Meet peony ‘Buckeye Belle’. I think she has avoided the notice of the weather gods; the weather gods pay an inordinate amount of interest to peonies. As soon as the bud gently opens, the weather gods react jealously, and throw torrential rain onto the flamboyant peony flowers, for fear of being upstaged in the drama stakes. However, ‘Buckeye Belle’ has dodged under their radar, as they are far too interested in the progress of ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ in the front garden. With the enemy distracted, ‘Buckeye Belle’ quietly gets on with flowering.
Her colour reminds me of the heavy, old–fashioned red leather boxing gloves, hence the title (courtesy of the wonderful Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera).
I fear that ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ will not be so lucky – the weather gods will ensure her disporting petals will be transformed into buds which look like a tissue that’s been through the washing machine.