Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wearing boxing gloves and singing hearts and flowers

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).

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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.


Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

That's a lovely colour of flower. They never stay in flower long enough for me but thankfully mine have been in tight bud all weekend as the weather up north has been more like March.

Helen/patientgardener said...

Buckeye belle is the Peony we planted in AnnMarie Powell's garden - really lovely and a nice change to the big flamboyant ones.

Anonymous said...

What a looker! And her name suits her perfectly - feminine, yet she packs a punch!

Peonies are one of my absolute favorites. I never tire of looking at them and don't care how short their bloom season is! They're worth it!

Garden Decking said...

Peonies really pack a 'colour punch'. A lovely addition to just about any type of garden

Boxing Glove said...

Enjoyed reading post on your blog.!