Age Related Musing

These are my favourite flowers – peonies. They seem to have a short season so I buy them much more often than I usually buy flowers because I luf them. They are blousy and bright and in your face. A bit like Bet Lynch behind the bar in Coronation Street. Then, after a couple of days they open really wide and the colour starts to change – fading down to a very pleasing creamy colour. 

Now they are not as barmaid-busty and the petals become much more delicate and sometimes bits fall off. They are still lovely though and perhaps even a bit more interesting than they were in the first flush of youth.
So I was thinking – do you think they remind you of people? We may not be as bright and bushy tailed as we were but maybe still interesting, still pretty in a sort of droopy kind of way and still pleasing to an experienced eye.I expect it’s just me then.



  1. May 2, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Yes, fading, bits falling off…it's me.
    In France we discovered a huge bank of white scented peonies in the garden of a house that we bought. They must have been there for years, still kept coming up fresh and yes, blowsy.
    I have one in my garden. It doesn't flower.

    • May 3, 2016 / 5:51 am

      Imagine a bank of them in the garden. Must have been lovely

  2. May 4, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    Peonies. I love them. Especially the shade of pink you have in your post, rather than the dark red or fuchsia pick varieties. Do you grow them too? We have quite a big garden but have no peonies growing there, because all the spaces already have something in that we love, and peonies need room.
    I have a square patch just grass (by the sandpit for the children to play) and mint. I was supposed to dig it up and plant strawberries this winter, but couldn't bring myself to because the mint looks so happy. It's striding about in great clumps.

    • May 4, 2016 / 8:33 pm

      I have asked Head of House to look into growing them. Apparently they used to be very popular and everybody had one in the garden. I think they must be making a comeback now.

  3. May 9, 2016 / 10:44 pm

    They are beautiful!!! They are your classic PRETTY flower!

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