From our previous tale of the opening of the large white tree peony, click
here to refresh your memory, we know that once the color shows on the buds, the whole flower can open in one day if the temperature is warm and the sun is shining. We skeedaddle inside to locate the camera, barely brushing the dirt from our knees and palms. It is already late afternoon, how will this affect the opening, we wonder. There are two buds on this plant, one much more tightly closed than the other. We will try and capture the stages of unfurling for both.
At midday there is shade from the tall exbury azaleas growing behind this peony. The hidden bud is entirely open, The front bud is still tightly wound, but is showing signs of trying to burst free from the green covering.
Dinnertime comes around, time to go inside and try and throw together something edible and relax. But first, another round with the camera shows the dawdling bud to be at a most photogenic stage of bloom.
Flower number one is full blown. It will be downhill from now on as the petals will not be able to join together again in the evenings.
Here is the nearly black Japanese tree peony, Paeonia suffruticosa’ Hatsugarasu’ which means the early crow, with its two flowers for this year. Thank you, Mister Crow, for gracing us with your wine colored ornaments.
Just to keep in the wine colored theme, this columbine, aquilegia ‘Barlow Black’ has started its bloom period. The columbines are sometimes difficult to photograph because the blooms face downward. This beauty is growing on the four foot high wall behind the main house. One can stand on the gravel path below and look up into the face of the flower without doing a contortion act. Put this one on the ‘remember this’ list, plant the hanging bell type flowering plants along the wall.