And so it begins …

May 21, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Posted in flowers, gardening, Holidays, Life, photography | 3 Comments
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This is Rhoda’s (my heirloom Giant Tree Peony) first bud to open this year. She always opens right around or on Memorial Day weekend. Yesterday afternoon I found only this one bud beginning to show a little pink.
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This morning, early, I found that one bud had already blossomed open to this stage. The petals remind me of soft protective layers of baby blankets sheltering precious cargo within.
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There were four blossoms total open this much first thing this morning. I know for the next two or three days each time I venture outside there will be more opened, and they will bloom large and rich, big and fast then fade so quickly I will hardly be able to catch them with my lens.

Too beautiful for mere words, this lovely flowering shrub.

~firefly

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