All I want to do today is praise the tree peony. A flamboyant, extrovert, voluptuous flower, outrageously over the top and yet with a paradoxical elegance and subtlety.
Tree peonies don’t come easily. Patience is required to cultivate them. They are best planted and then forgotten until, suddenly and miraculously, a bloom visible from 100 paces calls out and says “Here I am at last.”