Whatever you may choose, the peony does the work for you. With heads full of more petals than you can count (not ideal for a game of "he loves me") their color is both gentle and bold. If you don't have any growing in your yard, stop by a farmer's market this weekend and buy as many as you can afford, just one will do the trick. Place it in a vase next to your bed, in the morning move it to the kitchen table. Without question you should be able to see it when you take a bath.
In Virginia, the season is beginning now. The beautiful buds are reaching high and as soon as the head feels like a marshmallow, it is time to cut. The brilliant red charms (pictured above) are the first to open so don't wait too long....beauty is fleeting.
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