In a vase, tree peony ‘Chinese Dragon’

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The tree peony ‘Chinese Dragon’ blooms in May, when it usually is beaten down by heavy rain. Rather than rail at the misfortune, I decided to bring them into the house and join in Rambling in the Garden’s meme, In a Vase on Monday.

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p align=”left”>Here’s a shot that shows the shape of the vase. It’s one I got from a potter friend, Alyce Flitcraft. It has the typical tall conical shape, but then flares out at the top.

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Plus, the rim of the flare is slightly ragged, making it even more interesting.

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Here’s a close-up of the flowers and the lovely foliage, which goes on to be used as filler in many other bouquets, long after the fleeting flowers have passed.

9 Responses to “In a vase, tree peony ‘Chinese Dragon’”

  1. Beth @ PlantPostings Says:

    Pure magic, Ricki! I do the same with my Peonies and Irises in late May/early June when they bloom during our heaviest downpours and windstorms. That first photo shows your artistic talent–arranging the blooms in such a creative way! Love the vase!

  2. Loree /danger garden Says:

    Oh those are lovely, both the vase and the sexy dark flowers. Nice combo.

  3. ricki Says:

    Beth~I’m always hesitant to cut things from the garden, so stormy weather is kind of a boon, in a way.

    Loree~Thank you very much.

  4. Cathy Says:

    How stylish – just a few blooms and a vase, as simple as that, and it really works! That’s what I love about this meme – it needn’t be a complicated procedure, and it’s something we can all do. I didn’t notice how the vase flared out at the top at first – that’s a useful feature. Look forward to seeing more of your vases, stormy weather or not – oh, and if you leave a link on your comment on my post then other people can find you more easily too.

  5. ricki Says:

    Cathy~I had a little trouble leaving a link, but better luck next time. At least the first part of my comment got through. Thanks for hunting me down.

  6. Grace Peterson Says:

    Absolutely exquisite. The color of those peony blossoms is to die for and the foliage is such a gorgeous filler. I often bring in my spring-battered flowers. No reason to leave them out there to suffer, right?

  7. ricki Says:

    Grace~Yep, it takes all the guilt away, doesn’t it

  8. wendy Says:

    wow, really beautiful!

  9. ricki Says:

    Wendy~Thanks!

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