Raspberry Sorbet Peonies

[This was written when I had a photo of pink peonies in my header.]

As you can see by my header and avatar, I love peonies. My mom grew them for years and I have fond memories of their fragrance filling up our home. I wish they lived longer–they’re so beautiful.

Last weekend Mr. Prose and I went to Seneca Creek State Park, where they have a great collection of peonies. My favorite is this one, Raspberry Sorbet:

another view

The layers of pink, lavender and cream get me every time. Here’s one peeking out from the weeds:

And lastly, a closeup of those layers:

Raspberry sundae

On all sides
the peony wards off
rain clouds

~Yosa Buson (Japanese poet, 1716-1783)

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14 Responses to Raspberry Sorbet Peonies

  1. flyinggma says:

    Love the quote and the beautiful photos. I can’t wait until mine start blooming. I wish they bloomed longer as well. I remember Mom having about a dozen plants when I was growing up and it was always fun to bring some for our teacher at the end of the school year.

  2. Love the pictures as always and the poem.

  3. Caroline says:

    Lovely, lovely post. The flower is so beautiful and I love Haiku’s.
    I wouldn’t have thought they smell, I assumed it was like azalea.

  4. Lady Jennie says:

    I love peonies too and want to grow them. I had the thought this year about perhaps trying more flowers and less vegetables, at least using my garden space better.

  5. bonniegunkel says:

    For some reason (stupid firewall) I can’t view your photos at work so I have been waiting ALL day to see this post. It was worth the wait. These are GORGEOUS!!! I’ve never seen that type before. Just beautiful!

  6. jacquelincangro says:

    Did you call them raspberry sorbet or is that the name of this variety? Either way, it’s just a perfect description.
    The last shot looks like a Georgia O’Keeffe painting!

  7. Susan says:

    An incredibly beautiful flower. Here in California they are a hot commodity at the farmers market. $7 for ONE BLOOM!! But your photos are of a kind I’ve never even imagined. Absolutely beautiful.
    The poem was as lovely and delicate as the peony. Thanks for sharing.
    Totally dreamy photos. Sigh.

    • Yes, I remember buying them at Trader Joe’s in California and then they lasted only a day or two, sigh. Finally bought some fake ones at a Home Depot Expo Center right before it folded. Thanks so much for the kind words.

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