Tree Peony

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” -Marcel Proust

When a friend became ill, she could no longer care for her tree peonies (actually a woody shrub), and she gifted three of them to me.  They are also known as Chinese, or Japanese, tree peonies.

I don’t know the varieties of the beauties that she gave me.  I don’t even know what color they are.  I’ve been patiently waiting 3+ years for them to bloom.

But this spring I was rewarded with one gorgeous creamy yellow blossom from the one tree peony that I thought was the one least likely to survive (she did not like being transplanted at all).

Tree Peony

The blossom is all the more sweeter since my friend has lost her battle to cancer earlier this year. 

Vera would be pleased with her legacy.

6 responses to “Tree Peony

  1. OH HOW BEAUTIFUL! I think it is your friend’s soul blooming through this one… 🙂 Oh and by the way, I love peonies and have been looking for many varieties and if I can judge correctly from this photo, you have a rare (and quite pricey) yellow variety here – real gem! Check this site for more info:


    • Thank you Marija! I love peonies, too. I also have quite a few varieties. I did try looking up this particular one, including the link that you sent me. Pricey or not, she’s precious because of whom she represents. My garden is like that. I take a walk in it, and I am reminded of this friend, or that one.


  2. Lucky you! Peonies are my favorite and this one is a beauty.


  3. That shade of yellow is simply gorgeous!


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