Friday, 18 June 2010

'Sarah Bernhardt'

One can be restrained about paeonies

and consider them elegantly disposed
upon a plate of great beauty.

Or one can heap a pile of paeonies
upon the plate
with extravagant abandon

and fall into the frills and folds
face first.

21 comments:

  1. What a great idea - beautiful.

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  2. I can never ever never be restrained about peonies!

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  3. Will you cry if I tell you that I have never actually seen a real live paeony? They only exist in your beautiful photographs.

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  4. A girl can NEVER have too many paeonies. I find that I have to vie with mother nature for mine. With the paeonies, inevitably comes rain and wind, so mine are picked once they are in bloom....... and the scent...... oh the S C E N T! Mine don't find a beautiful blue and white plate, they (being white) are put in what is referred to in this house as "the school custard jug".

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  5. Luckily we can do both thanks to your fabulous photography!

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  6. By now you all now that my favourite flower of ALL is the peony.
    I am fascinated by their gentle beauty and colour and texture.
    Thank you for posting them, I can't have them here so when you have them, please share them.
    They are magnificent.
    Thanks!

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  7. To me, they are some of the most beautiful of all flowers!

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  8. Exquisite photos.

    I can almost smell them.

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  9. I still miss the pink peonies outside my front door in Williamstown, and it's been eight years now! They really are the most beautiful flowers.

    K x

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  10. MrM is under strict instructions not to damage the paeonies when he goes past them on his way to the shed at the end of the garden.

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  11. Those are just so beautiful.

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  12. one can and should!!

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  13. Zelda Fitzgerald used to wear one in her hair. Lovely!

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  14. Those are lovely flowers, just like soft fluffy clouds of pinkness!

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  15. i love peonies we have them dotted all round our living room they smell so pretty, fliss xx

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  16. Since I in my ignorance thought it wasspelt 'peony' it made me wonder about the meaning of the word paeon. So, now I know its a foot of verse(?) made up of four syllable..one long and three short in any oder.
    But then I discovered Paeon was the healer of the gods. Well I think they must be named after him because how could you not feel well after looking at these beautiful flowers so beautifully photographed?

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  17. Sorry for all the typing errors in that comment.

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  18. Wonderful! My very favorite flower.

    Flannery @ Three Sisterz
    threesisterz.blogspot.com

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