Perfect Peony

Tree Peony at
The Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Richmond, Virginia
.

Sometimes I don’t realize that I’ve taken a perfect picture until I get home and start reviewing my work. That was the case with this tree peony.

The color, the symmetry, the unfolding of the petals – all made for a rich and luxurious flower, waiting for me to release it to the world.

# # #

The background was replaced with Daily Texture’s Sweet Tooth. Finishing was done in ON1 with radiance sunshine, center spot vignette, and the Martha border.

This was taken at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, Virginia.

Blasted Buds

One of the biggest frustrations my favorite boy toy had with his orchid business was a condition called bud blast.  It happens for a variety of reasons, from a rapid change in temperature to incorrect moisture in the greenhouse to just reasons unknown.  All that work, all that effort, and you now have to wait a whole year to again see blooms.

Our peonies outside do the same thing.  That usually happens because they start to bloom and the temperature drops or like this year, it started to rain and wouldn’t stop.  The peonies are so pretty, the blooms don’t last long anyhow, and blasted buds make it go that much faster.

Not every bud dropped off though.

Word for tomorrow – SCRIPT.  If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.