June 14, 2013

Peony Prettiness

Wherever  I go, I see peonies... 
Peony prettiness everywhere...
Perhaps, lately, my mind is set on noticing only these sweetly fragrant flowers. Every second house in our neighbourhood is adorned with peonies - vanilla white, soft orchid pink, rich carmine red - filled with lushness, dropped laden with flowers... 
As showy as peonies appear, they have a genuine gift of making the surrounding extraordinary beautiful. The sight of blooming peonies provides a sense of serenity, evokes a feeling of beauty, grace and delicate sensuality. 
Peony flower has a floral meaning of shame, but can also signify a happy marriage and a happy life.
I couldn't stop photographing them and I think my camera loves peonies as much as I do...


By Mary Oliver 

This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready
to break my heart
as the sun rises,
as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers

and they open -
pools of lace,
white and pink -
and all day the black ants climb over them,

boring their deep and mysterious holes
into the curls,
craving the sweet sap,
taking it away

to their dark, underground cities -
and all day
under the shifty wind, as in a dance to the great wedding, 

the flowers bend their bright bodies,
and tip their fragrance to the air,
and rise, 
their red stems holding 

all that dampness and recklessness
gladly and lightly,
and there it is again -
beauty the brave, the exemplary,

blazing open.
Do you love the world?
Do you cherish your humble and silky life?
Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?

Do you also hurry, half- dressed and barefoot, into the garden,
and softly,
and exclaiming of their dearness,
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,
their eagerness
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are 
nothing, forever?

Thank you! 

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  1. Oh this is sublime! I posted about peonies last week on my blog and now will have to add this blog post entry to my ever growing list of peony blog posts! yours is so so beautiful.

    I also love that you have a poem by Mary Oliver! beautiful. beautiful. xxoo

  2. So beautiful Sylvia. I need to get these growing in my garden!

  3. You are rocking my world this morning, at 5:15am, as I can almost smell the peonies, and as I read my all-time favorite, MARY OLIVER. Dearest Sylvia, one of the joys for me as I observe my neighbor's bright pink peonies is to watch the ants meticulously unfold and peel back each petal. One must be willing to sit and watch for a while to see the miracle of the bloom.

    Your photos are again thrilling and soft. Thank you for this wonderful moment of silence. Happy weekend my dear friend! Anita

  4. Thank you for starting my day so beautifully!

  5. A beautiful post Sylvia! I love the photos of the gorgeous peonies. Delightful! Have a blessed weekend. Pamela

  6. Good Morning, Sylvia

    Your photos of peonies have such a soft and romantic feel. I have a lush bouquet nearby and love how the scent will waft across a room on a bit of a breeze. There is such pleasure in growing them in one's own garden.

    Enjoy your weekend.


  7. What a gorgeous post...Peonies are my favorite flower so this pretty much made my morning! Thank you for sharing!

  8. Your images are truly gorgeous! Magazine worthy for sure!

  9. just as beautiful as it was this morning! beauuuuuuuuu-teeeee-fullllll.

  10. this is a beautiful post. These peonies are gorgeous, your photos are lovely. Hopping over to leave some hugs and say Happy Pink Saturday! Hugs Katherine

  11. Your peonies are beautiful and your professional-quality photos are breathtaking.

    Happy Father's Day.


  12. Good morning beautiful sister! As I scroll down once again on this post, I am inspired even more to really expand my skills in photography; seeing your loving comments this morning really boosted my enthusiasm to take more of my own photos. Photography, like any other art (and this is just barely starting to make sense to me), requires keen observation. I love poetry, so I read and STUDY it constantly, seeing how the writer used syntax and rhyme, imagery and metaphor. If I draw, I've looked at an object long enough to get the essence of it then I sketch. But I've never given photography that same honor, but now I understand. Thank you for your style, model of artistry, and wealth of beauty that you share with us all.

    I hope you are enjoying the glories of all blossoms everywhere my sweet and lovely friend! Have a super Sunday! Anita

  13. Beautiful post in every way. Your photographs are so lovely. I am drawn in and sense the peonies fragrance. I wish I could make photos like yours.

  14. wow, I love peonies, my favourite flower of all! and you photographs are just perfect!!

  15. Oh thank goodness for you AND your camera! Lovely, lovely.

  16. Absolutely gorgeous! Like a little slice of heaven :)

  17. Your peonies are stunning! They are so soft and dreamy.

  18. One of my favorite flowers,
    one of my favorite poets,
    one of my favorite bloggers.


    I arrived back home from my
    brother's to my own peonies
    just beginning to open. Today
    I plan to head out at dusk and
    pick my own bouquet. They look
    so lovely next to my Japanese Iris
    that I almost hate to pick any,
    but your photos have inspired me : )

    Hope you are enjoying your summer
    so far, Sylvia!

    xo Suzanne

  19. This post has me sitting in awe at all the beauty you have captured dear Sylvia! You always inspire me and this really feeds my soul today.
    sending hugs and love...

  20. Again you have the most beautiful post...your pictures and words are so inspiring! I love peonies too SO much...still waiting for ours to bloom and I can't wait!

  21. I adore peonies.But we cannot grow them down here. Its just to hot and humid.I'v tried and tried.They are one of the most beautiful flowers. Your photos are sooo gorgeous.They have a calming effect. I also loved the verse.It was beautiful also.If I may ...I would love to tell it to my Ladies group I belong to.We are called the Busy Bees.
    This is a very lovely post.
    XXOO Marie Antoinette

  22. Ohh, such a beautiful post. With al those lovely Peony's.
    Your photo's are so great.
    I love it!
    Enjoy your weekend.

  23. Hi. These photos are so gorgeous!! Just wanted to stop by and let you know of a giveaway for a gift certificate to the opening of my new Etsy Shop: Daisy Pink Wish.........if you have time, please visit.........we would love to see you enter!

  24. Thank YOU, dear sister...
    Your photography is luscious and poetic, dearest Sylvia!! Do you know, these are my favorite flowers...I seek them out everywhere I go, and the brilliant Mary Oliver brings yet another facet to the experience...

    I hope you are enjoying the Summer, my dear...it is artful and glorious for you, I am sure!
    Are you planning a trip overseas?
    Thank you again for the splendor of this post as I take a deep virtual whiff of the most luxurious of flowers... :)
    Much love!!
    - Irina

  25. 6/25

    What a simply lovely post.

    Thank you...


  26. I just found your lovely lovely blog, so personal, so very beautifully styled...what a happy bit of joy you brought into my day.


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