June 17, 2014

Peony Season

It is this time of year again when peonies adorn my world and make my heart sing. I wait for the seasons to pass for peonies to bloom and spread their scent and flamboyant, yet impermanent beauty. I might be so in love with these big perfect colourful flower heads because they are as beautiful and fragile as life itself. They won't last forever; their heartbreakingly short time in bloom will always remind us nothing is permanent and nothing will be, so the only chance we have is to be present, to pay attention, to take nothing for granted, to enjoy the moment, to be amazed and grateful, to live life as it is...
Last Sunday, on Father's Day, my son and I took Dad to the Peony Festival in Oshawa. Isn't it a great gift to a man who loves flowers, takes care of them, appreciates beauty in all its forms and, most importantly, lives life to the fullest. It was magical and even overwhelming with all the 300 types of peonies (one of Canada's largest contemporary peony collections) displayed at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Garden. They were like a symphony orchestra where every musical instrument produces the perfect sound only to add its colour and character to the orchestra creating the most incredible musical performance...


What makes your heart sing these days?

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  1. Leslie in Portland, OregonJune 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Bunches of peonies from the nearest farmer's market each Saturday! And a superb performance of Verde's Requiem.

  2. This is so lovely. Peonies are my favorite flower, well at least one of my favorites...there are so many beautiful flowers to choose from!

  3. beautiful!
    while driving this afternoon we passed a country home with a table set up on their lawn and sweet chalk board sign saying Peony bunches $6.00 ~ I think everyone loves peonies.

  4. Lovely friend,

    Like you, flowers are making my heart chant another tune....our neighbor's peonies can be seen from where I sit in my covered deck area. To see them against the lush green of my boxwoods, to hear the birds sing, to see them build nests and to watch the baby rabbits visit my garden is the joy of my life right now. I am reading more than I get a chance to during the school year, and my mind is exploding with ideas and joy.

    SOOOOO GOOD to see your work and read your passions. BE WELL! Anita

  5. It must have been wonderful to see so many peonies all at once. They are so beautiful.

  6. So lovely! Especially the pale lavender color. It must have been a wonderful event to attend.

  7. Ohhhh...heaven on earth.....oh yes.
    You and I, dear sister, are both in love with this magnificent flower...do you remember it from childhood?
    Exquisite are your images.....
    And your prose always moves me profoundly.
    You are a blessing.... :)
    Enjoy these delicious summer days, dear and beautiful friend....
    Love and hugs to you,
    - Irina

  8. Hi Sylvia, beautiful blooms... so gorgeous, and amazing photography! I enjoyed the article of you in Scarlet Pink Magazine, it is really lovely to meet you and experience your creative world!
    Shine on!

  9. A Peony Festival, wouldn't that be lovely! The air would be simply heady with the scent, wouldn't it? Your peonies are just gorgeous and you're so right about them being fragile like life itself. A good analogy. Lovely photos and thank you for sharing them with us.


  10. This is just what I needed to read today. Thank you for your lovely heartfelt words...so true...and mysteriously, mesmerizing peony photos. Beautiful.

    1. Thank you very much, Kerrie, for your compliment on my work! 'I've just visited your beautiful and peaceful blog and I love it!

  11. Beautiful flowers...perfect for PINK SAT. :)

  12. This is my first visit to your blog. I'm visiting from Pink Saturday.

    Peonies are my favorite flower. They are absolutely stunning!

    Blessings on your day,

  13. You have some of the prettiest peonies ever. I have never had much luck with them.

  14. I'm visiting from Pink Saturday. Your peonies are gorgeous! They are such a lush and romantic flower, I love them. Your pictures are stunning.

  15. Wow, what gorgeous flowers. And I agree, peonies are wonderfully delightful. I read your 'about' and I agree with what you said about chocolate. In fact, there's no better 'high' than dark chocolate and God :)


  16. Peony season has come and gone here and I am missing mine. The fragrance is intoxicating.

  17. What lovely photos! I do so love peonies also. They are so romantic and gentle and the fragrance well...
    I so agree with you on fleeting moments. I have lilacs they the bloom time for them is brief as well. Every year I cannot wait for them to bloom.

  18. Hi Sylvia, What a delightful outing! The photo's you took look beautiful. I like the 'faded look' you give them. What makes my heart sing a the moment? My girls, happy memories and my allotment garden :-)!

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

  19. Oh these are beautiful Sylvia! That is one plant I have yet to add to the garden, but we took out all of the trees and I should have the sun for it now. Thank you for linking with Home Sweet Home!

  20. Your images are awesome! I am envious, they challenge me. Thank you!


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