Late spring is my favorite time in the garden. While the first pops of color from spring bulbs are a welcome sight, I love to see the perennials come back to life. I absolutely love the big bursts of color that they bring after the dreary winter. There are big bearded irises popping up all over the yard. The clematis cover their supports with buds and blooms. The rhododendron is a mass of pink blooms, and the weigela is beautifully pink and red. However, the prize of the late spring garden for me is the huge peony bloom.
I have a bunch of peonies that pop up all over the perennial beds. Those red shoots are a welcome site in early spring, knowing that they are still active and growing underground. But the pièce de résistance are the blooms. They are covered with huge blooms of amazing colors. From the subtle whites and yellows, to light and dark pinks, deep magenta, and purples, the colors are amazing. And the blooms come in classic, subtly beautiful single blooms to full, heavy, bursting double varieties.
Below is a sample of some of the peony blooms I’m enjoying in my garden these days. Thankfully, we haven’t gotten a heavy rain yet to drop the blooms to the ground. Staking is definitely recommended, but I usually just chance it. Enjoy them while they last, sadly, they will be gone all too soon.