Petal dance - a race against the ravages of time
DP161-2016 Posted Friday, June 10
Some peonies age more gracefully, or more interestingly than others. While many lose color or turn brown, and have the petals collapse into an unsightly mess before they fall to the ground, some keep their colors and let the petals and other flower parts fall away in a progression that leaves the interiors of the blooms exposed. Japanese and anemone form blooms typically age this way, and Gay Paree is an example. She's a pink and white anemone form, and here you see a bloom in which the large pink guard petals are curving backward, away from the crown of white petaloids. which themselves are beginning to curl and fall away, leaving the green waxy carpels exposed.
Bed 22 Gay Paree (2ab)
Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor
Taken June 6, 2016
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