Peonies: The Epitome of June

June 6, 2011

Pink tree peonies

Blowsy bloom with its petticoat of petals

“It always seemed to me that the herbaceous peony is the very epitome of June.  Larger than any rose, it has something of the cabbage rose’s voluminous quality; and when it finally drops from the vase, it sheds its petticoat with a bump on the table, all in an intact heap, much as a rose will suddenly fall, making us look up from our book or conversation, to notice for one moment the death of what had still appeared to be a living beauty.”
— Vita Sackville-West

Watercolor sketch of tree peony

3 Responses to “Peonies: The Epitome of June”


  1. I must find a copy of V S-W her words speak to me.


  2. […] Peonies: the Epitome of June, June 6, 2011 […]


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