I'm talking about my Itoh peony 'Cora Louise' who burst into ecstatic bloom while we were away in California, and was still in bloom when we returned. She's flaunting a handful of blowsy flowers, all in various stages of openness.
|Cuddling up with the foliage from an Eryngium 'Jade Frost'|
|At least she has the good sense to blush|
|Sneaking a peak at Cora's naughty bits|
|The poor girl, looking the worse for wear -- I fear the bees have had their way with her, and now the Dactylhorizae flower beside her is trying to steal her thunder|
She's my only Itoh peony, and I'm as taken with her as the bees are. I don't know much about Itoh peonies, so I'm wondering if those naughty bits are now going to turn into an interesting and colorful seedpod. I sure hope so!