Peonies: Buds to Blooms

Unlike last year, when barely a bud was to be found, this year’s Peony bushes have been full!  As each day passed, the buds opened and the most beautiful blooms emerged. I just could not stop shooting and before I knew it, the file had grown to over 60 images.

Have no fear!  I’m only sharing some of the images, most in color, some in B&W.

The images progess from buds

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and the ants that help the buds to open.

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Then the blooms began to open

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Even the leaves are captivating

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I only wish I could somehow share the aroma of these gorgeous flowers!

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