Photo story: peonies at Arley Hall

Picture of a pink peony with golden stamens

Pink peony, with golden stamens, the flowers paling as the bloom ages

Picture of peonies in an early summer flower borders

Peonies with irises and violets in early summer flower borders beside the glasshouse at Arley Hall

Picture of double pink peonies

A pink peony with heavy, nodding, double blooms

Picture of a red peony in an early summer border

Red peony in an early summer border in one of Arley Hall’s walled gardens

Picture of a cream peony

A double cream peony with red stamens and red tinged buds

Picture of a cream shrub peony

Shrub peony with clusters of cream blooms held on strong stems

Picture of pink peonies with golden stamens

Pink peonies with golden stamens

Picture of a pale pink peony with many flowers

Pale pink peony with many flowers gracefully turning to face the sun

Picture of a cup shaped pink peony

Chalice shaped pink peony starting to open

Picture of a pink peony close up

Pink peony in sunlight

Picture of a bright, lipstick pink peony

Bright, lipstick pink peony

Picture of bright pink peonies in the kitchen garden

Bright pink peonies across from the kitchen garden

Picture of peonies and irises at Arley Hall

Pink and cream peonies and purple and white irises with a decorative, wire gazebo

Pictures of some of my favourite cottage garden plants, peonies, in a garden setting. I haven’t quite captured the true shade in my picture of the bright, lipstick pink peony, which was a bit too challenging – I’ll just have to try again next year!

If you love gardening, I’d encourage you to call in to visit the beautiful Arley Hall and Gardens in the North West of England for some peace and inspiration if you ever have a chance. It’s beautifully tended and planted, so you’ll find something of interest throughout the seasons, although I photographed the peonies over a couple of visits in early to mid June.

I’m planning to post more pictures from Arley before too long. Please follow me if you’d like to see them!

2 thoughts on “Photo story: peonies at Arley Hall

  1. Christina says:

    Beautiful peonies in perfect dull English light. If you like peonies you might like my posts about the peony farm near where I live where there are thousands of peonies!

    • susurrus says:

      Thanks Christina – your comment made me smile. I actually thought it was a bright summer’s day, but that’s the English for you!

      You have such beautiful light in your part of the world – it’s just amazing at dusk and dawn, so I can quite understand where you’re coming from. I don’t think I’ve ever strayed over as far as Lazio, but I love Tuscany. I’ll check out your post on the farm.

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