On Sunday I was given a beautiful bunch of deep pink peonies, gorgeous! Over the course of these past five days I have seen them open up and change from a deep dark pink to salmon and now a fading pink to soft yellow. I don't think they will last much longer, but what a wonderful show they have given me!
A few years ago I copied one of the flowering peonies in my garden in miniature. This peony is a single flowering variety in a bright pink colour with a soft yellow center, really striking!
The miniature peony is part of a little miniature display I keep in my utility room. But with its east and south facing windows, the little peony has faded badly over the years. I'm not at all happy about it, but I didn't exactly want to throw it out either.
This morning at breakfast I was looking at my fading full sized peonies and I realized the colour of my miniature peonies was now similar to the colour of the real ones. What has taken only five days in real life has taken a few years in miniature. Maybe I'll hang on to them a little while longer after all ;-)