This is the first and only time I've taken photos of this tree peony outside the studio window. The blooms are huge and very short lived so I always seem to miss them in their prime. I ran out during a brief break in the rain to capture it. The soft light and the moisture on the petals make them look almost like paintings.
I love when this enormous hasta emerges in the spring. The leaves are 3+ feet and at the base a colony of hundreds of tiny baby snails. I can't bring myself to kill them and luckily this plant seems too tough for them to bother much so it is spared their munching.
There are advantages and disadvantages to being caught in an unexpected downpour. While huddled under a tree during my early morning walk I saw the weight of the rain bring these flower fronds to the ground. They were so pretty with the drops gathering on them, which is more than I can say for my hair, it did not fend so well and is a complete loss.