I didn't read Kim's post very carefully last week; Texture Tuesday is "officially on hiatus."
Without a doubt, peonies are the most "voluptuous" of flowers. When I express my love for them, people often say, "But they are gone so quickly!" I didn't think so, but when my own 25 peony plants seemed to be gone in a flash, I realized that my greatest experience with peonies was in my late mother's extensive (300+ plants) peony garden. They seemed to bloom for a month. Of course that was because she had peonies that were early, mid and late bloomers, so the season was extended. Even then, it was sad when the last peony's petals dropped to the ground. This week, the last of my peonies bloomed. This fall, I'm planting 10 more peonies with the hope that I can enjoy them for a longer period next summer.
Edited with Perfect Effects 8, kk_mudding