peony season

it’s my favorite time of year…peony season! peonies just seem to make every atmosphere or situation a little sweeter. i also love rereading mary oliver’s “peonies” – here’s an excerpt from the poem:

all that dampness and recklessness
gladly and lightly,
and there it is again–
beauty the brave, the exemplary,

blazing open.
Do you love this world?
Do you cherish your humble and silky life?
Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath?

Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden,
and softly,
and exclaiming of their dearness,
fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,
their eagerness
to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are
nothing, forever?

enjoy your thursday! xo

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{all photos my own except #4 via Apartment 34}

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