Once upon a time (all good stories begin with once upon a time) many centuries ago a delicate tree grew in China.
The flowers on this tree were so magnificent, so unusual only the Emperor of China was allowed to possess a tree peony.
These tree peonies would live up to one hundred years, but they could never be moved for they would die.
Beauty such as this could not be held captive by one man.
In the eighth century the royal court of China shared these blossoms with Japan.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “if the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare”.
Truly the Japanese Tree Peony is the star in this garden. Blossoms, heavy with fragrance and the size of dinner plate, fill one with rapturous, delirious delight.
One can only stand