Last spring, I bought a tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa) that was marked as being yellow with orange edging. It was too young to have bloomed that year, so I brought it home, planted it, and waited in anticipation of this spring, when I imagined I'd see something that looks like 'Kinkaku'.
The three other tree peonies are finished blooming and their seed heads have been cut away. This fourth one was determined to keep me in suspense by holding off, maybe because it didn't want to share the spotlight with the others.
It broke into full bloom today and it doesn't look like 'Kinkaku'. It's not even yellow. I would describe it to you, but I really can't, so I'll show you...
No, it's not 'Kinkaku', but it is unbelievably beautiful. Even the photos don't show the subtle shadings of color - yes, that hint of yellow that makes true pink turn into coral. But that's not quite it either. No matter. I simply love it and it was worth the wait.