Every summer, from about late May to mid June, peonies burst into flower across the country. At Penshurst Place the 100 metre peony border is a sight to behold.
Where to see peonies
I am very lucky to have been granted very special access to Penshurst Place House and Gardens on a number of occasions now. Each visit, out of hours either before the sun rises or just before it sets, is a therapy all of its’ own. Being able to wander the grounds of the formal gardens with no one else around, to hear the lyrical bird song at dawn or dusk, to breathe in the scents of the glorious blooms…..it is truly magical!
100 metre Peony Border
Penshurst Place is famous for its’ 100 metre long peony border which explodes with pastels, pinks and perfection each year. Normally, it’s at its’ height in early to mid June.
If you haven’t ever been to see the peonies, I can’t recommend a trip to Penshurst Place highly enough. The peonies are only around for a fleeting couple of weeks, so if you would like to see them this year, get over to the Penshurst Place website to find out when they are flowering and to book your ticket.
Fauna as well as flora!
As well as all the glory of the gardens, there is an abundance of bird life at Penshurst Place too. I find one of the most rewarding things about being a photographer is watching and capturing images of wildlife doing what they do best. In the tranquility of the formal gardens at dawn, watching gold finches, blue tits, robins, blackbirds, green woodpeckers and even a heron flying and flitting about, feeding, nesting and singing is a wholly restorative and therapeutic experience. I can highly recommend getting up and out before anyone else, and being at one with nature.
Enjoy the full glory of a sunrise at Penshurst Place in this short video…..bliss!