but they never left the ground.
The Summer Palace, Beijing – April 2009
The peony is the unofficial national flower of China, so it is rare to see a public garden or temple grounds that does not have peonies. They grow in several different forms- some are like typical garden flowers on thin stems, some grow on short shrubs, and these were on tree-like plants four to six feet tall. The larger branches are two to three inches in diameter.