Peony Time!

Ahh, peonies. Easy-going, romantic, and full of variety. I love them in the garden. I love them as cut flowers. I just think their old-fashioned beauty is charming. They make me think of my grandmothers. Here’s a look at the peonies blooming in our garden this spring:

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‘Pink Spritzer’ peony

 

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‘Paree Fru Fru’ peony

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Mystery fancy-single type bush peony: there were some distressed, unknown varieties of peonies for sale for very cheap at the Dawes sale a few years ago. I got 2. 1 made it, 1 didn’t. This is the surprise peony that survived, isn’t it striking?

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‘Ann Cousins’ (I think!) peony with bonus false indigo

There are so many gorgeous varieties of peonies to choose from. (Around 3,000 is the estimate I keep finding.) It is both hard to choose because they are all so tempting—and easy because one can hardly go wrong! I love the sheer extravagance of the bomb-type flowers (like the Ann Cousins)- absolutely worth the effort of hooping/staking to deal with the drooping. I also love the exoticism of the fancy single type blooms (like the Pink Spritzer) and their relatively lighter blooms don’t tend to droop or need hoops/stakes.This year, we picked up a ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peony plant at the Chadwick Arboretum sale- a pink bomb flower that has been available since 1906. Such a classic, I can hardly wait for it to bloom next year. 🙂

What’s your favorite peony variety?

 

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Current Blooms Bouquet

008Threw together this little bouquet of flowers currently blooming in our garden yesterday morning. Ah, peonies! I love them so much. I actually got two more peony plants at the Dawes sale: one pink and extra fragrant, one a mystery plant that is not quite yet in bloom. The false indigo is also rather spectacular. Must run now and weed a bit before work!