Monday, June 27, 2011

Garden Peony

Garden Peony
Paeonia lactiflora
(pay-OHN-ee-uh) (lak-tee-FLOR-uh)

This Peony was blooming last week long after all the others had finished. I am not sure why the picture came out the way it did as it was high noon when I took the photo. Peonies are a much requested flower for us. They grow and bloom nicely so it isn’t a problem to add them to the garden. Staking them would be the only hassle in growing them but once you have a support system in place it an be used over many years.

It’s funny because a little while ago I posted that I thought white flowers were no longer in vogue. It seems since then almost all I have posting have been white flowers. The way this Peony was glowing surely helps the case for white flowers as the color showed off nicely against the dark green foliage.

We have been managing a big garden in Greenwich, Connecticut for the last several years and when we started there were Peonies planted in all different areas. Two years ago I got the idea of putting them all in one central bed for two reasons. One was the ease of maintenance and the other was to be able to view and cut the flowers easier for the owner. It has worked out well and I was able to sneak in a couple of new cultivars at the same time.

1 comment:

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Your white Peony looks like 'Charlie's White', the one I have on order for my family garden. I like how peonies are fragrant in addition to great staying power in a vase.