|The girls enjoying the breezy screen porch.|
|Peony 'Tom Cat' in the foreground, 'Coral Sunset' |
at left and 'White Cap' at right.
You may remember my lament about leaving my garden in mid-May when the peonies were just beginning to open. We came home yesterday evening, just in the nick of time to see nearly all 40-some peonies opened up. I cut a bouquet just before dark so I could enjoy the flowers indoors.
This morning I got outside as early as I could to start snapping photos. While there are around 10 plants that are still in a tight bud stage, some, like 'Tom Cat' are nearly past their prime.
|'Rare Flower of Frosty Dew'|
The Chinese peony 'Rare Flower of Frosty Dew' bloomed for the first time and it's fragrant! It took this variety three years to bloom, but I'm happy to say its perfume adds a great deal to the heady mix that pervades my garden when the peonies are at their peak.
|Peony 'Judith Eileen'|
My last tree peony to bloom is 'Ariadne', an absolute stunner introduced by Nassos Daphnis. All of his tree peonies have such wonderful, ethereal coloration. I now have two of his introductions, including 'Calypso'.
|Tree peony 'Ariadne'|