Lighter than the rich raspberry of 'White Cap', but with something else entirely going on at its center, 'Pink Derby' reminds me once again of the humongous array of looks within the world of herbaceous peonies.
|'Pink Derby' in the stage that reminds me of a bowl of ice cream.|
|A fully-opened 'Pink Derby' is a breathtaking sight.|
|Not a trick of the light, but 'The Fawn's' subtle pattern of pink spatters on a paler pink background.|
She's an old-fashioned girl, named after a teacher in a one-room school house. 'Chestine Gowdy' was hybridized by Oliver Brand of Faribault, Minnesota and introduced in 1913. Opening late in the season on very tall stems, the double flowers are pink in bud and open nearly white with a pearly pink undertone at the base of the petals.
|'Chestine Gowdy' shows off pale pink petals that gradually fade to white.|
The term, "medium pink" doesn't do 'Belleville' justice. Which is probably why it was described upon introduction to the American Peony Society in 1998 as "cyclamen purple." In peonies, this is about as purple as it gets. There are also varieties described as orange, but they are more of a coral. Whatever it's called, 'Belleville' is a strong grower with a very respectable number of side buds.
|'Belleville' shows off the undersides (or outsides) of its petals as they unfurl.|
|Unlike some peonies with side buds, 'Belleville's' open nearly at once, allowing for a bouquet on a stem.|