|There is something so promising about flower buds, here in a holding pattern of various stages.|
|'The Fawn' has delicate spots.|
|'White Cap' forms a bouquet at the end of its stems if not disbudded.|
|'Pink Parasol Surprise' offers a unique display.|
One caveat about 'White Cap' and its bouquet on a stem--staking is strongly recommended to enjoy the show.
At the opposite end of the spectrum are peonies like 'Pink Parasol Surprise', which beg to be disbudded. This is one bodacious peony, with an extra pouf of petals extending from a central tuft of stamenodes. I've found that the flowers don't put on a show to their full potential if their side buds aren't removed early on.
|A bouquet on a plant is what 'The Fawn' produces without disbudding.|
One of the best sources for peony information is Carsten Burkhardt's Peony Project. I've found it to be accurate and comprehensive, especially regarding peonies introduced in the 20th century and earlier. There is no other online resource that lists or gives information about all peonies ever registered with the American Peony Society. The American Peony Society also offers some resources in the form of print publications. For detailed yet digestible information about all things peonies, visit Quebec's La Pivoinerie D'Aoust Peony Nursery's FAQ page.