Thursday, February 9, 2012

Daily Inspiration: Massive Blooms

There is nothing like a peony in full bloom... Just look at these!

Both of these peonies are growing happily in my parent's garden. The lavender variety (a tree peony: Paeonia suffruticosa Kamata-nishika) has dinner plate sized blooms. Absolutely breathtaking. The yellow one (shrub type: Paeonia x 'Bartzella') is a harder to come by variety. If you see one of these...don't even think it!

1 comment:

  1. Hi, just wanted to comment that I have grown "Bartzella" for several years and it is awesome! Mine is a brighter yellow than the one pictured. The stems are so sturdy that I've never needed to stake it, and the plant is hardy and vigorous. The earliest blooms are very large, 8-9 inches; the later ones a little smaller but borne well above the foliage. The fragrance, too, is outstanding. The plant is handsome well into fall. I'm in Zone 4 and it's done very well with very little fussing. Mine didn't bloom the first 2 or 3 years -- maybe I planted it too deep -- but it was well worth the wait. An outstanding performer in every way.