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Peony

In the spring of 2002, I planted a large potted peony along the side of the house, in the spot where the stricta juniper used to stand.  It seems to be doing quite well and has a number of buds that show promise.

2002 Peony

It's June of 2003 and judging by these buds, the peony is going to be putting on quite a show!

2003 Peony

Not only are the flowers gorgeous, they're wonderfully fragrant too!

2003 Peony

2003 Peony

2003 Peony

2003 Peony

2003 Peony

With a new camera, here's the actual color of the peony.

2003 Peony

Judging by the buds, the peony is going to put on quite a show -- mid-May, 2004.

2004 Peony

2004 Peony

2004 Peony

2004 Peony

2004 Peony

2004 Peony

2004 Peony\

It's mid-May 2005 and judging from the buds, the peony should put on quite a show this year.

2005 Peony

Memorial Day and the peony is getting ready to pop!

2005 Peony

POP!

2005 Peony

2005 Peony

2005 Peony

2005 Peony

2005 Peony

2005 Peony

2005 Peony

2005 Peony

2005 Peony

2005 Peony

2005 Peony

It's mid-may 2006 and the peony is getting ready to blossom.

2006 Peony

2006 Peony

2006 Peony

2006 Peony

2006 Peony

2006 Peony

2006 Peony

2006 Peony

2006 Peony

2006 Peony

2006 Peony

It's now the first of May 2007 and the peony is pushing up through its support with very vigorous growth that's already full of buds.

2007 peony

Fast forward a couple of weeks and the peony is covered with buds that are getting ready to open.

2007 peony

The peony is about ready to pop!

2007 peony

Saturday, 26 May -- POP!

2007 peony

2007 peony

2007 peony

2007 peony

2007 peony

2007 peony

2007 peony

2007 peony

It's early May 2008 and the peony is putting on strong growth, with many buds already in evidence.  This year, I got the peony support in place early enough and as a result the growth is strong and upright, as you can see.

2008 peony

Just a week or so later and the peony is getting ready to pop!

2008 peony

Just after Memorial Day, they're starting to open.  The peony seems to like the suspense!

2008 peony

2008 peony

Finally!

2008 peony

2008 peony

2008 peony

2008 peony

2008 peony

2008 peony

2008 peony

It's late May 2009 and the peony has begun to bloom.

2009 peony

2009 peony

2009 peony

2009 peony

2009 peony

In the rebuild of the foundation planting bed in the side yard garden, the peony is the only plant that I saved, digging it up the night before work was supposed to start.

2010 herbaceous peony

As soon as the bed was completed, I had the landscaper replant it.  It's growing nicely and should do well.

2010 herbaceous peony

As the centerpiece of the new foundation bed in the side yard, the landscaper put in an Itoh peony.  This is a cross between the herbaceous peonies, such as the one above, and the tree peonies that do not die back in winter.  I will admit that I'm very curious as to what this will look like when it blooms.  Unlike the herbaceous peonies, this one is supposed to not need a support ring.  The variety is called "Cora Louise".

2010 itoh peony cora louise

2010 itoh peony cora louise

It's now May and the Itoh peony has done very well.  In fact, it's bloomed!  Absolutely exquisite!

2010 itoh peony cora louise

2010 itoh peony cora louise

And here she is, Cora Louise.

2010 itoh peony cora louise

2010 itoh peony cora louise

2010 itoh peony cora louise

2010 itoh peony cora louise

2010 itoh peony cora louise

2010 itoh peony cora louise

2010 itoh peony cora louise

2010 itoh peony cora louise

2010 itoh peony cora louise

The old transplanted peony has done very well and is also getting ready to bloom.

2010 herbaceous peony

And bloom it has!

2010 herbaceous peony

2010 herbaceous peony

2010 herbaceous peony

It's late-April 2011 and judging by the growth thus far, both peonies are going to be spectacular this year!  First is the Itoh peony.

2011 itoh peony cora louise

By mid-May, the buds have formed and are growing, promising a spectacular show!

2011 itoh peony cora louise

As we get into late May, the first of the large fat buds has begun to open!

2011 itoh peony cora louise

And away we go!

2011 itoh peony cora louise

2011 itoh peony cora louise

2011 itoh peony cora louise

2011 itoh peony cora louise

2011 itoh peony cora louise

2011 itoh peony cora louise

2011 itoh peony cora louise

2011 itoh peony cora louise

2011 itoh peony cora louise

2011 itoh peony cora louise

2011 itoh peony cora louise

2011 itoh peony cora louise

Here's the herbaceous peony in late April.  I already had to put the support in place!

2011 herbaceous peony

In mid-May, it's getting ready to blossom!

2011 herbaceous peony

It's now late May and the herbaceous peony has bloomed.

2011 herbaceous peony

2011 herbaceous peony

2011 herbaceous peony

2011 herbaceous peony

Both peonies survived the very mild winter and have erupted from the ground in early April.  First is the herbaceous peony.

2012 herbaceous peony

Next is the Itoh peony.

2012 itoh peony



Last Updated: 08 Jan 2015

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