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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.
It's June of 2003 and judging by these buds, the peony is going to be putting on quite a show!
Not only are the flowers gorgeous, they're wonderfully fragrant too!
With a new camera, here's the actual color of the peony.
Judging by the buds, the peony is going to put on quite a show -- mid-May, 2004.
It's mid-May 2005 and judging from the buds, the peony should put on quite a show this year.
Memorial Day and the peony is getting ready to pop!
It's mid-may 2006 and the peony is getting ready to blossom.
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.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and the peony is covered with buds that are getting ready to open.
The peony is about ready to pop!
Saturday, 26 May -- POP!
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.
Just a week or so later and the peony is getting ready to pop!
Just after Memorial Day, they're starting to open. The peony seems to like the suspense!
It's late May 2009 and the peony has begun to bloom.
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.
As soon as the bed was completed, I had the landscaper replant it. It's growing nicely and should do well.
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".
It's now May and the Itoh peony has done very well. In fact, it's bloomed! Absolutely exquisite!
And here she is, Cora Louise.
The old transplanted peony has done very well and is also getting ready to bloom.
And bloom it has!
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.
By mid-May, the buds have formed and are growing, promising a spectacular show!
As we get into late May, the first of the large fat buds has begun to open!
And away we go!
Here's the herbaceous peony in late April. I already had to put the support in place!
In mid-May, it's getting ready to blossom!
It's now late May and the herbaceous peony has bloomed.
Both peonies survived the very mild winter and have erupted from the ground in early April. First is the herbaceous peony.
Next is the Itoh peony.
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