Peonies Have Popped!
May 19, 2011 by Cricket Hill Garden
We have a lot going on these days at Cricket Hill. The first Chinese tree peonies began to open at the end of last week, and then it started to rain. Everything has been on hold since. As soon as we get a day of sun, the garden will be awash in color, though the vibrancy of flowers pops even more on misty gray days.
‘Fire in the Garden’ Short, low growing and relatively few flowers, but oh what a color!
‘Beauty Spied in the Bath’ One of the many Chinese tree peonies named after Yang Guifei.
‘Coral Terrace’ 珊瑚台
‘Black Dragon Holds a Splendid Flower’ 烏龍捧盛 This is one our original peonies from China which we planted in December 1989. It has been cut back quite a bit over the years to accommodate the walking path.
‘Capital Red’ 首案紅 This bud has been slowly unfurling for two weeks. When it is finally fully open then flower is going to be massive.
‘Phoenix White’ 鳳丹白 Waiting for the sun.
‘Hubei Blue’ 湖北藍 A new addition to our collection which we are seeing bloom for the first time this year.
The view today from the patio.
Over the last week, the artist Mundy Hepburn installed 14 glass sculptures throughout the garden. Even David has to admit that they enhance the overall experience of the garden. The sculptures will be on display through July.
Rosa xanthenia, species rose native to north east China.