2012 Tree Peony Portraits I
May 3, 2012 by Cricket Hill Garden
Over the last week, the Chinese tree peonies belonging to the Central Plains cultivar group have come into full bloom at Cricket Hill Garden. These peonies mainly originate from the two largest areas of tree peony cultivation in China; around the cities of Luoyang in Henan province and Heze in Shandong province. Included in this cultivar group are many classical tree peonies, some blooming at Peony Heaven this week are clones of plants admired by gardens and poets in the Song Dynasty more than 1000 years ago. Enjoy!
Ancient Red Zhong Sheng Hong 種生紅
Rival Beauties Bathing in the Springs Xian Chi Zheng Chun 咸池爭春
Big Deep Purple Da Zong Zi 大棕紫
Brightly Colored Butterfly Cai Die 彩蝶
Champion Black Jade Guan Shi Mo Yu 冠世墨玉
Champion Fragrance Guan Qun Fang 冠群芳
Purple Golden Lotus Zi Jin He 紫金荷
Great Winged Butterfly Da Ye Hu Die 大葉蝴蝶
Like a Color Painting Shi Cai Hui 佀彩繪
Lu’s Family Red Lv Hong 呂紅
Red God of Long Life Shou Xing Hong 壽星紅
Rival Beauties Dou Yan 鬦艷
White Screen Reflects a Blue Jewel Bai Bi Lan Duan 白壁藍瑖
Yao’s Yellow Yao Huang 姚黃
Phoenix Pink Feng Dan Fen 鳳丹粉
Phoenix Purple Feng Dan Zi 鳳丹紫
Red of Dianjiang County Dian Jiang Hong 垫江紅 This is a new cultivar we are growing this year. It is from Southwest China and is said to be particularly well suited for container growing because of its shallow root system.
Great Peace Red Tai Ping Hong 太平紅 This is another tree peony from the Southwest cultivar group which is traditionally grown in containers.
The wild herbaceous species Paeonia japonica is also in bloom this week.