Peonies in Early Spring
April 18, 2013 by Cricket Hill Garden
It has been a relatively late spring for us here at Cricket Hill Garden and the garden has been very slow to green up. This slower pace has allowed us to appreciate stages of plant growth which go unnoticed in a warm, rushed spring like we had last year. This year, we have been drawn to the diverse beauty of the new buds and leaves on the tree and herbaceous peonies.
Tree peony flower bud.
‘Phoenix White’ has very distinct chartreuse young leaves.
Other varieties of Chinese tree peonies have much more magenta in their young leaves.
Japanese tree peony buds tend to be quite bronze like this one.
‘Zhao’s Pink,’ a classical Chinese tree peony cultivar, has perhaps the most distinct early season growth of any tree peony in our collection.
Happy and healthy 1st year P. rockii seedlings.
The American P. lutea-type tree peonies are much later blooming than their Chinese and Japanese cousins. This bud on ‘Marchioness’ has barely cracked.
Some early season herbaceous peony growth:
The very early blooming Arthur Saunder’s cultivar ‘Early Windflower.’
P. japonica is already quite far advanced. This is usually our first peony to bloom. It seems to start growing when the ground is still frozen.
‘Coral Charm,’ another early blooming hybrid.
Stunning iron stems on one of our Peony Heaven Pastel herbaceous peonies.
Now, lets see some flowers! Only a few weeks before Cricket Hill Garden is transformed into Peony Heaven.