Tree Peony Bloom 2013, week of May 15th
May 16, 2013 by Cricket Hill Garden
Our first tree peonies opened last week, and everyday since has brought a few more glorious blossoms unfurling. Thus far this spring has been ideal for the peony blossoms, with mild days and cool nights. Its shaping up to be a great year for peonies. If you are in the area, and have a free moment, we would love to see you in the garden for our 24th annual Peony Festival. But most of all, wherever you are, we wish that you have time to enjoy these glorious spring days.
We hope that you will enjoy the photos of Chinese tree peonies now blooming at Cricket Hill Garden.
‘5th Wife’ This is an ostii– type Chinese tree peony.
‘Apple Gorgeous‘ 苹实艳 ping shi yan
‘Apple Gorgeous’ shrub, flowers blooming in both single and semi-double form.
‘Ball of Charm and Beauty’ 锦绣球 jin xiu qiu
‘Beauties Bathing in the Spring’
‘Beauties Bathing in the Spring.’ Perhaps a day away from full bloom. This was one of the first tree peonies we planted in the early 1990s.
‘Big Deep Purple’ 大棕紫 Da Zong Zi
‘Blue Sea Green Waves’ 蓝海绿波 Lan Hai Lv Bo
‘Branches Conceal Red’ This is a strange cultivar, with small flowers hidden within the foliage.
‘Smiling in the Thicket’ 苁中笑 cong zhong xiao Another very aptly named variety which reflects a certain Chinese esthetic where the flowers flirt from behind the foliage.
‘Capital Red’ 首案红 Shou An Hong. This massive flower takes almost a week to open fully.
‘Golden Lotus’ 金莲 jin lian
‘Great Winged Butterfly’ 大叶蝴蝶 da ye hu die
‘Hu Bei Blue’ 湖蓝 Hu Lan This is a cultivar from southwest China which we are now propagating, In China, it is one variety which is grown in pots because of its rather shallow root system.
‘Like a Colored Painting’ 彩绘 cai hui
‘Luster of Jade’ 景玉 Jing Yu
‘Peach Blossom Complexion’ 粉面桃花 fen mian tao hua
‘Red from Seed’ 种生红 Zhong Sheng Hong
‘Sichuan Peach Blossom’ 川桃花 chuan tao hua
‘White Screen Reflects a Blue Jewel’ 白壁蓝锻 bai bi lan duan
‘White Screen Reflects a Blue Jewel’ is generally the first rockii- type tree peony to bloom in our garden.
The earliest herbaceous peonies are just beginning to open.
A very interesting new hybrid, a yellow-green herbaceous peony we are watching.
Some other companion plants blooming in the garden this week:
‘Peking Lilac’ Syringa pekinensis
‘Father Hugo’s Rose’ rosa xanthina