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Its been a great season for us thus far at Cricket Hill Garden. As always, its a pleasure to see old friends and meet new ones in the garden. The late season herbaceous and intersectional peonies will continue to bloom for another two weeks, so if you are in the neighborhood we would love to see you in the garden this month. As the pictures below illustrate, there is still plenty to delight the senses at Peony Heaven.

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Bartzella‘ our favorite yellow intersectional peony.

'Bartzella' really does have dinner plate sized blossoms!

Bartzella‘ really does have dinner plate sized blossoms!

Another perrenial standout is the intersectional 'Cora Louise'

Another perennial standout is the intersectional ‘Cora Louise’

'High Noon'

High Noon‘ will grow well in more shade than most peonies. One advantage to planting it in such a location is a very long bloom period, two weeks and counting on this specimen.

'Garden Treasure' shimming in the late afternoon.

Garden Treasure‘ shimmering in the late afternoon sunshine.

'Maiden's Dress' rivals any peony in sumptuious appeal. It's blooms are large, luscious and oh so fragrant!

Maiden’s Dress‘ rivals any peony in sumptuous appeal. It’s blooms are large, luscious and oh so fragrant!

'Riches and Honor'. The name of this peony in Chinese is one of many name given to these flowers.

Riches and Honor‘. The name of this peony in Chinese, 富貴 fu gui or ‘wealth and status’ is one of many august titles accorded to peonies. The name signifies the high regard with which the breeder held this cultivar.

'Cao Zhou Red'

Cao Zhou Red‘ originated from the famous peony growing city of Heze in Shandong province. It is one of the tallest growing herbaceous peonies we grow, with stems reaching 4’ tall.

'Golden Wheel'

Golden Wheel‘ is one of the most sought after cultivars of herbaceous peony. We only have a few of this rare variety available this season.

'Purple Rose' is an excellent late blooming dark purple-red cultivar. Its a low growing plant with strong stems and does not require staking or support.

Purple Rose‘ is an excellent late blooming dark purple-red cultivar. Its a low growing plant with strong stems and does not require staking or support.

'Purple Phoenix Feather,' one of our favorites.

Purple Phoenix Feather,’ one of our favorites.

'Minnie Shaylor' happily co-existing with milkweed.

Minnie Shaylor‘ happily co-existing with milkweed.

Kasha and her beautiful display of peonies under our sales tent.

Kasha with a display of herbaceous peonies under our sales tent.

As part of our new venture growing shiitake mushrooms, soaking logs has become a weekly task. Most logs are contained within easy reach of the shore.

As part of our new venture growing shiitake mushrooms, soaking logs has become a weekly task. Most logs are contained within easy reach of the shore.

One log escaped, one of our resident painted turtles coralled it for us.

A log escaped the enclosure, but luckily one of our resident painted turtles corralled it for us.

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The Chinese tree peonies bloomed about ten days later this year than usual. Needless to say, once they began they were even more breathtaking than we remembered. Our Japanese and Lutea hybrid tree peonies are still in bloom, with some still very tightly budded. There are still weeks of peonies to come this spring so we will be posting more as the blossoms open.

Beauty Yu Ji in a Red Dress

Beauty Yu Ji in a Red Dress 虞姬紅裝

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Great Winged Butterfly 大葉蝴蝶

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We consider this tree peony to be one of our most promising seedlings. We grafted it for the first time last fall and hope to offer it for sale in a year or two.

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When working in the garden, we frequently get lost in the flowers….

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Early season herbaceous peonies bloom with the later Chinese tree peonies.

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Great Peace Red 太平紅

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A beautiful Cricket Hill Garden seedling tree peony. We call this one “Kamran’s Ruby”.

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Red of Dianjiang County 墊江紅

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Robes of the Imperial Court 朝衣

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Mundy Hepburn’s garden glass survived a very hard winter and looks beautiful in the garden this spring.

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Smiling in the Thicket 叢中笑

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Snow White Princess 白雪公主

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Our new garden umbrellas did a marvelous job of protecting the delicate blossoms.

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The banner says it all.

The banner says it all.

We invite you to Cricket Hill Garden’s 28th anniversary peony festival this spring. Despite the late thaw, we are confident that it will be great peony season at Peony Heaven. Some of the tree peonies in our display garden are reaching an impressive size. If you are in the area of northwestern Connecticut, please come and say hello, stroll the garden, bring a picnic to eat by the pond, and most of all enjoy the peonies. As always, the garden is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

Tree peonies in our sales area.

We will have a fine selection of potted peonies for sale at the nursery this spring.

We are happy to accommodate garden clubs and other groups. There is no fee for this, but we do ask that you make an appointment for a large group in advance. Give us a call at 860 283 1042 or email dan@crickethillgarden.com to make a reservation. Our garden and nursery is located in the picturesque hills of Litchfield county. There are good restaurants, other beautiful gardens and endless hiking trails in the area. Have a look here for a little peak at what our green leafy corner of Connecticut has to offer.

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The area around the Litchfield green offers antiques, art galleries and good restaurants.

Cricket Hill Garden Nursery Hours Spring 2017

The nursery will open for plant sales the week of April 15th.

Opening weekend Thursday, Friday  and Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Closed Easter Sunday.

The peonies will not be blooming until May, but we will have a great collection of potted peonies, fruit trees and berry bushes for purchase at the nursery. Come early for best selection.

The rest of April, we are open Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 5 pm for early plant sales.

  • May 2nd to June 18th- Display Garden &  Nursery Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm

  • After June 18th, by appointment only

2017 Peony Festival Schedule

In selecting peonies to add to your garden, its important to know when they will bloom.

April through early May

The anticipation builds...

The anticipation builds…

May 12th to late May

Early Chinese tree peonies and hybrid herbaceous peonies.

Early Chinese tree peonies and hybrid herbaceous peonies.

See us at Trade Secrets May 13th, a great garden & plant sale to benefit Women’s Support Services. http://www.tradesecretsct.com/

May 14th Mothers Day: We celebrate mothers with the with specials on selected potted peonies. Peonies are budded, and we hope to see peonies open for Mother’s Day.

As we write this in mid-April, we estimate the garden will have abundant blooms between May 14th to the 29th. We will update as we see the weather and blooms develop.

May 26th to the 29th Memorial Day Weekend: Specials on selected potted peonies at the nursery. This will be a great weekend to see the tree peonies this year. Many of the mid-season herbaceous peonies will also be open.

Early June Blooms

Tree peonies blooming at Cricket Hill Garden. Here we ahve interplanted hosta, and allowed some digitalis to self-seed.

Peak bloom period at Peony Heaven. Chinese, Japanese and hybrid tree peonies all blooming. Mid-season herbaceous and early interesectional peonies also in flower.

 

June 6th to June 18th

Late season P. lactiflora herbaceous and intersectional (Itoh) hybrid peonies.

Late season P. lactiflora herbaceous and intersectional (Itoh) hybrid peonies.

These projections are our best guess based on the current forecasts for the coming weather. It has been colder than average in March and the blooms seem slow to develop this year. We will update our information as the season progresses. Feel free to email us at info@crickethillgarden.com or call (860) 283 1042 for up-to-date peony bloom information.

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We have had perfect weather the last few days and it is sublime to spend time at Cricket Hill Garden. Enjoy the photos below of some of our latest blooming tree peonies, as well as some spectacular intersectional (itoh) and herbaceous peonies.

'White Goose of Shimane' 島根白雁 Shimane Hakugan. This was our latest blooming Japanese tree peony this year.

‘White Goose of Shimane’ 島根白雁 Shimane Hakugan. This was our latest blooming Japanese tree peony this year.

'Chromatella'  (Lemoine 1920). This French tree peony shares a trait common to many of the first generation of Lutea hybrid tree peonies, the lovely flowers are not well supported and face downwards.

‘Chromatella’ (Lemoine 1920). This French tree peony shares a trait common to many of the first generation of Lutea hybrid tree peonies; the lovely flowers are not well supported and face downwards.

'Cora Louise' (Anderson, 1986) A favorite intersectional peony.

Cora Louise‘ (Anderson, 1986) A favorite intersectional peony.

'Bartzella' (Anderson, 1986). This blossom measured over 9'' in diameter!

Bartzella‘ (Anderson, 1986). This blossom measured over 9” in diameter!

'Maroon Dragon Claw' This intersectional peony was hybridized by our old friend Frank Simone.

Maroon Dragon Claw‘ This intersectional peony was hybridized by our old friend Frank Simone.

Catching up with old friends and making new ones is a wonderful aspect of the Peony Festival.

Catching up with old friends and making new ones is a wonderful aspect of the Peony Festival.

The last few days have been perfect peony weather, sunny, but not too hot or humid.

The last few days have been perfect peony weather, sunny, but not too hot or humid.

'Red Embroidery Needles' with Mundy Hepburn's garden glass in the background.

‘Red Embroidery Needles’ with Mundy Hepburn’s garden glass in the background.

Paeonia anomala, with its finely cut foliage and good stature still retains lots of garden interest even after the blooms have passed.

Paeonia anomala, with its finely cut foliage and good stature still retains lots of garden interest even after the blooms have passed.

P. veitchii var. alba, another wild species herbaceous peony.

P. veitchii var. alba, another wild species herbaceous peony.

'Purple Phoenix Feather' Zi Feng Yu 紫鳳羽

Purple Phoenix Feather‘ Zi Feng Yu 紫鳳羽

One of our herbaceous seedling plants which impressed us very much this year.

One of our herbaceous seedling plants which impressed us very much this year.

Another peach-colored seedling herbaceous peony.

Another peach-colored seedling herbaceous peony.

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So far it has been an excellent year for peony blossoms here at Cricket Hill Garden. While the rain last weekend hastened the end of the Chinese tree peonies, the Japanese and American tree peonies are still going strong, with the hybrid herbaceous and intersectional peonies just beginning. We are still waiting for the big show of lactiflora type herbaceous peonies to open. In the meantime, we hope that you enjoy these pictures from our garden during a time of bloom transition.

'Late Blue' This Chinese tree peony certainly lives up to its name. It is one of the last to open in the garden.

‘Late Blue’ This Chinese tree peony certainly lives up to its name. It is one of the last to open in the garden.

‘Color of Eternity' 万世生色 Wan Shi Sheng Se This blossom was truly massive, it may indeed have a 'thousand petals' as this flower form is named.

Color of Eternity‘ 万世生色 Wan Shi Sheng Se This blossom was truly massive, it may indeed have a ‘thousand petals’ as this flower form is named.

'Shining Black Jade' 墨玉生辉 Mo Yu Sheng Hui This is another later blooming 'black' Chinese tree peony which originates from Heze in Shandong Province.

‘Shining Black Jade’ 墨玉生辉 Mo Yu Sheng Hui This is another later blooming ‘black’ Chinese tree peony which originates from Heze in Shandong Province.

'Pea Green' 豆绿 Dou Lu Brought inside for a studio portrait. Say what you will about this flower, but it really is green.

‘Pea Green’ 豆绿 Dou Lu Brought inside for a studio portrait. Say what you will about this flower, but it really is green.

'High Noon' blooms well for us even in moderate shade.

‘High Noon’ blooms well for us even in moderate shade.

'Zeus' This Daphnis hybrid tree peony looks very much like its more famous cousin 'Leda.'

‘Zeus’ This Daphnis hybrid tree peony looks very much like its more famous cousin ‘Leda.’

'Antigone,' another Daphniss tree peony.

‘Antigone,’ another Daphnis tree peony.

'Black Pather' a Saunders tree peony in the foreground and 'Golden Crown' 黄冠 Oukan a new Japanese yellow tree peony in the background.

‘Black Panther’ a Saunders tree peony in the foreground and ‘Golden Crown’ 黄冠 Oukan a new Japanese yellow tree peony in the background.

Our intersectional 'itoh' peonies are just beginning.

Our intersectional ‘itoh’ peonies are just beginning.

'First Arrival' is one of our earliest blooming Roger Anderson intersectional peonies.

‘First Arrival’ is one of our earliest blooming Roger Anderson intersectional peonies.

'Court Jester' is always a favorite with visitors to our garden.

Court Jester‘ is always a favorite with visitors to our garden.

'Empress Wu's Yellow' looks magnificent right now.

Empress Wu’s Yellow‘ looks magnificent right now.

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The tree peonies are now at peak bloom at Cricket Hill Garden. We hope that you enjoy the pictures!

'Black Tornado' Chinese rockii tree peony.

Black Tornado‘ Chinese rockii tree peony.

'Blue Jade in Three Colors' Chinese rockii tree peony.

Blue Jade in Three Colors‘ Chinese rockii tree peony.

'Capital Red' This is really massive blossom.

‘Capital Red’ This is really massive blossom.

'Coiled Dragon in the Mist' Chinese tree peony

Coiled Dragon in the Mist‘ Chinese tree peony

'Early Scout' Hybrid herbaceous peony blooms with the tree peonies.

Early Scout‘ Hybrid herbaceous peony blooms with the tree peonies.

'Floral Rivalry' Japanese tree peony

‘Floral Rivalry’ Japanese tree peony

'Fushakin' Japanese tree peony

‘Fushakin’ Japanese tree peony

'Glorious Journey' Chinese tree peony

‘Glorious Journey’ Chinese tree peony

'Great Peace Red'

‘Great Peace Red’

Herbaceous peony buds looking good.

Herbaceous peony buds looking good.

'Hibiscus with a Pink Complexion' Chinese tree peony

Hibiscus with a Pink Complexion‘ Chinese tree peony

'Hubei Blue'

‘Hubei Blue’

'Island Brocade' Japanese tree peony

Island Brocade‘ Japanese tree peony

'Jade Crown with a Blue Belt' Chinese rockii tree peony

‘Jade Crown with a Blue Belt’ Chinese rockii tree peony

'King of Flowers' Japanese tree peony

King of Flowers‘ Japanese tree peony

'Leda' American tree peony

‘Leda’ American tree peony

'Luoyang Red' and garlic.

Luoyang Red‘ and garlic.

'Magical Red Haired Woman' Chinese rockii tree peony

‘Magical Red Haired Woman’ Chinese rockii tree peony

Mature rockii tree peony.

Mature rockii tree peony.

'White Swallow Tail Flecked with Gold'

‘White Swallow Tail Flecked with Gold’

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Buster surveys his domain.

Buster surveys his domain.

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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 ostii- type Chinese tree peony

‘5th Wife’ This is an ostii– type Chinese tree peony.

'Apple Gorgious'

‘Apple Gorgeous‘ 苹实艳 ping shi yan

'Apple Gorgious' shrub, flowers blooming in both single and semi-double form.

‘Apple Gorgeous’ shrub, flowers blooming in both single and semi-double form.

'Ball of Charm and Beauty'

‘Ball of Charm and Beauty’ 锦绣球 jin xiu qiu

'Beauties Bathing in the Spring'

‘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.

‘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' Da Zong Zi

‘Big Deep Purple’ 大棕紫 Da Zong Zi

'Blue Sea Green Waves' Lan Hai Lv Bo

‘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.

‘Branches Conceal Red’ This is a strange cultivar, with small flowers hidden within the foliage.

'Smiling in the Thicket' Another very aptly named variety which reflects a certain Chinese esthetic...

‘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' Shou An Hong. This massive flower takes almost a week to open fully.

‘Capital Red’ 首案红 Shou An Hong. This massive flower takes almost a week to open fully.

'Golden Lotus'

‘Golden Lotus’ 金莲 jin lian

'Great Winged Butterfly'

‘Great Winged Butterfly’ 大叶蝴蝶 da ye hu die

'Hu Bei Blue' Hu Lan This is a cultivar from southwest China which we are now propogating, In China, it is one variety which is grown in pots beacuse of its rather shallow root system.

‘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'

‘Like a Colored Painting’ 彩绘 cai hui

'Luster of Jade' Jing Yu

‘Luster of Jade’ 景玉 Jing Yu

'Peach Blossom Complexion'

‘Peach Blossom Complexion’ 粉面桃花 fen mian tao hua

'Red from Seed' Zhong Sheng Hong

‘Red from Seed’ 种生红  Zhong Sheng Hong

'Sichuan Peach Blossom'

‘Sichuan Peach Blossom’ 川桃花 chuan tao hua

'White Screen Reflects a Blue Jewel'

‘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.

‘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.

'Salmon Dream'

‘Salmon Dream’

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A very interesting new hybrid, a yellow-green herbaceous peony we are watching.

Some other companion plants blooming in the garden this week:

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‘Peking Lilac’ Syringa pekinensis

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‘Father Hugo’s Rose’ rosa xanthina

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