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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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2014 will mark our 25th year of growing peonies here at Cricket Hill Garden. It started with just a few plants and a few friends and now we see more than 2000 visitors each year. Our expanding display collection of 400+ named cultivars of peonies blooms in May to mid-June.

In 2013, with the cold spring weather we have had,  our bloom began about May 10th. Every year is a little different due to the weather. We can count on about five to six weeks of peony bloom. The Chinese tree peonies bloom first, followed by the Japanese tree peonies, and then American varieties. You will not be disappointed; if you want to see tree peonies in bloom,  come to see us in May.

A trip to our garden/nursery will delight you. Our 7-acre garden is set in a larger terraced woodland of northwestern Connecticut. Visit us for a great day trip from all parts of Connecticut, western and central Massachusetts, most parts of New York and New Jersey. Come see the garden and bring home a plant of your own from our selection of potted peonies.

Celebrating Chinese Tree Peonies – begins the week of May 1st, 2014. See the Glorious Ladies of China in bloom, a rare sight to behold! Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Short, guided garden walks Saturday and Sunday, at 1 pm explains growing peonies and answers your questions.

Celebrating Mother’s Day – Week of May 11th to the 17th  – Get Mom a peony for a lasting gift of love and beauty. We invite you to stroll the garden or sit on a bench and enjoy the flowers. Enjoy music in the garden, Sunday afternoon, May 11th, 1:00 to 3:00. Short, guided garden walks Saturday and Sunday, at 1 pm explains growing peonies and answers your questions.

May 11th to the 25th
This is the time to see Chinese & Japanese tree peonies in bloom. American tree peonies are in full glory, such as beautiful yellow High Noon and other American tree peonies hybrids in the later part of this period. Early blooming herbaceous peonies are open and intersectional peonies should all be showing. 

Bloom Week-May 25th to the 31st
We are open on Memorial Day Monday, an exception to our regular closed Mondays. See plant specials tagged in our potted area, and get a new peony for your garden. Herbaceous peonies and intersectionals will move toward their peak. Late season tree peonies will still be showing, provided the weather is cool.

End of May to mid-June
Herbaceous and intersectional peonies continue in bloom.

The garden will be open during our regular hours of Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm for the late herbaceous blooms until Sunday, June 9th. Some years we do see flowers as late as mid-June.

 

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We are located in Thomaston, CT, in the foothills of the Berkshires, northwestern Connecticut. It’s a lovely area to visit for an afternoon, a day or a weekend. For where to stay and other places to see near us, go to www.litchfieldhills.com

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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.

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Tree peony flower bud.

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‘Phoenix White’ has very distinct chartreuse young leaves.

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Other varieties of Chinese tree peonies have much more magenta in their young leaves.

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Japanese tree peony buds tend to be quite bronze like this one.

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‘Zhao’s Pink,’ a classical Chinese tree peony cultivar, has perhaps the most distinct early season growth of any tree peony in our collection.

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Happy and healthy 1st year P. rockii seedlings.

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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:

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The very early blooming Arthur Saunder’s cultivar ‘Early Windflower.’

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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.

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‘Coral Charm,’ another early blooming hybrid.

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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.

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It been a rainy week at Cricket Hill Garden, excellent weather for transplanting our veggie seedlings, but not optimal for viewing the peonies. Early this week we were between bloom cycles, with the last of the Japanese and American tree peonies just finishing and the herbaceous lactiflora hybrids and intersectional peonies just beginning. While the tree peony was 2-3 weeks early this year, the herbaceous peonies seem like they will open right on schedule for Memorial Day. Coming up from the ground, herbaceous and intersectional peonies are less likely to bloom early.

The last of the Japanese tree peonies are now finishing, bringing to an end almost three weeks of continuous tree peony blossoms.

‘Black Dragon Brocade’ 黑竜錦 Kokuryu-nishiki Japanese tree peony

‘Joy of Longevity (of Shimane)’ 島根長寿樂 Shimane Chojuraku Japanese tree peony

‘Yellow Crown’ 黄冠 Oukan is a new addition to our collection which bloomed for the fist time this year. It is relatively recent hybrid, with very large and ruffly upward facing flowers.

This week saw our small collection of American hybrid tree peonies come into full bloom. Tree peonies first arrived in the United States in the 19th century, many brought back by seaman who had been to China on trading ships. Later in the early 20th century, Japanese tree peonies were also imported into this country. It was not until later in the 20th century that a distinctive cultivar group would emerge in the United States. Two men were primarily responsible for the initial work in the field, A.P. Saunders and Nassos Daphnis. For several decades Saunders worked to cross his collection of Japanese tree peonies with species P. lutea and P. delavayi peonies collected in the wild of south west China. Daphnis continued Saunders work and together their hybrid plants have added new and subtle shades to the peony palette unknown in either Japanese or Chinese peonies.

High Noon is perhaps the most widely propagated of Prof. Saunders’ P. lutea tree peony hybrids. It is vigorous grower and very reliable bloomer.

‘Age of Gold’ exhibits one of the less desirable characteristics of many of the lutea hybrids; downward facing or nodding flowers, a trait inherited from the species P. lutea peony.

Mystery is a subtle beauty which only becomes more complex as the blossom ages.

‘Vesuvian’ is one of the rare doubles that Saunders deemed worthy of propagation.

‘Leda’ is one of our favorite Daphnis hybrid tree peonies.

Themis,’ like the vast majority of Daphnis tree peonies, is named after figures from Greek mythology, in this case a Titianess who was the embodiment of divine order, law, and custom.

This week the early intersectional peonies are beginning to open and will really pop once the sun comes out.

‘Julia Rose’

‘Morning Lilac’

Maroon Dragon Claw

This intersectional hybrid was bred by Frank Simone. He deemed this plant and its pink cousin shown below to be without much merit or commercial future. After many years of evaluation and positive customer feedback, we have decided that there is a place for these strange peonies in the garden and are pleased to be able to offer them for sale.

Pink Dragon Claw

We are still need a bit of clear weather for the lactiflora herbaceous peonies to pop, in the mean time, some our own earlier blooming Peony Heaven hybrids blossomed very well for us this year. These plants are hybrids which have quite a bit of the early blooming P. macrophylla  and P. mlokosewitschii in their genetic heritage, characterized by large leaves, yellow coloring and vigorous growth.

‘Empress Wu’s Yellow’

Peony Heaven Peach

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