Peony Garden in BudHere's how the peony garden looked on May 24, with the peonies tall and in bud, white or pink tips showing. One precocious white tree peony was almost done blooming.
Peony Garden in Full BloomHere's how the peony garden looked today, with all the buds now open.
White Peonies ~ Pink PeoniesNote the white peony with yellow center in the photo above: Its name is Top Brass, and it's a beauty!
Top Brass White Peony Close UpA gorgeous peony, with a blooming habit of doubling its petals back on itself to show its yellow core.
Dark Deep Pink Shrub PeonyOnly a few of the peonies are this deep pink, almost red color, and this one sets off the paler pinks and whites.
Two-toned Pink and Deep Pink Peony FlowerI don't know the name of this stunner, but will ask the Peony Man or Head Gardener if they can label it.
Pink Tree Peony BudTree Peonies announce themselves in their buds, which look more like a rose bud than a shrub peony bud. Scroll up to the photo of the peony garden in bud, and see how non-tree peonies have buds that resemble a cabbage.
White Tree Peonies in Full BloomNote too that the tree peonies have fewer petals - usually only 6 or 7- than do shrub peonies. And tree peonies will grow taller, and appear less shrub-like.
White Tree Peony in Full BloomHere's a close up of this gorgeous white tree peony.
Peony Garden ~ Port Credit Mississauga OntarioThe Garden as a whole: a magnet for photographers and artists, and a joy to behold.
Heavy rains and strong winds over the previous weekend did take a bit of a toll on the blossom-heavy peonies. Luckily, the plants grew and filled in considerably from last year, their first, and provided a self-support system.
Here's how the peonies looked last year: Top Brass and Tree Peonies. I notice with some interest the dates of those posts; they are blooming this year almost to the date they bloomed last year.
Now lest you think that you've missed the peony garden in full bloom, take heart: The Rose Garden is entering stage right! And some azaleas and rhodos are still blooming, and the wildflowers are starting to get really wild with blossoms!