Now is this a bright pink or what? I was given this peony and have no clue of the variety. It is not Bowl of Beauty, that I am aware. Too hot pink and the centers are really bright yellow. I even desaturated the image a touch because it was reverberating on screen.
If there ever was a plant that asks so little of a gardener, it is the peony. They live possibly to one hundred and fifty years and there are some on my block that have been here since the homes were built in the very early 1900’s, making them around one hundred years old.
We have residents on our street whose families have been here since the homes were constructed, some of their children have passed while other are in their nineties. And the peonies the parents planted do not look a day older than five.
Peonies have been cultivated in China for 2000 years. They admire the flowers but also use the roots for medicinal purpose and food. They have been cultivated in home gardens for about 600 years.
Peonies main requirement is well-drained soil. The rest they leave up to Mother Nature. It is suggested to feed them and keep them well watered, but one resident only staked them in Spring. Never watered or fed them in the entire time I lived here. Every year they put on a beautiful display, ants and all. They are pictured above and they are not yet in bloom.
I do very little to my peonies besides mulching with compost, staking and cutting back in Fall. They have been moved by redesign in the last four years to where you see them now.
They were happier and larger in their previous center-yard location, but have adapted without complaint. Maybe a little appreciative too, as this location is very rocky. Rocky terrain is where peonies originated.
The geranium fills out the bottom of the peonies and helps a bit with support. In front you can see my lettuce. More on the in a future post.
And so do the bees (if this is a bee and not a hoverfly, which I think it might be). Irregardless, is she not the tiniest and cutest?
You will see more of my peonies for The Niagara Garden Magazine coming your way soon. We got heavy rain today and all my peonies closed up tight. The old red doubles above did not and are drooping a bit.
I have been picking the Bib, leaf, and Romaine but the little heads are forming. The slugs prefer the head lettuce for some reason. The leaf lettuce and endive are in pots, or that would be nibbled. The trumpet vine was cut back extremely hard last Fall, or the wall would be covered by now.