Oh yes, it is peony time again.
What a wonderful collection this garden has of new Peonies. There are many hybridized at Winterthur. The hybrid tree peonies are spectacular at this time of year and I would encourage any garden photographer into macro photography not to miss these showy plants.
You will not be disappointed in the display.
Color abounds and peonies are a master of being a queen at the ball. Singles and doubles are equally stunning. Carolyn and I visited just as the peony season started.
Have a gander at peonies you will not see in the trade. There are people not liking tree peonies, but they may like the cross with herbaceous peonies. Everyone viewing these peonies was spellbound. It is a magnificent display with some very unique specimens.
There are those not liking peonies because they attract ants, but I saw none on these plants. See my peony posts. You will see many insects like the sweet nectar.
My garden has three peony plants and they will be blooming shortly. Right now, the iris and Allium are in bloom, but the peonies follow quickly. I will show the garden at the end of the month as I promised to show it more often.
Are these not stunning varieties? Also, are they not expertly displayed?
This garden has a very romantic feel. Remember last post how I said the way a garden makes one feel is an important part of good design?
Just enjoy the peonies at Winterthur. Paeonia is a great plant, but the flowers are often short of bloom. They are very affected by weather, and most traditional peonies need staking. Tree peonies, on the other hand have a very strong, woody stem to hold the flowers erect during wet from rain. The hybrids were also not staked, showing they can withstand rain and wind.
Another trick is as you see here, they are closely planted in mass. Sometimes this is done in home gardens as well, but the drawback is when they are not in flower, one has a large area a bit dull despite them having beautiful foliage.
Have a close look inside, the peony makes a great study for art and photography.
I bet you wonder what the formal gardens look like by now? The Enchanted Gardens are up next, and have some great architectural elements for kids. I was at Lockwood Gardens yesterday and they also had a wonderful section for the kid’s, but I thought it was a bit sophisticated for children, yet very entertaining. You will see that in posts on Lockwood Gardens.
Next we have what makes the kids smile.
I am back now after a long drive, but will be going away again to more beautiful gardens in a month, but this time by plane. Driving is something I enjoy as you can see below by the scenery through New York, but it is a bit too far to San Francisco. More scenic window shots to come in a future post on thoughts.