Peony season is way too short!
I wish we could make it last longer. Unfortunately they are predicting a hot and humid weekend coming up for us in Minnesota, and really hot weather tends to zap the peony blossoms. Heavy rain spells doom for them as well. So, I decided I may as well cut some and bring them in to enjoy.
I just picked up a new peony to add to my cutting garden. It’s called Raspberry Sundae and is the one on the bottom here …
Isn’t it yummy? I love the pale pink fading away into white and then into a pale creamy yellow towards the center. I like to buy peony bushes when they are blooming so I can see what the flower will really look like. The photos on the garden center tags can be extremely misleading.
Peonies can also look quite different once they open fully. I purchased this one a few years back without realizing that it was a Single.
I much prefer Doubles.
I’ve had the white peonies (these are Doubles) for quite a few years now.
The medium pink peonies (in my first photo) were here when we purchased our house. That means they are at least 30 years old or more. Imagine that! I’ve moved them a couple of times, although peonies do not like to be moved.
I put in a hot pink peony about 3 or 4 years ago. This one looks gorgeous out in the garden with those vibrant pops of pink.
For the most part, aside from this bright pink version, I don’t think peonies look that good in the garden. They are gorgeous for the very short couple of weeks that they are blooming, but after that they are pretty boring. Mine are very susceptible to powdery mildew too, which looks pretty awful. I’ve tried all kinds of different remedies for it, none of which worked. But I’ve read that although the powdery mildew can weaken the plants, it won’t kill them. It mainly just looks ugly. For that reason, this year I’m planning to move several of my plants to my cutting garden out behind the carriage house once they are done blooming. They can look ugly all they want to back there.
Moving peonies can mean a year or two without many blooms. That’s OK, I can steal some from nnK next year. Shhhhhh, don’t tell her, but I stole these for a photo shoot last week …
You’ll see more of them on Friday when I post the pink dresser!
How about you, are you a fan of peonies? Have you got any tips for getting rid of that pesky mildew? If so, I’m all ears.