Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Some Random Tame Peonies- Paeonia lactiflora or hybrids thereof

In no particular order, here are a few of the seedlings of Paeonia lactiflora (some may be hybrids) which flowered for me for the first time this year. Seeds were from a broad spectrum of seed parents, bee-pollinated (back in the days before the honey-bee hive got killed by a bad winter). Most have self-supporting stems but a few, especially the large doubles, are weak-stemmed and are better with staking (easier to miss with the lawnmower, at least). Most are sweetly fragrant and most have sidebuds which extend the duration of the bloom period.

1 comment:

Denis Wilson said...

A nice mix. I love number 2, Impressed by # 3 the big mauve/claret coloured one, and liked #4, which looks like the most traditional of the batch (the ones most popular with the old French breeders).
But the pure white, "Japanese" style one (#2) is fantastic. I love the little pink contrasting stigmas. Bowl of Beauty has the same, but of course, its outer petals are hot pink.
Nice plants. Don't sell #2 and #3. Keep them for yourself & name them.