Monday, 11 June 2012

Double Pink

This pink double also came with the house.  The bud on this is lovely even as a cut flower.  This fills the house with the wonderful sweet smell of peony.


Soft pink almost transparent pedals.  This is in the white garden.  There is not much of a scent.  There is only one bud this year.  It will be interesting to see how it does next year. I have not seen much information about flower on the Internet.

Unknown Pink

This is not in the new garden.  It has a ugly bud, but a beautiful flower.  The scent has a slight Cinnamon smell to it.   It is one that came with the house 30 years ago.

Ada Niva

This lovely flower came from the USA and is available in some nurseries in Ontario.   It just started to bloom today.  There are two blossoms.  It has a pleasant scent, not too strong.  This would make a great cut flower.  On the weekend the Peony Festival will be in Oshawa.  I hope the weather is great.  On the past weekend we went to another Peony garden and saw 160 different varieties.
I have picked a few for the garden next fall.  Now it time to weed.  Happy gardening.

Sunday, 10 June 2012



This is a lovely flower that starts out with slight pink pedals that fade to white with yellow centre.  The flowers a heavy for the stems and need support.  It came from Kinsway Gardens in a pot.
I some how ended up with two of these.  The second came from Home Depot in a pot with no name and a different picture, but they are both the same.  They are side be side in the white garden.  I think that I will make a change this fall.

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Heritage Pink

I do not know the name of this pink flower,  it came from the house that I was born in over 50 years ago.  My mother brought a piece of it with her when we left the house and planted it at the house in the country.  When I bought my own house she brought me a piece.  I have been here for 30 years and moved the plant three times.  Last fall when I moved the plant into the pink garden I gave a piece to my sister too.  With all the pink flowers available it is hard to find the name.  I do know the flower was common in Ontario in the 50's.  It is a lovely flower with a story.  The shape is similar to Mme Ducel, but all the pedals are one colour.  This is very fragrant.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Raspberry Sunday

Raspberry Sunday is a new addition into yellow garden.  It has a pale pink guard pedals with a soft yellow center.  All of the new plants will be much better in the years to come.  This year the weather has been hard on a lot of the plants, with the early spring, followed by deep frost, then warm weather, then frost, then warm weather with little rain.  Finally warm weather came with rain, but it brought high winds.  Some of the roots from last fall were damaged by the first frost after the warm and did not survive.  Many of the trees in the area were damaged by the high winds.  I wonder what the rest of the summer will bring.

Mme Ducel

This was one of my first flowers that had more then one colour.  There is the pink in the middle, the salmon pedals surrounding the center and a deep pink in the guard pedals.  This is a very fragrant flower.  I have it in the new garden and around the gazebo.  When I sit in the gazebo for my lunch and a breeze comes by gently wafting the sweet scent into the gazebo, it is wonderful.

Neilie Saylor

We  are now into June.  I have several different peonies blooming now. Neilie Saylor bloomed this week.

I have a heritage white that came with the house is also blooming.  I split it last fall to have it in the new garden, and both plants are not happy.  There are several blooms per stem so that the flower fall over and need support.  They have a lovely fragrance.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Coral Charm

Coral Charm has been blooming for a few days, but never really opened.  There were three lovely blossoms on the new plant with large buds.  This was one of my favourites.  I first saw it at the Oshawa Botanical Garden and loved the colour. Here are the pictures from my garden.
Here is a picture of the flower from the Botanical Garden that I feel in love with.  My flowers are not nearly a nice.  I hope that next year it will be better.  It must be this strange weather or my long hours at work.

Friday, 1 June 2012


Today is raining outside so I have time to share another peony from the yellow garden.  Bartzella opened yesterday.  Bartzella is an intersectional peony.  I have to share the story behind this plant and some of the disappointments in creating this new garden. 

I designed the garden after visiting Germany and my favourite garden in Hanover.  I love peonies and how easy they are to take care of.  I took the design of one of the gardens, made it smaller and put in easy to take care of plant.  I wanted to put flowers of similar colours together. I had eight pink flower varieties already, one white, one red and one yellow before I started.  I went shopping to increase the varieties and build my new garden.  Bartzella I bought from Spring Garden catalogue with delivery initially promised for April.  The delivery changed 3 times until finally in May in came.  I had seen Bartzella in the local garden centres for the same price and was tempted to buy again, but waited.  Mid May he came by mail dead!  I went immediately to buy a new one from the local centre and most of the plants were gone.  There was one left.  I bought that one and now it is blooming!  It is a lovely yellow making the Prairie Moon very pale in comparison.

All gardens have some success and some failures.  It is all part of the process.  Lets rejoice in the triumphs and learn from the failures.  As a good friend told me, I am a Gin and Tonic gardener.  Let the plants that want to be there strive and the ones that do not, do not force them.  Stop each day to smell the flowers, and let them bring you joy in this world.  Happy gardening.