Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Peony's and the Glorious Month Of June!

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time." ~John Lubbock

This is a picture of one of my Japanese Tree Peony's. This one is named "Naniwanishiki" and will grow to a height of 1.25m - 2m (4-6'). This tree is 3 years old and is loaded with buds that are ready to burst. These 3 blossoms that have opened up are huge!

This variety of Tree Peony is a hardy, deer-resistant, ornamental shrub. (Creston,BC is a zone 5/6) It flaunts exquisite blossoms measuring as much as 10 inches across in May or June, and a mature specimen may bear 50 of these silken-petaled show-stoppers all at once.

Japanese Tree Peony require moist, well-drained soil, in sunny or partially shaded locations. Well decayed manure and peat will encourage strong growth. The removal of dead and damaged wood in early spring is all the pruning that is necessary.

Planting: The tender young shoots are susceptible to late frost and protection is recommended for these on cold nights until they have hardened. For best results plant after the last threatening frost. Prefers to be planted in an area that receives full to partial sun. Flowers are stunning and can be used in arrangements or by themselves.

They take a year or two to show what they can do. Hardy, disease-and (best of all) deer-resistant.

I have taken some photo's of the blossoms and it will one day become a painting.

June is a fabulous month here in the valley...every month is for that matter. I just couldn't resist sharing this picture and will share more as the weather allows. I have several peony shrubs with buds that are just ready to burst. I am waiting for the weather to change....the warmth of the sun is needed.

Have an awesome day,
Laura Leeder

email: lleeder@telus.net

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