Friday, May 02, 2008

Tree Peonies at Their Best Now, and Some Trees Around the Neighborhod

Paeonia suffruticosa

I bought out the six tree peonies offered by a garden center. Four have pure white petals and two have light lilac centers. I think just this little bit of color makes the flower even more elegant but the all white ones are difficult to fault. Unfortunately they had no name tags attached but who needs a name when they're so beautiful.

White tree peonies. The native bees in the last photo (click photo to enlarge) are completely covered with pollen.

I see these trees everyday on my dog walk.

The cherry is especially nice. I think it may be a Prunus × yedoensis which may be a natural cross between Prunus speciosa and Prunus subhirtella. It is a spreading tree so it's best planted where there is a lot of space around it.

A mature pink dogwood, Cornus florida.

Mature white dogwood.


Blogger Jane Marie said...

I have quite a few peonies and a few years ago tried the tree peony. It fast became one of my favorites. I now have two and wish I had a garden full of them. What a wonderful plant.

8:16 PM  
Blogger The Gardeness said...

The peonies with the slight color appear to be blushing. Beautiful flower.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Helen said...

I love the Tree Peonies - I want one now! I also like the Cornus, I have noticed that the Amercian Dogwoods are very different to the UK ones. Ours are grown mainly for their bark colour in the winter and they dont have the wonderful flowers yours have

4:13 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Jane Marie,
Aren't the tree peonies wonderful. I love the fact that you don't have to stake them. Thank you for stopping by.


Hello The Gardeness,
I think I like the blushing one slightly better than the pure white but they are both extremely beautiful flowers. Thank you for your comment.


Hi Helen,
They are lovely plants and once they become established they seem to hardly need any care. Certainly a must have for the garden.

The American dogwoods are Cornus florida. They grow in the wild and are maily an understory tree. I would imagine you could easily grow one in the UK if you could find a source for them. I would be surprised if they were difficult to find. The dogwoods are a lovely tree covered with blossoms. Thank you for your comment.

1:53 PM  
Anonymous Jan said...

The peonies are so pretty. I would love to be able to grow them, but I have to be satisfied with pictures of them in other people's gardens.

Always Growing

1:15 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Jan,

Apparently tree peonies grow from USDA zone 4 to 9 so you should be able to grow them. Some do better in warm climates so you'll have to do some investigating as to which varieties are best for your zone. Then you can enjoy your own flowers which I highly recommend. Thank your for your comment.

5:25 AM  
Blogger joey said...

I love neighborhood shoots, Ki, and often walk with my camera. Am anxious to photograph the tree peonies in our Village Gardens that I tend with our garden club. Aren't we lucky to live in such beautiful surroundings?

7:41 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Joey,
Although the neighborhood is mostly sparsely planted compared to the gonzo style we've adopted, some of the plants they've selected are really great specimens. It is nice to walk in neighborhoods with mature trees. Our development is about 15 years old so the trees are relatively small and we don't have the shade the older trees provide. but because of that we have a greater range of plants to choose from - full sun to deep shade. I gotta stop by your blog soon to see what's up.

5:25 PM  

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