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The season of a species peony

Tuesday 3 November 2009 - Filed under General

It’s a shame I don’t have an ID on this woodland peony, it’s such a good plant. This year I fenced it off so the dogs couldn’t trample it and got to watch the seedpods mature.

March 6

Paeonia (peony) coming up

March 22


April 29


May 5

peony seed pod

August 9

peony seedpod

August 22

peony seedpod

August 29

peony seedpod

September 26


October 24

peony seedhead

2009-11-03  »  megan

Talkback x 8

  1. tina
    3 November 2009 @ 9:00 am

    Very nice sequence. I let my peonies go to seed this year too. The first time. I wonder if I’ll get some seedlings. I hope so. I hope you get some too.

  2. Loree
    3 November 2009 @ 12:17 pm

    Ok note to self…let the peonies go to seed next year! I wonder are they always this fabulous? Or have you just got a great plant?

  3. teza
    3 November 2009 @ 3:38 pm

    Saw ‘species Peony’ and had to visit…. gorgeous! I noticed the foliage emerges purple-burgundy… does it stay that way for long, and then take on a decidedly blue-grey tinge…… is it possible that you have the pink-white flowering P. mlokosewitschii?

  4. Janet
    4 November 2009 @ 5:45 am

    What a great series of pictures from beginning to the future ….oh the possibilities! Great post Megan

  5. Kathleen
    4 November 2009 @ 7:48 am

    I love the series of photos. You were very diligent to remember to photograph at all stages! I’ve never let any of my peonies go to seed but I may have to rethink that. I haven’t ever grown a species peony either ~ it’s very delicate and the blooms remind me of a hellebore?? You have many unique plants in your garden. I like to push the boundaries of my zone too but I’m in zone 5 so I don’t have the liberties you do. Leonotis is one of my favorites but I have to grow it as an annual.

  6. Jane
    4 November 2009 @ 12:51 pm

    Wow, Megan, that photo from Aug 29 is amazing: it looks like something from another world. What a great series!

  7. Karen
    4 November 2009 @ 1:15 pm

    I can see your information science brain at work here along with your artistic side. I don’t know too many folks who keep such close track and can go back by date and show the entire wonderful cycle as you have here and elsewhere. I may never get how to do peonies, but am glad your had a good year.

    Oh, on the flamingos, copy away! I would be honored and can see how they would totally fit in to your design aesthetic.

  8. Grace
    7 November 2009 @ 9:15 am

    OMGosh, Megan~~ I love it. The flowers and foliage are definitely appealing and the seed pods are a major bonus. I hope someone can ID it for you. I let my hybrid go to seed but it was blah. No, no doggies. Play on the other side of the yard.