Six on Saturday – 5 Peonies and an Iris

mauve Peony June 15 2018 sm
# 1 – I have no recollection of planting such a spectacular double peony.  I haven’t played with the colour on this shot – it’s a bit pinker in person but the bright afternoon sun yesterday translated into this marvelous mauve.

I was going to write about vegetables today — all appearances to the contrary I do grow a few in the garden.  I’m not very good at it though so I’ve been putting it off, and when I walked about yesterday and realized that the peonies were at their height of glory I decided to delay once again so that we can revel in the colour, fragrance and mystery of these giant, wondrous blooms.  Plus  a shot of a solitary ‘black’ Iris growing on a hill surrounded by daisies.

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#2 – I stumbled across  this solitary Duchesse de Nemours in the back garden.  It’s the only peony I have with a cultivar I know!  I must have planted it years ago in a small garden that has since been totally overtaken by tall grasses and goldenrod.  The photo on the let was taken mid afternoon, on the right a few hours later at dusk.  Lovely how the petals close around the flower, even with such a large bloom.

large red Peony June 15 2018 sm
# 3a – Red peony # 1 – wide open, about six inches across, stout stems. Gorgeous.
red Peony and daisy June 15 2018 sm
#3b – Red peony # 2 – I think the same cultivar but in a different part of the yard, not fully open, but looking great next to a patch of daisies.
pale pink Peony June 15 2018 sm
#4 – Perhaps my favourite – single and simple with a light, distinctive fragrance.  Perfect in a vase.
pink Peony June 15 2018 sm
#5 – Another pink peony – slightly pinker, more petals, not as much fragrance.
black Iris June 15 2018
#6 – this lovely tall bearded Iris in the daisy patch.


  1. I’m not a photografer but the pictures #1 and #3b are very beautiful Chris. I’m waiting for my peonies that are still buds… I console myself with those of others !


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