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Monday, May 19, 2008

We have wonderful gardeners in our area....yesterday afternoon ( a perfect day weather-wise) my friends and I made a short trip out to a peony garden owned by Karen and Henry Chotkowski.
There were hundreds of peonies in bloom...even more than the week before when they had their annual Mother's Day open house. It was overwhelming to the eyes! Each variety was more interesting than the last....
Finally, this one caught my eye, there being fewer yellow blooms....lots of white and pink and even deep reds....but I have a "thing" going for yellow this spring!

This is a new variety, an Itoh peony, which is a cross between the tree peony and the herbaceous. It is called "Prairie Charm"..... The butter yellow goes into a soft cranberry red center!
We forgot to bring our cameras...a shame as I could have captured the visual charm of the place. The Chotkwskie's home is bright pink, in honor of the peonies and has a long porch with many rocking chairs lined up to sit and watch the blooming! Several large shade trees are furnished underneath with garden tables and chairs for more serene contemplation of these beauties!

In a few days, I hope to visit another garden nearby where a friend has over 200 foxgloves in bloom....and I WILL take the camera...!!!!!


Gemma said...

Oh I would love to sit in a garden of peonies and visit with you. This is such a great time of year to explore gardens.Sending love to you Lila.

GreenishLady said...

Those are beautiful. I've never succeeded in keeping a peony alive, unfortunately, but luckily I have a neighbour with some lovely cerise peonies, so I get to enjoy them year after year.

Lady Laurie said...

Peonies are such a lovely flower.
Right now our gardenias are in bloom and they smell divine!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Peonies are such lovely oldfashioned flowers. I have quite a few in my garden, but they are not in bloom yet.

Mary Timme said...

Omigosh! I love foxglove and peonies. I'm going to try to make it to the Botanic Garden here soon just to take photos. I love it.

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