Tuesday, 4 June 2013

A peony as big as the Ritz

The Peony Society put on a flower show at Wisley on Sunday, with lots of cut peonies on display. I have never seen tree peonies before and I couldn’t believe that some of the flowers were as big as my head! Just incredible. The scent of the herbaceous peonies was beautiful.

Claire Austin gave an interesting talk on intersectional peonies. The main point I took away from her talk was that peonies are very resilient, so we shouldn't be scared about uprooting them and moving them somewhere else! As well as being the daughter of David Austin and having a white rose named after her, Claire is an expert on peonies and sells these along with irises and perennials grown at her farm in Wales. These are some of the plants from her farm.

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