Tree peony flowers survived heavy rain last night!

woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)May 29, 2013

We got 41mm. (1.6") of rain yesterday evening and overnight, much of it heavy rain in thunderstorms. The tree peony flowers were just starting to open so I figured they'd be mush on the ground this morning! But they came through the night just fine. These ones are not prolific bloomers and the leaves tend to get messy with some disease by late summer by I like the color. Some pictures...

With the Chinese wisteria tree in the background:

With the pearlbush (a floppy shrub I've staked to be a small weeping tree...):

With 'Carol Mackie' daphne shrub and forget-me-nots:

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Incredible "Wisteria" 'woody'!

How old is it and for how long do the blooms last?

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 12:24PM
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BlueBirdPeony(5b NE Ohio)

I also love the Wisteria!! Gorgeous.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 1:18PM
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woodyoak zone 5 Canada(5b)

The wisteria was planted there in 2001. The blooms only last about a week or so - they usually finish by June 1. It was late to flower this year, probably because of the cold so I'm not sure if it might last a bit longer this year. The young Japanese wisteria tree though is just getting ready to bloom - this is its second year to bloom (planted in 2007) so it'll take over the show. The Chinese one does a smaller secondary bloom in July triggered by pruning the new foliage growth that is emerging now.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 1:21PM
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mxk3(Zone 6 SE MI)

Lovely! I adore tree peonies - both flowers and foliage. Your wisteria is fabulous BTW! :0)

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 10:25PM
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I saw a woody peony today at a nursery. It looks like yours. I took a picture of it. First time I saw a flower that is about 7 inches wide. It's beautiful!

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 3:59AM
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