Our spurt of hot weather pushed the woodland peonies into overdrive. All three shrubs opened all at once and these lovely flowers quickly became toast. But they were so beautiful while they lasted that I had to share them. This pink flowered variety is Paeonia obvata willmottiae.
A close-up of the flowers of Paeonia obvata willmottiae.
P. japonica up close.
P. obvata var. alba is my favorite but seems to be producing fewer flowers and losing vigor — which is why I am only showing this close-up (below). It does seem to be seeding so I am going to pot them up and try to grow them on and see what happens.
Not a peony! But this gorgeous Glaucidium palmatum did not seem to be at all bothered by our spell of hot, windy weather. This gets a lot of early Spring sun before the trees leaf out but seems not to mind that either. Since it is considered a part to full shade plant, I am a bit surprised that it is doing so well. I am hoping to add the white variety to the garden in the fall.