In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

The garden has been intoxicating recently, full of color and fragrance as peonies took their place among roses and irises.

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Simple vases of peonies in the house this week have meant pure delight.

Thought it looks appropriate for Valentine’s this red pitcher with heart decoration was just right to emphasize Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ in all its flouncy fluffiness.

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

A second pitcher features P. ‘Festiva Maxima’ along with two pinks, P. ‘Madame Emile Debatene’  and P. ‘Pink Parfait’.

In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’ (Peony)

Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’

Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’

Materials
Flowers
Paeonia ‘Pink Parfait’
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’
Foliage
none
Container
Stoneware pitcher glazed with bands of cream, green, blue. (pitcher and 4 cups, Pringle Pottery, North Carolina, circa 1977)
Red pitcher with white hearts

We had some rain this weekend and Sunday the temperature was back down to 54F during the day after reaching into the upper 80s earlier in the week. The rain was much needed but it did leave the peonies tousled and soggy. There still are more buds and one other type of peony yet to open.

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

24 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Paeonia

  1. Kris P

    Twofers seem to be a theme this week! You’ve started off my season of peony envy with a bang, Susie. I’d be thrilled to have either of those peonies in my garden. I thought that even the foliage of both my Mediterranean and Itoh peonies had completely disappeared but I unexpectedly discovered their foliage last week. I was pleased by that but any floral output is probably still a pipe dream.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      It’s been a great spring for the peonies here. I’d love to invest in an Itoh at some point. Hope yours surprises you with flowers this spring.

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  2. Cathy

    Oh wow Susie, how glorious! I especially love the pink frilliness of ‘Madame Emile Debatene’. Are all three fragrant? How long will your peony season be in total?

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. It’s a good year for peonies. The weather has cooperated and not been “too” hot. ‘Madame Emile Debatene’ is very elegant, a little more structured than the others. My first to open peony was Paeonia lactiflora ‘Coral Charm’ about mid-April, the last one will be Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’–its just starting to open today.

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  3. tonytomeo

    ‘Festiva Maxima’ is the most popular of just three peonies that are commonly available here. I am too tired to remember the other two, but they are pink and red. Even though ‘Festiva Maxima’ has those red streaks in it, it just might be my favorite. The red makes the white look whiter. More importantly, although not very reliable locally, it is probably the most reliable, hence its popularity.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Agree ‘Festiva Maxima’ is popular. I was given this one in a plant swap but probably wouldn’t have bought it on my own. It is lovely though and now am glad to have it. I often see peony grab bags of white, pink and red but they don’t usually offer the name.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Noelle. This has been a good year for the peonies, they’re blooming right on time for this area but have lasted better than usual.

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  4. Donna Donabella

    Missing my peonies so your vases certainly added some gladness to my day! That first one is adorable!

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