June 17, 2014

Peonies Envy at the Toronto Botanical Garden

Bigger is better


When it comes to peonies, there's no point being subtle. You want big and heavy flowers for those two magical weeks of the year (the leaves and woody stems aren't exactly ornamental.) 

The timing was right for me and my lovely family to visit the Toronto Botanical Garden on Father's Day for an impromptu picnic. The weather was fabulous and the peonies were in full force when I took these pictures. 

Love them or hate them, the gaudy blooms can't be ignored. And when the flowers disintegrate, they'll be a fleeting memory.

I'm envious of those who have the full sun and space to grow peonies. My backyard is way too shady for their liking and, anyway, I don't want to bother with hoops and stakes. Better to admire them without any of the care!


Paeonia Kopper Kettle Hybrid Itoh Peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia "Kopper Kettle" Hybrid Itoh Peony
 Toronto Botanical Garden 







Sea Shell Paeonia lactiflora herbaceous peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Sea Shell" Paeonia lactiflora herbaceous peony
Toronto Botanical Garden 

Paeonia Cora Louise Hybrid Itoh Peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia "Cora Louise" Hybrid Itoh Peony
Toronto Botanical Garden

Paeonia Sequestered Sunshine Itoh Peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia "Sequestered Sunshine" Itoh Peony
Toronto Botanical Garden 

Paeonia Sequestered Sunshine Hybrid Itoh Peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia "Sequestered Sunshine" Hybrid Itoh Peony
Toronto Botanical Garden 

Paeonia Bartzella Itoh Peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia "Bartzella" Itoh Peony
 Toronto Botanical Garden 

Paeonia Bartzella Hybrid Itoh Peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia "Bartzella" Hybrid Itoh Peony
Toronto Botanical Garden 

Paeonia lactiflora Celebrity herbaceous peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia lactiflora "Celebrity" herbaceous peony
Toronto Botanical Garden

Paeonia lactiflora Krinkled White herbaceous peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia lactiflora "Krinkled White" herbaceous peony
Toronto Botanical Garden 

Paeonia lactiflora Sea Shell herbaceous peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia lactiflora "Sea Shell" herbaceous peony
Toronto Botanical Garden

Paeonia Kopper Kettle Itoh Peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia "Kopper Kettle" Itoh Peony
 Toronto Botanical Garden 

Paeonia Cora Louise Itoh Hybrid Peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia "Cora Louise" Itoh Hybrid Peony
Toronto Botanical Garden

Paeonia lactiflora Festiva Maxima herbaceous peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia lactiflora "Festiva Maxima" herbaceous peony
Toronto Botanical Garden

Festiva Maxima  Paeonia lactiflora herbaceous peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Festiva Maxima"  Paeonia lactiflora herbaceous peony
Toronto Botanical Garden 

Paeonia lactiflora Flame herbaceous peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia lactiflora "Flame" herbaceous peony
Toronto Botanical Garden 

Flame Paeonia lactiflora herbaceous peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
"Flame" Paeonia lactiflora herbaceous peony
Toronto Botanical Garden 

Paeonia Yankee Doodle Dandy Hybrid Itoh Peony Toronto Botanical Garden by garden muses-not another Toronto gardening blog
Paeonia "Yankee Doodle Dandy" Hybrid Itoh Peony
Toronto Botanical Garden



Peonies Envy at the Toronto Botanical Garden: Bigger is better

When it comes to peonies, there's no point being subtle. You want big and heavy flowers for those two magical weeks of the year (the leaves and woody stems aren't exactly ornamental.) The timing was right for me and my lovely family to visit the Toronto Botanical Garden on Father's Day for an impromptu picnic. The weather was fabulous and the peonies were in full force when I took these pictures. Love them or hate them, the gaudy blooms can't be ignored. And when the flowers disintegrate, they'll be a fleeting memory. I'm envious of those who have the full sun and space to grow peonies. My backyard is way too shady for their liking and, anyway, I don't want to bother with hoops and stakes. Better to admire them without any of the care!