Saturday, June 15, 2013

A Tale of Two Peonies

Two peonies, each with their own story.  When I first saw yellow Itoh peonies, I knew I had to have one.  As luck would have it, there was a sale, and a coupon; since I couldn't decide, I bought 'Bartzella' and 'Sequestered Sunshine'.
This is the third year for each in the garden and they are loaded with blooms.
I desperately wanted to show the stunning 'Bartzella' in our flower show but no flowers had opened by the night before.
'Sequestered Sunshine' had a couple almost open so I cut one and conditioned it.  By the next night at the show, I was very proud of how it looked.  And so was the judge!  I won the 'Judge's Choice' award.
The second peony comes from humble beginnings.  One day while I was at our local arboretum, I glanced off into the wooded area by the pond and low and behold saw what looked like a peony in bloom.  Yes, there in the dense shade was a spindly looking white peony.  We know there was a house down by the pond at one time for we found the remnants of a foundation over 10 years ago.  It has since become grown over with trees and grasses.  Knowing that someone loved that peony maybe 50 years or more ago, I dug a piece out and brought it home.  It struggled last year but had one bud that barely opened and was white.
This year there was one bud again that opened, but happily to reveal the secret beauty and name.
'Festiva Maxima', a peony from the 1850's I've been thinking of buying!  
 'Bartzella' on the left with 'Sequestered Sunshine'
 A pink peony that I think is 'Better Times' from 1940 was a division shared that has come with us through each move over 30 years.
The proud moment with my first place ribbon and 'judges choice'.
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50 comments:

  1. I very much enjoyed seeing the beautiful peonies. I've not seen yellow peonies before. Your story about rescuing the very peony you'd been looking for is so sweet. Now you've made me curious to know what my peony is. Congrats on your win!

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  2. They are absolutely gorgeous!

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  3. YAY!!!!

    Your award is very well deserved, Judith.

    I absolutely love the story about the lonely white peony. I am glad you "rescued" it!

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  4. That is wonderful to win the top prize Judith. I don't think I've ever seen a yellow peony. It's gorgeous! You have some great heirloom ones.

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  5. Congratulations my friend.... your Sequestered Sunshine is definitely a stunner! ... and how fabulous to discover such a treasure your Festiva Maxima is definitely an amazing discovery.

    Was in the garden all today and our peonies were just starting to open ...by the time we called it a day they had some amazing blooms opening.

    Wishing you a beautiful week..xo C. (HHL)

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  6. They are lovely flowers.
    Merle......

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  7. Congratulations on your win, Judith! Both yellow peonies are lovely. I think the story of how you came to acquire the white one is wonderful. Makes you wonder who nurtured that peony years ago; it is gorgeous with that swish of deep pink in it! Also, how nice that you have kept some of the same peony in each home.

    -Karen

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  8. Oh I have no words! They are just so beautiful.

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  9. Just found your blog. You have made me think again about Peonies in the garden. I love the two yellow varieties you show here.

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  10. Your Peonies are beautiful. I think Peonies have to be the most beautiful flower. Congrats on your award!
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  11. Congrats, that's wonderful. The peonies are gorgeous.

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  12. Congrats judith..what a beautiful yellow peony. I have the white one in my garden and it smells divine.

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  13. Congratulations, Judith! It's a beautiful peony and I know how wonderful they smell, too.

    Have a great week ahead.

    G

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  14. I have never seen a yellow peony before! They are lovely. Congrats on a well deserved award!

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  15. Congrats on your win! They are beauties! I love the peonies. Beautiful photos!

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  16. Congratulations, how wonderful to be a winner with that beautiful flower.

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  17. Congratulations, Judith! Both of your yellow peonies are lovely. Larry said he heard some Lowe's stores had Bartzella for $37! I love the white peony you rescued. Peonies are such glorious flowers!

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  18. The peonies were in full bloom in NC and I took a few pics that I will probably share next week! I love the white with the touch of color...it is gorgeous and I know you are happy to have it! Lovely flowers for a lovely lady!

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  19. Beautiful photos! Beautiful blogdesign also!
    Ps: Yes,ground cherries and physalis is the same :)

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  20. What a thrill-congrats! Peonies-such a beautiful flower and so are your photos!
    jemma

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  21. Heisann!
    Congratulations -and I found the story amusing!

    I love peons and look very much forward to see them bloom soon. They stand in half shade and are a bit late!
    Thanks for visiting my blog Wild and wonderful (in English)!
    Have a nice week

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  22. Kudos to you, Judith! Isn't it so gratifying to get rewarded for something that you love to do!? Your peonies are all precious and perfect!

    Poppy

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  23. These peonies are pure art photography, beautiful photos!

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  24. Congratulations on your first place win. It is a proud moment . I have a yellow Japanese peony but I cannot remember its name. I must look up its tag. Valerie

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  25. Judith they are stunning! Congratulations! Ours are sadly all finished now but they were nothing like the beauty of yours. What an interesting color in the first set.

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  26. It would be hard for me to choose a color. Lovely!

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  27. Beautiful!
    And those blue jars are just perfect for them!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Lea
    Lea's Menagerie

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  28. Congratulations on your blue ribbon, Judith!!
    I've never seen yellow peonies. Your collection of plants is beautiful, and unique.
    Your photos are truly wonderful in this post.
    xo

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  29. Peonies are SO beautiful! I'm waiting for mine to get open :) And then I'll try to shoot them as you did!

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  30. Hi! Nice peony flower shots. They are very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Peonies is outstanding. Stunning flower.
    Congratulations to the winner!
    There are buds on our Peonies.

    Jorunn Norway

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  32. Love the white one with the delicate pink centre - beautiful.

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  33. A lovely post, and such beautiful blooms! I'd like to invite you to join us at Today's Flowers.

    In fact, would you be willing to share two or three of your favorite flower photos on our home page in our Guest Friend spot? If you are interested you can send them to me at luvinwildlife@hotmail.com, and if you could please put ‘TODAY’S FLOWERS’ in the subject line, this would prevent it from dropping into my spam folder. As friends send me their photos I add them to a list in the order received, and let them know when they will be shown.

    Thank you for considering this and absolutely no pressure, we are just very grateful and feel very fortunate when friends share their flowers.

    Wishing you a happy day,
    Denise
    Today’s Flowers
    An English Girl Rambles

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  34. Hi Judith!
    Congrats on your win. Your Peonies are so pretty and they are one of my favorite flowers. My mother used to grow the white ones they are so sweet and delicate. Lovely story.
    ~Clara

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  35. Lovely peonies! Congratulations on your show win! I really like the white with splashes of pink. I have an all-white peony that I thought had touches of pink. Oh well, it's doing too well to be unhappy with it. How nice to find a special peony in the abandoned garden ... I'm glad you brought it home ;) Wendy

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  36. Oh, I do love peonies and congrats on your award! (I also love the blue Ball jars you have them in!)

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  37. Congratulations on your blue ribbon win! I had never heard of yellow peonies until now. I love the story of the peony you found and nurtured - what a beautiful reward. Those white petals splashed with pink are lovely.

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  38. Wow! Your flowers are gorgeous! Congratulations on the purple ribbon! How fun finding a "lonesome" flower from long ago! Have a wonderful week!

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  39. Beautiful peonies and equally beautiful story to accompany them! :)

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  40. Goodness Judith those are beautiful peonies. I've been sharing and dividing peonies my whole life and still have grandma's original plant. You know, one year I bought a yellow/orange tree peony and planted it and waited for three years for it to bloom and, when it did, it was PINK! I was so upset. Still want that yellow/orange peony. :) Lovely to pop in a visit with you again. :)

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  41. Congratulations! They are very beautiful.

    I can't post with my open ID the way your comments are set up (stupid Blogger). It will let me use the open ID if comments are embedded.

    Teresa from Eden Hills

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  42. Dear Judith,
    What fabulous peonies you have. True treasures. Are they tree peonies? Happy story about the peony rescue. Good for you!
    You are an inspirational gardener.
    Here's to more beautiful blooms, Ruthie from Lady B's

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  43. Your peonies in the blue ball jars are just wonderful.

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  44. Congratulations on your recent win! You have a right to bust your buttons with some pride over your flowers. And to rescue one that had been abandoned, only to find out that it was the type you've been wanting! Such divine luck!

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  45. Big Congratulations on your first place win and judges choice award! Your peonies look beautiful! I love the story about the white one you found- it has a new life again!

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  46. Congratulations on your wonderful award and on finding such a beauty Festiva Maxima.. I so wish we could grow peony's here in Savannah.. Yours are lovely..hugs, Cherry

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  47. Regarding Bartzella... You're talking my language! L

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  48. How lovely, you know my fondness for peonies:-) Gorgeous detail! I can't wait to see what you have to share with I Heart Macro this week! Sorry I'm slow getting around to visit, I've been out of town.

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  49. How lovely that you saved that Festiva Maxima peony! How is it doing this year? Many buds?

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