“In the Garden with Kathryn”: Think Pink… Peonies, Peonies, Peonies!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley uses peonies in the garden

Another reason that I love May is …

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley uses peonies in the garden

Last week we had a forecast that called for frost and immediately I had to cover my budding peonies. I have many old heirloom peony plants from my mother’s garden.  As a child I so vividly remember the peonies in my grandmother’s garden.  Their scent was heavenly and I was so fascinated by the layers and layers of petals.  Peonies remain my favorite flower and I only wish that they would grow all summer in my little cottage garden!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley uses peonies in the garden

I love peonies of every color , but my favorite are the lovely pale pinks. One of my favorites is of course “Sarah Bernhardt”.  So many peony varieties and so little space in the garden at Chestnut Cottage!  But I will squeeze in a peony at any given opportunity and I love the site www.hollingsworthpeonies.com.  They have a great selection, especially of fragrant varieties, as well as heirloom plants.   An heirloom variety is described as having been on the “peony market” for over 100 years.  Some of my favorite fragrant peonies are these: Bridal Shower, Lavon, Madame de Verneville, My Love, and Mr. Ed. (Below)

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley uses peonies

And my favorite heirloom peonies are Lady Alexandra Duff and Mons Julls Elie and Festiva Maxima!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

Peonies in my garden bring me immense joy and pleasure, as do cutting them for lovely arrangements. These should inspire everyone to plant peonies by the dozens!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

If these lovely flowers make your heart sing as they do mine, stay tuned tomorrow for…MORE   PEONIES!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley

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4 Responses to “In the Garden with Kathryn”: Think Pink… Peonies, Peonies, Peonies!

  1. Franki Parde says:

    How close to my heart! We brought back to VA peonies from my Grandfather’s farm in NE (130 years!) twenty five years ago and they are truly “old fashioned.” I cherish them, however, they do NOT appreciate going from loam to clay! More IS better! franki

  2. Kathryn says:

    The old plants are definitely superior in my “humnble opinion”!

  3. Jan says:

    I really really do love Peonies myself too.

  4. Kathryn says:

    And I do really love peonies and I love you too Jan!

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