This Year I Finally Didn’t Hate My Tree Peony


Hate is really the wrong word for the way I feel about my tree peony. Colossal waste of space would generally sum it up much better. I am not one who generally hates blooming plants (or any plants or other living things).


What generally happens to this glorious plant is that its bloom tends to coincide with our first heat wave. And so its flowers tend to want to do this.


Notice the flower in front hiding behind the leaf. They tend to bloom for all of one day, then fry, and burn up and they’re done. It’s so disappointing.

This year, we didn’t have an early heat wave. The plant bloomed for over a week. In over 25 years living in this house, I have never seen this. It’s been spectacular.

So all is forgiven.

5 thoughts on “This Year I Finally Didn’t Hate My Tree Peony

    • gardendaze June 3, 2020 / 12:21 pm

      If you had a plant that only bloomed for 1 day for 20 plus years, you might come close to hating the space it was taking up too! 🙂

      Thanks for reading and commenting.


      • susurrus June 3, 2020 / 2:17 pm

        Let’s hope it’s learned the lesson of its ways now. 🙂

  1. The Chatsworth Lady June 3, 2020 / 12:09 pm

    That is a very well-grown tree peony! 🙂 Do you know which one it is? I would say that the flowers on mine lasted about five days, but up to eight if you count from the day the first flower opened until the final one faded. Mine (Kamata-Fuji) is the same color as yours, and I noticed this year that the petals acquire a silvery-white “frosted” effect for about a day before the serious fading begins. The effect is quite pretty, actually!

  2. gardendaze June 3, 2020 / 12:23 pm

    I don’t know–it was here when I “married the house,” as I say.

    Yours sounds lovely–and it sounds as if you have a much better bloom time, usually. Rejoice!


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