The Tree Peony is in bloom! Yesterday saw the first bit of color in the bud. Watch the bloom open over the course of today:
I purchased this plant sometime between 2001 and 2003 as Paeonia suffruticosa 'Kamatanishiki.' It first bloomed in 2006, and, shortly thereafter, I realized it looked nothing like 'Kamatanishiki.' (But see the 'Kamatanishiki' at Dirt Therapy.) I've concluded that it is 'Ofuji Nishiki' a Rockii Hybrid. (Rockii hybrids have dark flares in the center of the blooms.) I like it even better than 'Kamatanishiki.' This plant is the diva of Squirrelhaven and worth every bit of the trouble. Does your garden have any divas?