Thursday, June 16, 2016

Peonies I didn't know until now

 Photos by Barry Wallace
I discovered peonies when I was 14 years old and living on my grandfather Thomas's farm for a year, at Churchhill, south of Barrie, while our house was being built in King City.   Syd Thomas loved four garden flowers in particular: mums, gladioli, dahlias and peonies.   Back then I thought peonies only came in three colours: white, pink and red.   Those are the three colours Linda and I have in our King City garden today. They are pictured here in the order in which they always bloom: white first, pink secondly and red third.   For 60 years I thought peonies only came in three colours.   Incredibly, I've just discovered that peonies come in dozens of other colours.   See the internet photo below of a green peony as an example.   They are hybrids and come in blue, maroon, yellow, mauve, fuschia, coral, lavendar, mixed colours such as red/white or yellow/white, and on and on.   They even come in black!   Who knew?   A lot of people, of course.   But not me and certainly not my grandfather.   He was born in the late 1800s and lived a good long life.   But not long enough to see a black peony, I dare say.

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Barry Wallace

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