#peonyforpresident

#peonyforpresident | What a great hashtag I have seen circulating Instagram! It's a wonderful time of Spring right now, and that is Peony season!

 my neighbors peonies..yes, I am that girl..I love how this photo captures several stages of the Peony's life cycle. 

my neighbors peonies..yes, I am that girl..I love how this photo captures several stages of the Peony's life cycle. 

These blooms are very popular, and for good reason! They are usually seen slightly bloomed and in the early stage rather than fully bloomed, like most of my pictures below. If I were using these for an arrangement or bouquet I would want to cut earlier to allow the peony time to "age" gracefully. Below are some of the varieties I have found around Old North Knoxville. I shared the website where I researched the varieties at the end of this post. There are so many types with colors ranging from deep burgundy to white and all sorts of different petals and bud shapes. Check. It. Out. 

I'm fortunate to have two peony bushes in full bloom right now. We are currently on the second round of gorgeous, heavenly scented blooms. 

 These blooms are incredible, but I will say, at least from my garden, getting the ants off completely is quite the chore. Some of my blooms even contain these weird bugs with claws on their tails. The thought of them makes me shiver, literally. I forgot about these awful looking critters after last season..never again. It is also deterring me from cutting more blooms. 

These blooms are incredible, but I will say, at least from my garden, getting the ants off completely is quite the chore. Some of my blooms even contain these weird bugs with claws on their tails. The thought of them makes me shiver, literally. I forgot about these awful looking critters after last season..never again. It is also deterring me from cutting more blooms. 

 So many buds! The rain has weighed them down. This triple bud stem of Festiva Maxima is freakin awesome. 

So many buds! The rain has weighed them down. This triple bud stem of Festiva Maxima is freakin awesome. 

 Another peony variety we have in the yard, Charlie's White.  

Another peony variety we have in the yard, Charlie's White.  

 Hello gorgeous! This looks like a type of Gay Paree peony but there are so many I can't be certain.

Hello gorgeous! This looks like a type of Gay Paree peony but there are so many I can't be certain.

 I'm going with Felix Crousse on this one. Known for its "bomb" form center. This picture is a little pinker than it is irl. It's more of a almost red pink. 

I'm going with Felix Crousse on this one. Known for its "bomb" form center. This picture is a little pinker than it is irl. It's more of a almost red pink. 

 Using my stove as the final de-ant-ing zone. Alas, another reason to avoid cutting future buds. 

Using my stove as the final de-ant-ing zone. Alas, another reason to avoid cutting future buds. 

Peony List