Sunday, August 15, 2010
Sucker for Stripes
Last year I added a particularly beautiful striped herbaceous peony, 'Pink Spritzer' to my garden. I saw the famous Roy Klehm give a lecture at the National Arboretum during a trip to Washington D.C. two years ago and I had picked out 'Pink Spritzer' as one of the "must-have" additions during the lecture. Subsequently, I ordered it straight from Klehm's own nursery, Song Sparrow Farm (http://www.songsparrow.com/), and planted it during the Fall as suggested. This year, it gave me the first blooms, an unusual and beautiful single peony of red and white and a little green that makes a splash in the front of my peony bed. Song Sparrow Farm doesn't offer it online right now, so if you can find one and plant it, guard it carefully. Gardeners are gentle folk but they aren't above the sin of envy and a little pilferage in the pursuit of beauty.