'Buckeye Belle' is still rapidly expanding for me, and I don't feel she is anywhere near her full potential, but I'm completely obsessed by the rich color of those blooms. An old peony, introduced in 1956, I previously noted that she found new life as the 2011 Peony of the Year and 2010 Gold Medal Winner. She put forth a total of 5 of those big sumptuous blossoms for me this year, a modest number, but the total display she put on is out of proportion to her floriferousness.
Sultry, seductive, bold, majestic, and opulent are all words that I would use to describe her. Everyone who sees her wants to know who she is and where to buy a piece of her. Honestly, look at that color. The closeup to the left is true to the real color of the petals. Doesn't it evoke a deep, full chord inside you, just begging you to sing of royalty and richness?
|'Bric a Brac'|
Writing about striped peonies is a dangerous activity for my garden and pocketbook. In my search for information about these peonies, I found Klehm has another striped one, 'Circus Circus', for sale. That one just made an order list for fall. I'm weak, yes, but I'm at least I'm predictable.