The Teddington Gardener

You say Peony, I say Paeonia – whichever you prefer, there’s a wealth of choice and colour at Kew Gardens

At the head of the Family Border and the long, gently curving rose pergola, with the Temple of Aeolus on the mount behind, is the peony border, and though it is early in the season, some have already gone over, while much has yet to even get started. Others are just about right and these are some of them… I like the big and blowsy as much as the next person, but the cream Globe of Light was understated and charming and Paeonia veitchii even more graceful, with delicately cut leaves and nodding flowers – something of the hellebore in the way they are held, or perhaps anemones? The whole thing is beautiful.

The keen-sighted among you will have noticed a display of Auricula, which those nice folk at Kew had put right by the exit. I had thought to get away this time without any major expense but they had other ideas. Still, it’s been a couple of years since they have had them in stock and at £7 each (less my Kew membership discount), well, you can see what my shopping basket looked like…. Auricula heaven. Now showing in Teddington!

One comment

  1. Lisa - Ontario

    Spring is my favourite time of year, and Peony season is the peak of the peak. I love all the peonies, however I am only planting singles, or semi doubles anymore, so I don’t have to stake them. I wish more people would plant peonies, lilacs, primula….well everything really. We have some very bland landscapes here. I loved your shopping basket. I have a double red primula and my English neighbour asked where I obtained it. When you see them for sale you must purchase them now! You may never see them for sale again.

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