I posted these yellow peonies on my Nora Murphy Country House Facebook page and everyone has had the very same comment: “I have never seen a yellow peony!!!” Neither had I!

So the story goes . . . .

One fall day I was poking around my local Agway and happened upon a bunch of sad nursery pots. No blooms, just meh peony plants with tags full of promises and pictures of big, beautiful yellow blossoms. Yellow? Whoa! I’ve never seen or heard of one of those before! Just shades of white, pinks and reds resided in the gardens of Connecticut Country House. At ½ price it sealed the deal and they all came home with me.

Two years later, in June, ‘Bartzilla’ has become a bright star nestled amidst a mixed border of iris, artemisia, echinacea, lamb’s ears and roses. Its cheerful bright lemony color really pops in the garden. This semi-double peony is oh so elegant with deep dark green foliage and extremely fragrant 7 ½ -inch diameter flowers.

Terrific as a cut flower, I bring them inside just before they’ve opened all the way. This also makes it easier to shake the “Hey, we’re only doing our pollinating jobs” ants off.

These gorgeous flowers, one of my very faves, don’t last very long, so I appreciate their beauty for as long as can.

Find them. Plant them. Love them.

Happy gardening!

Love, Nora


  1. Denise on June 6, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Wow indeed! They are seriously gorgeous. I’ll be on the lookout for them.

  2. Donna on June 7, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Those are so beautiful and different. Thanks for the morning joy!

  3. Cathie on June 7, 2016 at 4:55 am

    Wow! They’re beautiful. ????

  4. Gail on June 7, 2016 at 8:01 am

    So beautiful like the sun

  5. Mary Lou Cummings on June 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Nice that you don’t have to prop them up-love the “natural” look by the stone wall.

  6. Linda Ishmael on June 7, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Love love peonies!!! My only complaint is they don’t last long enough!!!!!

    • Nora on June 21, 2016 at 9:59 am

      I’ll second that Linda! Love, Nora

  7. Michelle on June 7, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I was ha ing a small pre wedding shower for some work friends at my home. I was looking for just the right centerpiece. Left the house and came home and my best friend who wasn’t co.ing to my work related shower left me a centerpiece of white peonies from her neighbors yard. I cried. It was just what I was looking for but didn’t know it. I love peonies.

  8. Glenda Miller on June 7, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Where can you purchase yellow Peonies?

    • Nora on June 21, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Hi Glenda! I found mine at my local Agway. Never seen them anywhere else! Let me know how you make out! Happy gardening! Love, Nora

  9. Joyce on June 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Do you have at least one for sale? I have always loved these-had them moved from home to home as I moved. Never saw yellow until now!

  10. Victoria on June 7, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    These are gorgeous Nora. Include me in the ” never seen a yellow peony group. Your stone wall makes me miss mine in New Milford.
    My boys spent hours playing army behind them.

  11. Debbi on June 8, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    My husband has been babying two pink peonies he moved from his deceased Mom’s home. I told not to give up hope that they will bloom again. Maybe I can find a yellow one here in Ohio. Love your yellow peonies and your enjoy your blog.

  12. Cheryl on June 10, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    ? Beautiful! I have a yellow peony but I don’t know it’s name. Peonies are definitely a favorite of mine.

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