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.