Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Peony Envy

Paeonia lactiflora ,A double flowered herbaceous Peony

Called the king of flowers ,the Peony is one flower which I will never be able to grow unless I move to a cool temperate climate and provide a sheltered spot in a garden with rich moist soil. These flowers were on display last weekend at a flower show so were a treat to see up close. The cult of the Peony began in China where they have been grown for centuries both as an ornamental plant and a medicinal one.They are native to a large area of Mongolia,northern China and eastern Siberia and are known by the name Shaoyao.

1 comment:

  1. Ian, you Aussies have a real play on words sense of humor. I absolutely love Peonies; and luckily they grow quite well here. But one thing you have to be careful about is that they attract ants. So, if you plan to use Peonies as a centerpiece for your dinner table... make sure they are ant free! Or you may have ants crawling all over your table.