Itoh Peony/Sweet Pea Report 2015
First Peony of the year
A better year this year than 2014 for our 'Misaka' Itoh Peony. There are ten flower buds; last year the poor plant managed only four. January 2014 was so consistently warm I think it affected the plant more than this January's dryness. I planted it back in 2012.
The plant, looking good. That's bloom #2:
It's fun having a special plant or two. The Itoh peony certainly is one of mine.
At a local garden center, the pink 'Keiko'.A very disappointing year for Sweet Peas. I planted four raised beds with them. The plants grew vigorously. They looked great. I anticipated masses of flowers. But due to several fierce heat waves, almost all the flowers shriveled and fell off as soon as they appeared. Some beach-area growers had better luck; look at these beauties displayed at the local garden center's Sweet Pea show:
No, I am not making that name up! See?
'Cupani' is an old standard:There was a contest with prizes, but sadly very few entrants--it was a lousy Sweet Pea year for a lot of people. Here's a pretty one:
This was mine. This was every flower stem from three raised beds worth of big, strong plants. Sad! They did smell wonderful.
I will cherish every precious Peony flower:
For the Sweet Peas, as fans of the Chicago Cubs always say, Better luck next year!