We looked down the long path where the herbaceous peonies are planted and realized we were just a week or so too early for them. My what a sight this would be with all of these blooming.
I did find a few blooming.
As we strolled further in things began to look much better. I noticed that they had under planted the tree peonies with wildflowers. Here I recognize Golden Alexander and Geranium Maculatum.
The big draw for us and the other early birds were these tree peonies backed by the huge golden and orange Rhododendrons.
I also read a sign that said this Laurel Hill trail was being renovated. I guess that is why a lot of these tree peonies didn't have name tags.
No matter because they are gorgeous no matter what the names are.
This yellow one was one of my favorites. It did have a tag, 'High Noon'. It was a tall plant, maybe 4' tall. I must say I have never seen tree peonies this tall.
A close up of it 'High Noon's' flowers.
'Leda' is the name of this pretty girl.
'Satin Rouge' a French variety.
This purple to lavender to white one is my very favorite. It had huge blooms and the color is perfect in my eyes. The name gives it quite the spirit too, ' Guardian of the Monastery'. This was also a very tall plant.
As you can see even though we missed the big show we had plenty to admire.
I hope you were able to get out this weekend and enjoy the day before it got too hot.