Snowy day here.....miss my garden and I bet you do too! Feel free to add your garden. Lesley
Lesley - You seem to have so many beautiful views of your garden, I always enjoy them so much! I love the way you mix all the different flowers with your roses! It's not snowy here, but it's cold. It's a joy to see such loveliness on a cold winter's day. Thank you.
I'm drooling for a day like this!
Ack! I just blew a gasket at the beauty of your gardens, Lesley and Seil. I can never achieve such a green lush look in this desert, but I certainly appreciate your photos. I can't even get the few good photos of my garden posted because the files are too big for GW, and I've been too lazy to get them on Photobucket. Please feel free to post more views of your gardens. Diane
Thank you Sara-Ann and Diane. This weather has me house bound and just bored to tears!! Seil, that picture of your garden is yummy. I love your color combinations. I am one that puts all colors together...I just like it like that. It is all white out there today....no color. Lesley
Zounds! Is that a gorgeous lavender Campanula with the red and white roses? Great combo. Do you have a pic with the lily open?
I love curbside beds. Seil's house would be on my morning walk!
Some more beautiful views, Lesley and Seil. Seil, do you mind telling what the taller red and lavender looking roses are? So many blooms.
I love to look at your gardens. They are such an inspiration. I, too, want to know what kind of campanula that is. I am in the middle of winter sowing seeds, including teeny tiny camp. seeds. My lavender Canturbury Bells never get that deeply colored...
I am sorry to say I can`t remember the name of the Canturbury seeds. I winter-sowed them. I really think they were lovely and wish I could remember the name! Seil, I would love to know the name of the small white rose in the front of your street bed. I agree...your street would be the street I would take on my daily walk. Just beautiful. Stay warm everyone!!!!! lesley
This doesn't hold a candle to Lesley and Seil's beautiful roses, but I am very happy with how well my roses did over the growing season, since it has been mostly a new beginning for me. Mother nature gets most of the credit. I am definitely looking forward to spring and seeing my roses doing even better!
I like your little vignettes, Lesley! I never think to take any of those. It's usually one flower or the whole garden, nothing in between, lol!
Sara, the tall red is Blaze. Next to it is the pink and white striped Honorine de Brabant. In the distance, next to the car, is Golden Celebration. In the front row starting at the far left is Julia Child, which wasn't in full flush yet, Home Run, Softee, Dream Come True and Quietness. And by the way, your garden IS beautiful! All those roses look very healthy and are blooming well so don't sell your talents short!
Beautiful gardens Lesley, Seil and Sara Ann! Frigid cold temps for us again today, so the photos are a much needed spirit lifter!
UmmÃ¢ÂÂ¦for a rose addict, why do all my Ã¢ÂÂlandscapeÃ¢ÂÂ pictures seem to be of the shaded areas? I have tons & tons of bloom shots, some bush shots and several shots of the all-rose, cutting garden, but canÃ¢ÂÂt find any sweeping pictures of cheerful, sunny beds with roses and flowers. Note to self, take more than just bloom and bush shots this season :)Ã¯ÂÂ Here are a couple of shade garden shots just for the heck of itÃ¢ÂÂ¦
For a jolt of color, hereÃ¢ÂÂs a shot of the cutting garden...
Such lovely garden shots--I'm enjoying this thread tremendously! Outside my (computer) window all I see is brown grass and bare twigs--not even pretty snow which can create a lovely wonderland look--just a depressingly brown and bare-limbed look! Your garden shots are some kind of fantasyland--blooming and full of color and green things--so wonderful! Thank you for sharing your beautiful gardens.
Pat, I love your shade garden shots. That hydrangea is amazing. I have no luck with them here,altho I keep trying!I have spent a lot of time on the Hosta Forum and hope to add more to my shade areas.I hope to mix in some heuchera in also. I added 18 Circus heuchera in my roses this fall and loved them. It goes without saying that your roses are amazing. I have never had that many blooms. I hope others will add more garden hots to this. I love them all! Lesley
Thank you Seil for the kind words. I really wasn't fishing for a compliment, but I appreciate it. And thank you also for naming the varieties of your roses. Thank you Pat. Love your shade garden and your cutting garden too, so colorful!
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Waiting for this time of the year again!.
Beautiful color combo Romanpot!
Lesley, I have a lot of coral bell varieties, but they generally aren't fond of our heat/humidity, so they prefer to reside in the shade with the hosta, astilbe, foxglove, etc., rather than out with the roses. Circus heuchera with roses does sound wonderful, though, if only our climate would cooperate with that. Your pink hydrangeas are lovely (and your visiting bird). No matter how much I amend our soil, I can't keep a hydrangea pink for long...they always revert back to bluer than blue...
Coral Bells mixed in along the left (and the kitchen garden out in background by the fence...I sure miss fresh vegetables and herbs, too!):
Oh, my what a glorious hydrangea, Pat, and your cutting garden is pretty impressive, too. That amazing blue just draws your eyes in. Here in the desert, if we can get a hydrangea to grow, it's definitely pink, or will try to be, anyway. All these colors are so uplifting. I even like the vistas of your large green yard for they remind me how I miss my visits to Alabama to see my late in laws on their acreage outside Jasper. I always noticed how large and green the yards were, and yours looks just like my memories (out here in the wide open spaces of the West, the lots are measly and expensive). It's got to be the water and constant irrigation issues that cause this for the most part.
Romanpot, your clems are so gorgeous. I can hope my lonely one will grow as beautiful as yours.
Keep the photos coming. I love them all. Diane
These are the hills I view every day when I look out my back windows (except in winter). Now imagine a big brown cloud of smog hanging over them, blocking all view. Yes, that's our beloved "inversion", here to stay for who knows how long. Diane
Here's an evening moon view from my front yard in late summer, I believe. Diane
Diane, IÃ¢ÂÂm only about 50-60 miles from Jasper. IÃ¢ÂÂd love to dig up more of our large green Ã¢ÂÂlawnÃ¢ÂÂ (weeds in actuality) and add more flower beds, but not enough time to tend to them right now. I'm about maxed out on time and space that I can get watered. Your views are so coolÃ¢ÂÂ¦like right out of an old western movie! Would love to ride horses through those hills by light of that moon :)Ã¯ÂÂ View from my backyard right nowÃ¢ÂÂ¦brown pasture and cows...not very pretty this time of year
Diane, I am amazed at the differences in our landscapes. I have seen your garden pictures and your gardens are so beautiful. I can only imagine the amount of time and energy you spend. We love it tho, don`t we? If you love to garden, you just learn to deal with what ever you have.Pat, your blue hydrangeas are breath-taking. Pink is all I can get and many of those have to be replaced every year. I would recommend the Circus i with roses. They took the sun very well and their bright lime color was eye catching. I will look for a photo, but did not see one as of yet. More pics everyone!!!! Lesley
Don't have many chances to show off my paniculata hydrangea--love its pink and white blooms--so here goes.
Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea
And my lilies
And one of my a favorite flowers: Peony (probably Cora Stubbs)--only blooms 2 weeks--at most--per year!
My Siberian Iris--love the blue-jeweled tones
OK--I guess I better throw in a few roses too. LOL
The Perfumed Path
Aha--found one that has a little bit of everything blooming in it, including a couple roses.
It does feel good to browse through last year's photos, doesn't it!
Love the pictures, I'm really missing seeing green. We just got a foot of snow yesterday, so right now my plants aren't much visible!
Diane, I love your backyard view, I wish I could live in an area like that. I'm the opposite over here, we have no hills here in northern Jersey.
Seil, I love your golden celebration - but does it really get that large in zone 6? Did not expect that one! I have mine in a smaller space.. Just planted it own root last summer but I'm planning on getting one on Dr. Huey from DA in spring.
All the hydrangeas are beautiful, we have a nice one between my house and my neighbors house. Are they once bloomers? I can't remember, because I'm thinking of getting one for my backyard for a shady spot but don't want just a weeks worth of bloom.
I'll try and post some pictures soon once I get them off my phone.
Awesome pictures though.
Such beautiful flowers! I love all the hydrangeas. Pat, your blue hydrangeas are really something! Kate, your flowers are just gorgeous. I love seeing everyone's beautiful roses and other flowers.
Your Vanilla Strawberry is gorgeous! I have one, but mine isnÃ¢ÂÂt that pretty. ItÃ¢ÂÂs in a different shade bed with Anabelle and AngelÃ¢ÂÂs Blush hydrangeas. That bed gets a lot of thru traffic from neighboring dogs, and they suffer a bit from the trampling. I love all your lilies and irises, too. I adore peony blooms, but I only grow a couple since the bloom cycle is so short.
zone6-nj, Some varieties of hydrangeas bloom on old and new wood (will rebloom) and some on old wood only (donÃ¢ÂÂt really rebloom, but have a fairly long bloom cycle). The pics I posted of my blue hydrangeas are Endless Summer (Hydrangea macrophylla). In a different garden, they were in dappled shade and did rebloom heavily until frost. Here, once the pecan trees leaf out, they are in almost complete shade. I get a big first flush from them with scattered blooms following until frost. I do have Mini Penny hydrangeas (macrophylla) in a different bed with morning sun. I get good rebloom on those. They were pink their first year, but turned blue in our acidic soil after that. A creamier shade than the Endless Summers, though:
Pat--thanks for the compliments on Vanilla Strawberry. And I love your blue ones too.
Since Vanilla Strawberry is a paniculata (and not a macrophylla like Endless Summer), you might try moving her out into full sun--mine gets burning sun all day long, which is perhaps a bit too much--she'd like a hour or two of semi-shade in the mid to late afternoon, but other than that, being a paniculata, she is a sun-lover. With more sun, she will bloom more and more.
Hope that's helpful.
Thanks Kate! Mine gets some sun, but probably not enough for optimum blooming...maybe it's time for me to try moving it to another area.
Kate...thank you so much for your pictures. Wow, you have such a variety and I love that.I must add that peony. Just lovely.I will also be adding Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea. We are the same zone, so hopefully they both will grow here.I am enjoying these garden shots so much. A big thank you to all of you that have taken the time to post. Stay warm! Lesley
I'm loving all the pictures! So many beautiful plants. If we're not careful we're all going to have huge wish lists!!!
Seil, you read my mind...I was hoping someone would post a picture with poppies...they always make me smile! I looked for one to post earlier in the thread, but I only had a couple of crappy poppy pics. Here's a pic of my beloved Easter lily instead. A gift from the church when my dad died 4 years ago, it has flourished and spread to a nice sized clump now. I look forward to seeing it bloom each year. If this cold winter we are having kills it, I will cry...
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This HAS been a nice thread. It's always good to see pictures of roses, even better though to see them growing in gardens amongst other beautiful plants. And some very lovely gardens are featured here.
My poppy contribution.
Beautiful Sidos-House...thanks! I see that the bees love your poppies as much as I do :)
Looked again at my poppy pics, but they were taken on my old cell phone and really are crappy, so I'll spare y'all.
Thanks, Pat. My love for lilies rivals my love for roses and yours looks exquisite. It's amazing what a lily will do when it's happy.
All of the pictures here have been really inspiring!
I'm enjoying all these glimpses from your gardens so much, and getting some inspiration for spring plantings, too.
Kate, that Vanilla Strawberry is yummy like its name. I love the color combination. I only grow plain old yellow Asiatic lilies, so I'm envious of your beauties in all the color shades I like best. The peony is just adorable. You have a real talent in putting together many plants in a most charming cottagy way.
Pat, that last hydrangea you posted is beautiful, too. I like the subtle shading of the soft blues. I think I'm starting to get hydrangea fever. They're sold around here, but I just don't think our alkaline soil and hot, dry, and sunny summers would agree with them. Do hydrangeas prefer acidic soil? Should I give one a try? What do all of you think?
Seil, I love your cheerful poppies, too. I haven't grown them in years. I'm thinking of trying some lavender ones--saw the seed on ebay. Has anyone tried "Lauren's Grape" poppies?
Pat, I do hope your lilies make it through this nasty winter to bring you beauty and good memories this spring.
Sidos, Thanks for another lovely poppy pic. I'm definitely getting those poppy seeds!
Here's a photo of my favorite hibiscus, "Fantasia". Hibiscus do well here, thank heaven. Diane
This is a pic of my Snowball viburnum, the closest thing I have to a hydrangea. Diane
I grow hollyhocks all over the place, and they're all double and in the most amazing color shades. Sometimes I think they are as lovely as roses. Here's one for you to see. Diane
Sidos...I love your poppy. I have never had luck with them, but maybe I should try them again.That is an outstanding picture of your Easter Lily,Pat. I so hope this weather will do no harm. I think lilies add so much to a garden and they easily fit in small places. Unfortunately, I have had a terrible problem with voles. They ate many of my bulbs and I am trying to decide if I will replace them. Some were very special.I am enjoying all these garden shots so much. More snow coming tonight and the high was 11 today! Lesley
I've been trying to get one last pic up, but GW keeps rejecting them--files too big. Here's Ascot with some lavender. Diane
I am having trouble too, posting my pictures from flickr. I never had that problem before.
What joy a garden brings! That is such a pretty hibiscus, Diane. The grow like monsters here. How old is your viburnum? In the picture it looks like it must be gigantic. I would imagine you don't have such a problem with rust on the foliage of your hollyhocks in your climate. They sure are pretty. I've chosen some seed this year that resembles the one you pictured.
Leslie, is that muscadet? I didn't know you had voles! I had some in my garden last winter along with mice. They ate almost all of my Angelique Tulips but didn't touch the lilies.
I tried for many years to grow poppies with no luck. And then one year, I could. My first poppy was Lauren's Grape. It has naturalized in my garden now and they are smaller than they used to be because I don't do a good job of thinning or selecting. I also really like the Angel's Choir mix of shirley poppies from Renee's Seeds.
Another Lauren's Grape.
It gets a little crazy.
Poppies, viburnum, hollyhocks--I love them all! For years I had pink Oriental poppies--but the past couple years, they faded away. I'm really beginning to wonder about my garden--old-timers seem to be fading away these past couple years. Hmmm--. Planted some new Orientals there--more vivid purplish color if I remember correctly, but they didn't bloom their first year. Will be curious to see what they do this coming summer.
About hydrangeas, I think you can grow them. On the macros, the color will be determined by how acidic or alkaline the soil is, which means you would probably have to add some aluminum sulfate to your soil to change the pink ones to blue--but the pinks are lovely too. Other hydrangeas like Annabelle (white) don't have a soil preference that I'm aware of, nor do my paniculatas like Vanilla Strawberry. It's just if you want blue macros that the alkalinity of the soil would be a problem.
Hey, Nana--Ascot is amazing!
All the different flowers are so beautiful. Diane, love your hibiscus and what a pretty hollyhock! Love the poppies too. Lilies are always special. Everyone's flowers are wonderful!
Diane, Hollyhocks were one of my first lessons in patience as a gardener. I remember planting a six pack of tiny little Ã¢ÂÂChaterÃ¢ÂÂs Double MixÃ¢ÂÂ in my first garden and having to wait patiently until the next summer to see what colors I had. As Sidos-House said, though, they rust terribly here, so I didnÃ¢ÂÂt plant them again until last year. I planted a single variety that is supposed to be more rust resistant and am waiting patiently to see them bloom this year. Love your lavender, too. IÃ¢ÂÂve finally given up on growing lavender in the ground hereÃ¢ÂÂ¦planted some in pots last year and will see how that goes. I agree with Kate that you could probably grow hydrangeas. Supposedly, the macrophyllas are more finicky than the paniculata, arborescens, quercifolia, etc, but I donÃ¢ÂÂt have any issue with the macros as long as they get protection from hot afternoon sun and are kept well watered (water hogs here). There are some smaller macrophylla varieties that would be suitable for large pots where soil amendment to manipulate their bloom color would be easier. I tried for years to grow poppies from seed with no luck. When I finally had one bloom, I realized they may have been coming up all along, and I had been pulling them up thinking they were weedsÃ¢ÂÂ¦they can look quite weedish at first. Mostly have the fern leafed varieties now, so there is no mistaking them, but love all poppies...Sidos, that deep grape color is gorgeous. Lesley and KateÃ¢ÂÂs lily pics are making me want to add more of those, too. IÃ¢ÂÂm also a big fan of phloxÃ¢ÂÂ¦from the shade loving woodland phlox to the old pass along summer phlox. Two of my favorites are Peppermint Twist and Laura:
Oh those Lauren's Grape poppies, I love them. I'm going to have to try them. Poppies are a mixed bag of success and failure around here. I have had good luck with the Angel's Choir ones. Hollyhocks do very well here and have no rust, but we have bad winds that hit randomly, usually when some stand of hocks is at its peak. I have shed real tears over the mess the wind can make of them.
I love your phlox, Pat, and what, no mildew? Here, we must do so much extra watering, and I always got mildewed phlox, so I gave up on them. I think they must need plenty of open air.
Here's another hollyhock pic. Diane
Oops, i forgot to thank all of you for the hydrangea advice. If I get my planned projects done or mostly so (lots of holes to be dug by old lady), I think I'll try a hydrangea. I may use a large pot at first, and we'll see what happens. I like both pink and blue so that won't be a problem.
And the Snowball is starting its tenth year and is, indeed, huge. These guys love it here--I had another at my previous home, and it was a monster, too. They are totally NO care. I can't say that about any other big shrub I have. Oh, I forgot. There is one rake up of spent blooms, and that's it.
Here's another hock pic, quite, ahem, rustic thanks to the neighbor's dog run fence. Diane
I don't really have mildew issues with most of my phlox. I think a lot of the newer varieties are more resistant than the older ones. Shasta daisies and the older tall zinnias are the mildew magnets in my garden. Your "rustic" hollyhock shot is beautiful!
I even miss the stray cat who thinks he/she owns our deck furniture. We have to ask permission to sit down, lol. Seriously, I don't have the heart to get the cat to move so I pretty much wait for the nap to be over.
Oh, how dare you bring a darling kitty into this conversation?
So many beautiful gardens.
Lesmc, I love the smooth bulk of the box hedge against all those flowers.
Kate, that Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea is mouth-watering, and the peony.
We are getting snow & the temps are colddddd!
So nice to see all these great garden pics right now...:)
This is a wonderful way to spend and sub zero evening!
Oh, Lesley, I just found this post and your lead-off photo is exactly what I'm hoping to end up with in the garden I am slowly building here at my new home. I have a black decorative fence around my garden and a covered patio, too - and so I can easily picture in my mind how it could be just by looking (and drooling) over your photograph. Thank you for cheering up this week of biting cold and blowing snow!
Annececilia, thank you for your kind words. I have enjoyed all the pictures on this post. I seem to take garden pictures more than rose pictures. I hope to do better this year. I have two garden areas in both corners of our lot. The picture you see is in my older garden. I built the gazebo and the garden went in around it. It is a hodgepodge of plants...mostly roses and clematis. This winter will result in much damage and will bring spring changes! A gardeners work is never done!!! Good luck with your garden. I think pictures help me a lot. Think Spring! lesley This is a picture of the other corner garden!
I just love your garden pics, Lesley. Wish I could stroll through your yard and enjoy!
I would love to take a stroll through your beautiful garden, too, Lesley, and it's definitely not a hodgepodge of plants. It looks very well thought out by someone with an artistic eye and a green thumb. I love those enormous looking lavender blooms in the left corner of your photo. What rose is that? Please feel free to share more pics of your garden! By the way, your garden area looks very large with so much great hardscape. Am I right about its size (just being nosy)? I've seen a lake, too. Is that on your property? It's beautiful addition to your garden. Diane
Here's a bit of yellow to bring some winter cheer.
Diane...love all the yellow..bright and cheerful.Kate and Diane, I truly wish you both could come and visit my garden. I could use your advise! I have a feeling I am going to loose several roses and plants. Diane, the rose on the left is Sweetness.Guinevere is the white on the right . You can see my other garden in the background with the gazebo. I have two areas in both corners of the yard. I garden on i acre and yes...we are on a lake.
That is a beautiful scene with such a wonderful path that fits so well in its surroundings. And a lake. How serene it looks. I'll bet you have lots of places to have your coffee or tea and take in a view.
You got my attention when you mentioned Sweetness. Yours looks lovely, but the one I tried to grow was awful, and basically grew backward as we say on the forum. I put Sweetness out of its misery, and it went on my "can't recommend this one" list, but obviously it does well in some places for some people. Like the reverse of Julia Child for you, perhaps.Roses are a puzzle. More photos, please, when you have a chance-love them. Thanks again for the photos and this thread. Diane
Wow! Thank you all so much for the wonderful stroll. I've thoroughly enjoyed it.
Here are some red poppies that come back every year. I am seeing small sprouts come up already!
Alameda...I just sent you mail. I woul d love to trade for
a few of those lovely red poppies. I have the same ones
(some dbls, some singles mixed) in salmon color.
Everyone, thanks for the beautiful pictures!
Lesley, I live in lexington. Your roses are beautiful, but how do you keep your foliage looking so disease free? I spray, but BS is still bad at times.
I hate the smog too. One day when the cars are mostly hybrids, maybe we will have the end of it. I wish we could get the cars that Brazil has that run on sugar cane fuel. I would rather buy sugar cane fuel than gasoline and it would be closer to import it.
I am waiting waiting on the first roses and I would love to have that rich green that some of you get. Peonies would be a dream come true here. Hurry up scientists and get a warm weather peony! Good thing I don't have cows out back, or I'd spend all my time petting them!
Beautiful roses,Kitty. Very envious that you will have roses soon. We are covered in snow with more coming tonight. I do love the peonies. They are the queen of the early spring garden here. For Ky.Rose...I do spray some of the roses in my garden,not all. I use Bayer and spray every 10 days, without fail. This seems to work well. I know many do not approve of fungicides, but I feel they are necessary in this part of the country. I do not use insecticides. If you are ever in Louisville look me up! lesley
Thanks for the invitation to see your garden. How do you prepare your spray material? Do you add a sticker/spreader, pH adjuster or anything to it? I use Banner Max or Bayer and still have BS. Last summer I sprayed sometimes every 5 - 7 days trying to get it under control. Occasionally, I added Mancozeb. Thrips have been awful the last few years, too.
It's so good to browse through this thread again (though a mite painful, considering how awful everything looks right now). We've had two weeks of rainfall and warmer temps, and we do need the rain. But everything is thawed out and so brown, and next week it turns cold and snows again! I'm a little worried about that.
Lesley, your peony is gorgeous and unusual. Please tell us which one it is. I am so glad we can these beautiful flowers. They are our reward for suffering through winter's torture. Diane
For Ky. rose...I mix the Bayer as suggested. I add Montys to the mix and spray away. I do have an occasional leaf of blackspot which I pick off! I have sp`ed the roses that do not respond . Each year can be different, but so far this has worked. Who knows what this year will bring! Diane, the peony is Do Tell. One of my favorites. I don`t grow very many peonies as their season is short here and spring rains drag them down.Winter torture...love that. You are so right! Lesley
Thanks for the info on your stunning peony. Here it's not the rain, but the wind in the spring that damages peonies. I've been known to run out and cut off the entire "crop" of blooms for bouquets when a bad wind is predicted. I love your tulips--I know they have a special name with their pointed petals, a favorite I've never grown. Here's pic of a beloved peony I grow, the old classic, Sarah Bernhardt. Diane
Love your Sarah Bernhardt! Mine didn't come back last year for some reason...maybe the dogs dug it up without my knowing or something. She was a favorite, and I miss her. Two of my favorite remaining peonies are beauties, but have unfortunate names.
Whopper (huge, fragrant flowers that are beautiful in all stages)
Bartzella (huge, fragrant flowers of the most beautiful yellow with a reddish eye on a lush plant)
I'm dreaming of this
Unfortunately I have this
Pearlgirl, I didn't get your email......try again and I will check my spam folder - it could have ended up there. I will gladly send you some of the red poppies when they are finished blooming and the seeds dry - just email me and I will mark it on my calendar.
Thanks you, everyone, for these lovely garden shots. They've warmed my gardening soul.
I have an assortment of non-rose things squirrelled away in my garden. You can have a peek if you promise not to laugh too hard. First is a group of some short, border lilies that I have in several colors.
Next is one of my two surviving gas plants which finally decided to bloom this year. Notice the veining on the petals.
Just to be different, I tried a few of these Bletilla terrestrial orchids. Here is one showing a flower.
Some of my pet clematises.
Some Tiger Eye Gold rudbeckias that I grew from seed. Each of these pails has three plants in it, but what a show they created.
As long as we are showing peonies, I will add one of my real show-offs of a tree peony. I love it.
I hope you will like these and find them interesting.
Beautiful flowers, bustopher!!! I especially love that peony tree.
BustopherÃ¢ÂÂ¦wow that peony is outstanding. You have added some real beauties to your garden. Your clematis are lovely. Can you name the dark purple one? I am trying to complete my list for order and that one looks double. It is lovely. So happy you added your extras! lesley
With regards to the tree peony, I doubt that there are very many flowers that create as much a show with one flower as a tree peony in bloom. Each one is so large and delicate that it is almost a mismatch that these two qualities would be found in the same flower.
As to the dark purple clematis, I do not know exactly which one it is. The closest that I can find in the Donahue's Greenhouse and Wayside Gardens catalogs is one called, "Franziska Marie", but I don't think that is this exact variety. I peeked outside to see if I still had the tag visible, but it was not within visual range. So, I am not totally sure what it is. All I do know is that this one is not a very heavy bloomer typically.