Saturday, April 21, 2007

The Peony Bush Volunteer

20070420 White Peony is Finished 20070420 Pink Volunteer Peony Bush

I planted this tree peony about two years ago, so this is the third Spring it has shown it's wonderful, full, white flowers.  It's finished right now (left).  But what's that?  A Volunteer??  Out of nowhere, this pink volunteer just popped out this year (right).  It must have been in the pot from the nursery and was dormant for a couple of years before showing itself.

The reddish bush in the background is something we call a "Tea bush".  Someday I'm going to have to look it up and give it a proper name.

20070420 Pink Volunteer Peony BlossomThe peony is fast becoming my favorite plant, what with it's showy pink volunteer and all.  I don't think the pink peony is a Tree peony, because the flower isn't as full or as large as the white.  I think I'll keep it.

Anybody have any thoughts on what type of peony has volunteered to live in my courtyard?


  1. Perhaps it's an "America"? Picture here.
    Scroll down the page and you can see "Better Times", but it's fuller than your volunteer is.
    What about sending the company a picture of yours and asking for an ID? I'm sure there are lots of peony specialists on the web.
    Have you seen the Itoh hybrids available from ?

  2. So, has the volunteer been identified?
    Enquiring minds want to know, and all that...