Posted by: Debra Kolkka | May 7, 2015

My big fat pink peony

Last year I bought several peonies from the garden show on the walls of Lucca. 2 of them were tree peonies. I very carefully planted them in pots at Casa Debbio.

This year they have both appeared and are growing. Just one of them grew a bud.

My peony

It grew.

My pink peony

…and it grew. It got caught in heavy rain and I thought the poor flower might drown.

My pink peony

My pink peony

My pink peony

My pink peony

…but it didn’t. This is what it looks like today. I think it is magnificent.

My pink peony

My pink peony

It is huge. That is my hand as a comparison.

My pink peony

I have several other peonies with buds. One has at least 20. I can’t wait to see those develop into peonies.

My peonies

 


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  1. Yes Deb it is magnificent

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  2. Really magnificent, Deb!

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    • Isn’t is amazing? It is a pity they live for such a short time.

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  3. I can imagine how excited you’re feeling seeing your peony grow so beautifully, Debra. It is a truly spectacular flower. I loved the pictures of the bud opening in stages and the raindrops on the leaves. We derive such pleasure watching nature burst into bloom.

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    • It has been fun watching this one grow…now I want more.

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  4. Peonies, I can’t get over them. My favorite all-time flower.

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    • They are just so beautiful, you couldn’t dream them up.

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  5. Magnificent indeed, the colour is so vibrant.

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    • The colour is heavenly and right inside the flower the pink is even better.

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  6. Beautiful ..
    Bet it smells divine ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Peonies are my favorite also, I just bought 5 stems and I enjoy them so much. Your photos are gorgeous .

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    • Peonies are my favourite flower. I once saw a bunch of tree peonies in a florist in New York. I was going to buy them for my sister, but they were $200, now I know why.

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      • My 5 peonies cost $6.95 at Trader Joe’s and they were gorgeous. $200 ,only in New York !

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  8. peonies have always been my favorite flower. Growing up in Pennsylvania the were plentiful in the spring and I can remember picking them in my grandmother’s garden .

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    • I now have 35 peony plants at Casa Debbio and I am hoping they will all thrive and in a few years the garden will be heavenly.

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  9. How gorgeous

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  10. Beautiful Deb….do they have a perfume?

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    • This one does, but you have to be very close. Of course I have liked my nose right into it.

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  11. Bellissimo!

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  12. Wow! What a beautiful flower!

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    • I was amazed when I saw how big it was going to be.

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  13. Gorgeous – my favourite flowers

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  14. Magnificent blossom indeed! Must be one of the largest I have ever seen!! Right placing, right care ! My neighbour has two and they can be oh so slow to grow in the beginning . . . we both go ‘talk’ to hers and even let the music flow from indoors to get the right vibes. . . .:) !!

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    • All the peonies I planted last year and this year have come up, but you are correct, they are very slow at first. I have one that was on my balcony at Ponte in a pot…going nowhere. I took it to Casa Debbio 3 springs ago and this year it is quite big. It is the one with 20 buds. I can’t wait to see them open. I think by next spring I should see some better growth.

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  15. I’d like to bury my nose into that thing! I bet it smells heavenly. I LOVE peonies. And that one is stupendous.

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    • I have buried my nose in it and will do exactly that again today.

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  16. What a gorgeous flower! And it’s my favorite color. I am anxiously awaiting my neighbor’s peony blossoms ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • I’m sure Paul’s are going to be wonderful.

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  17. Debra, that is incredible! My peonies are all in bud, and are beautiful when they open out, but nothing like the size of yours!!

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    • This one is amazing. I wonder what the others will look like.

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      • Look forward to finding out!

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  18. I love peonies….. and this one looks like the start of something big! Beautiful colour too.

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    • I have 35 peony plants. Imagine how good my garden will look in a year or 2.

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      • Pink with envy, sigh!!!!

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  19. so beautiful dear Debra, you did great watching of her… How amazing colurs coming up… Thank you, have a nice weekend, love, nia

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    • I feel like a proud mother, she is vety beautiful.

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  20. Hi Debra,
    Stunningly beautiful, perfect photos of a magnificent pink peony.
    Cheers
    Robyn

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    • I had no idea that bud would produce such a perfect flower…may there be many more.

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  21. my moms favorite. we had many plants grwing up in Seattle. i brought some of the plants to the house i live in today and they are that same exact color. very special memories. they are so deep in color but are now big and more of the pink tone. gorgeous.

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    • I think they are so special for me because it is too hot where I live in Brisbanr to grow them. I am thrilled that they like Casa Debbio.

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  22. my mom favorite. i brought plants to the house i live in today. over 40 year old [plants. same color. george miori

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    • Apparently they can live for a long time. I hope someone loves them when I have gone.

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  23. So gorgeous, Debra. I’m happy that the peony made it through the bad times. It’s really huge. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. We always look forward to peony season. It’s my favourite flower! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  25. Gorgeous, the texture and colour would have me staring at it for ages and often.

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  26. They are such a large, grand flower.

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  27. Wow that is gorgeous and so huge!!! Mine haven’t bloomed yet but I can hardly wait as I love peonies.

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  28. Beautiful Debra, thank you for this post. I have never seen a peony like yours before, absolutely amazing!

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  29. Hello Debra,
    Happy to find your blog yesterday–your photos are lovely! As I was typing my own post about peonies, this post came up as a related post, so I included it in my “related articles” section. It’s at the bottom of this post, if you’d like to check it out: http://www.joyfullygreen.com/2015/05/monday-snapshot-puffy-pink-peonies-plus-special-announcement.html. Looking forward to seeing more posts from you!

    Warmly,
    Joy Sussman

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    • Your peonies are gorgeous. I currently have a plant with about 20 huge crimson peonies. They are magnificent. I will post some photos soon. We are in the process of building a garden in our house in Tuscany. I have 35 peonie plants. Next year they should put on a really good show.

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