I was amazed to find these intersectional peonies in full bloom when in the western suburbs of Chicago last weekend. Back east along the Lake Michigan shoreline, the peonies are still waiting to bloom. It's amazing how much of an effect Lake Michigan has on the shoreline communities. The western suburbs can average anywhere from five to twenty degrees warmer than the suburbs along the shoreline.
This intersectional peony is a hybrid of the herbaceous peony and tree peony. The tree peony has woody above ground stems that remain throughout the year, much like a small shrub. The leaves, however, are deciduous and fall each autumn. Herbaceous peonies die back to the ground each autumn.
Photo captured May 21, 2011.
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