JUST OVER TWO WEEKS AGO, the earlier of my species peonies got their portraits taken and a chance to show themselves off to you. Now Paeonia veitchii, from alpine meadows and steppes of northwest China and thereabouts, wants your attention. Interested?
This compact peony is sited in my garden beneath an old magnolia, with various woodlanders, and seems fairly happy, producing multiple blooms per stem over a couple of weeks. But this is hardly the equivalent of the steppes or an alpine meadow I’m offering. Read: In more sun it would be more prolific. The flowers, perhaps 2 to 3 inches across, are nodding, and though mine are magenta, the species ranges from that to paler pinks and even white.
Now that I have read up on it and its origins in an old e-newsletter from the Canadian peony specialists LaPivoinerie D’Aoust, I think I am moving my plant this fall, to a slightly sunnier spot, to get more of the good stuff. Seneca Hills sells plants, or you could go all brave and DIY and order seed from Chiltern or from PeonySeeds dot com.