2018, April From the Garden Shed
by Kathy Steel
From the Garden Shed
I have difficulty making decisions. The fewer the choices, the easier the decision. Red or white wine is relatively simple; white, milk or dark chocolate starts treading into tough territory. Deciding what to plant in the garden often results in analysis paralysis.
I need to fill in a hole in a sunny location. This new treasure should stand about three feet tall. It would be nice if it would bloom with its neighbours. Alas, after skillfully eliminating what won’t work, I’m left with scores of suitable suspects.
In a stroke of luck, it hits me – I need a peony! But which one? Woody, herbaceous, or one of those costly yet stunning in-between ones? Single, semi-double, or double flower? And what colour?
I thought it might help to visit a garden to see some inspiring specimens in bloom. A friend suggested Whistling Gardens, south of Brantford. Apparently they have some nice peonies. That was an understatement! Whistling Gardens is home to North America’s largest public peony collection, with over 1,000 varieties.
I spent the day admiring not just the vast peony collection, but acres of inspiring gardens. I was still no closer to solving my peony problem, but I had a warm feeling of satisfaction from a day well spent.
Then one day my neighbour was dividing her peony as offered me a piece. Problem solved! Now I just need to figure out how to plant and look after it.
If you too are pondering a peony, join us at the next meeting of the Flamborough Horticultural Society on Wednesday April 18 at the Parish Hall of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 715 Centre Road, Waterdown. Whistling Gardens owner Darren Heimbecker will tell us all we need to know about peonies and entice us with what’s new at Whistling Gardens.
Guests are encouraged to join us for refreshments and friendly conversation at 7:00 p.m., meeting at 7:30.
Kathy Steel is Communications Copywriter for the Flamborough Horticultural Society, which meets on the third Wednesday of the month. For details, visit our web site at http://www.gardenontario.org/site.php/flamborough, e-mail email@example.com or call 905 689-6722.(2018-04-13)