Monday, April 2, 2018

2018 First Peony Bloom of the Season - Red Fernleaf Hybrid

Very Early Red Fernleaf Hybrid Peony

The first peony bloom of the season finally opened to day! It was a red fernleaf hybrid peony, big surprise! This is most often the first peony to bloom in my garden. Sometimes another very early peony will open first, but not this year. The red fernleaf hybrid wins again. I took this photo around lunch time, but didn't have the chance to go out to take another photograph later in the day. There was a huge red ant working on this one, though. So I'm sure the bloom was much more open by the end of the day. What's all that yellow powder all over the peony, you ask? Pollen, and lots of it! Pine tree pollen is what creates the most mess, and my neighbors have lots of pine trees. If you live in the South, you probably know exactly what pollen season is all about. We practically swim in it for a few weeks! Here's hoping for the next rain shower to come quick!

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