Cricket Hill www.treepeony.com in Thomaston CT is only a short hop from Lady S in Litchfield. I went there one very sunny day to see what their Peony Festival. This famous nursery specializing in peonies is located on a suburban road in Thomaston CT. Many of the neighbors have lovely peonies in their yards too!
The seven acre property descends a hilly slope and culminates in a large pond, barely visible right, home to many loud bullfrogs. It is dotted with Chihuly-esque glass sculptures punctuating the island beds of the peonies.
The recent violent storms have played havoc with these fragile blossoms.
To cope with this, just as they do in Asia, fragile blossoms are sheltered under Japanese umbrellas.
This striking color combination is called “Straw Boats”. Perhaps the original Japanese name is more melodic for such a beauty. There is one on the website but not as pink as this called “Daoist Pills in a Jade Stone”, the pills are the pills of immortality – but you knew that didn’t you?
The umbrellas are being constantly moved as the peonies bloom and fade.
This was one of the few bushes left just reaching its peak and unharmed by the weather or anything else.
A fuzzy closeup of the flower with its smoldering heart, called flares, and blush tipped petal edges.
More glass and parasols…
My visit coincided with the beginnings of herbaceous peonies blooming. This fat lime beauty is called “Pea Green”.
Probably my favorite variety of the day’s offerings for its rich peach color, unique compact form and scattered golden stamens around a closed center.
Why not plan your own visit?
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