I realize that I recently wrote about our Peony ‘Snow Swan’, but now that it is coming into full bloom I felt compelled to do a little brag post with more pictures. Also I have a few more bits of information to share about this Peony cultivar.
As I think was already mentioned, this is ‘Snow Swan’s’ best year ever. Sitting on a sunny corner of the Parkway Bed, it is a favorite with passing dogwalkers and parents with young children. Some people, including Judy, claim it is mildly fragrant. But I myself cannot detect any scent.
This is actually two plants. The one facing west starts blooming first.
‘Snow Swan’ was developed by Song Sparrow Nursery in Wisconsin. Sadly, they went out of business last year. I don’t know of any retailers who are selling it these days.
This year I realized that Yellow Wild Indigo (Baptisia sphaerocarpa) makes a nice companion for ‘Snow Swan’. The yellow flowers nicely complement the golden centers of the Peony. The Baptisia was an impulse purchase and I planted it too close to ‘Snow Swan’, which may create problems in the future. But for now I like how these two look together.
For me this Peony’s simple, creamy-white blooms with golden centers are irresistible. With Song Sparrow out of business, I hope it doesn’t disappear from the marketplace. Regardless, it will continue to be my favorite Peony.
Oh my goodness! I now know the name of my favorite peony. In fact, it is the only one I permit in my garden now. Mine is growing with our native Columbine thanks to rampant seeding of the latter.
I wish our native Columbine would self-sow rampantly. Instead it does so very rarely.
It is a beauty. I like the huge center and the clear white.
It’s truly a splendid specimen and I love your pairing with the baptisia!
It makes me smile. Not only is it beautiful, but it makes me think of the eggs sunny side up I had this morning for breakfast!
Yes, I was about to say the same, like matilija poppy, the fried egg poppy.
Is there an over medium poppy?
I can scramble them with the tiller.
Thanks, though I like my eggs best over medium.
Gorgeous! Lots to brag about.
Thanks – I thought so.
I am beginning to wonder how many accidents you cause as drivers do a double-take and veer off onto the curb. One of them would be me. Those are glorious!
Speed limit is just 25 mph on our street, so that should keep the accidents down.
That’s a happy peony! And a beautiful one too!
I like to think so.
That is one gorgeous peony ! And what a beautiful match with that baptisia .. I swear our subconscious directs some of our plantings because such happy accidents can’t always be accidents !
I am waiting for my one and only peony (now) .. Green Lotus .. I have lots of buds but the true test is how well they open and how well I can take photos of the flowers. We have been so dry here it has been hard on the plants. Rain is forecasted for tonight and most of tomorrow so I hope it doesn’t beat down the buds too much.
In any case .. this is a well deserved brag posting Jason !
The subconscious is as good an explanation as any.
I agree, this is a stunning peony, and planting it near the footpath gives everyone a chance to look at it, and maybe inspires future gardeners. The Yellow Wild Indigo looks very comfortable next to the Snow Swan.
We really have gotten a huge number of compliments from passersby.
I’m not surprised!
You know I love peonies, Jason, and yours certainly adds to the list of beauties. Thanks for sharing. Stay well.
Brag away, it is gorgeous, no wonder you are so proud of it! Lucky neighbours!
One of those lucky neighbors just helped themselves to a cutting. Don’t mind so much, but would prefer to be asked.
Gorgeous! Mine have just started blooming. They don’t last long, but they are one of the real treats of spring.
What a glorious spread of white and yellow! Reminds me a bit of a poppy, albeit a flashy one.
Yes, it is sort of poppy-like.
It is a real beauty, it is worth bragging about. I prefer the open peonys. Amelia
Agreed. I find the doubles less appealing.
I would brag also. (I have not tried peonies here yet. Chill is barely sufficient.)
Another reason I can’t move to CA.
Well, . . . I will not comment on the many other reasons.
It really is a beauty Jason. You have good reason to show it off!
The peony is gorgeous; the simple yellow and white color scheme reminds me of our Macartney Rose (invasive) and the white prickly poppy (native). It’s interesting to see another of our natives in your garden. In mid-to-late spring, the yellow wild indigo fills our pastures, together with Baptisia bracteata.
I’ve seen the prickly poppy on the west coast – very attractive.
It’s a lovely, fresh looking peony – reminds me very much of fried eggs in your final photo!
There should be a companion plant that smells like bacon.
I have one that looks just like that. Not sure I ever knew its name. Lovely plant!
It certainly is!
Oh, how she deserves a brag post. Utterly ethereal. How dare anyone help themselves to a cutting.xxx
I was surprised but not too surprised, if that makes sense.