It was feared you were a goner…
Since the first year you bloomed, the lone survivor out of four boxed tree peony roots planted, it has been a love affair extraordinaire. We didn’t even know your name until years later when deductive reasoning led us to know you as Paeonia ostii ‘White Phoenix’.
…As they do now. Normally there are swollen buds holding the promise of blooms dotting your branches. Your offspring, a rooted piece that was cut away in the making of the Zen Garden shows the expected look now.
But wait! Spied just today at your base…hope is the thing with feathers, or in this case, reddish, tightly furled leaves. Life remains, though there will be no flowers on this White Phoenix for 2013. It is alive. It is all we can ask for.
Even Bartzella shows signs of sprouts, if not blooms. Paeonia Itoh ‘Bartzella’, new last spring replaces the much longed for but lost forever Molly the Witch, Paeonia mlokosewitschii that died outright within weeks of planting. Some things are not meant to be.
The tree peonies in all of their glory can be seen in this post, which has at its end links to all previous tree peony posts. Once taken for granted, these majestic shrubs showed distinct signs of distress this past extra hot and dry summer. Some were thought to have succumbed, sadly. Hatsugarasu may yet be a goner. It remains a possibility to be so, but Fuji and Bartzilla will take up the baton to join White Phoenix in our dreams.