A $100 peony, anyone?

It appears that I have peonies that cost more than $100 per plant in my garden.

I like peonies, but holly cow!, that is a lot of cash for one plant yielding one flower per year and blooming for only days, sometimes only one day if a good rain storm comes through.

My friend (who knows everything there is to know about peonies) tells me that the price of these particular peonies is high, even for peonies — which are among the most pricey plants and flowers you can get your hands on, handily beating out roses, lilies, and a range of exotic flowers — because they are rare and fragile.

Peonies, generally, are great. They are beautiful flowers with amazing scents. I have a wide variety, so every year is a rediscovery of a variety of incredible fragrances. I highly recommend peonies to anyone who has doubt about the value of a garden.

Although pricey in themselves, you can actually argue that peonies are a bargain. Not only do they provide quality sights and fragrances, but, also, the size of their blooms makes a bold statement and commands attention. If you are an engineer or accountant there are other arguments for peonies: A near-zero requirement for pruning, spraying, protecting and dividing, which, as anyone who has perennials can attest to, is the a genuine pain, and, peonies are perhaps the “most” perennial of all garden perennials, with yielding decades of blooms.

Oh, here is a picture of one of the +$100 peonies, not yet fully developed and in bloom.

(c) Per Jacobsen, 2013.  All rights reserved

(c) Per Jacobsen, 2013. All rights reserved

Here is a picture of a less pricey peony, fully developed and blooming. I love the look and opulent fragrance, but, fortunately for my value-for-money demand-side, it does not stack up with the +$100 peonies when they are fully developed and in bloom.

(c) Per Jacobsen, 2013.  All rights reserved

(c) Per Jacobsen, 2013. All rights reserved

And here is another +$100 peony.

(c) Per Jacobsen, 2013.  All rights reserved

(c) Per Jacobsen, 2013. All rights reserved

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