A Book Full of Beautiful Peonies – From Bartzella to Yachiyo-tsubaki

Days to Spring: 10

Roses seem to get all the love as the most romantic and enduring flower, but to that we say phooey! It really is the gorgeous peony that deserves our unwavering love. They are, arguably the most beautiful flower in the world. Author Janet Eastoe seems to agree, since she just released the new book, Peonies: Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden. The book covers the storied history of the peony (Did you know that Ancient Greek mythology says that peonies were gathered from Mount Olympus and used to treat the ailments of the Gods?) before getting into cultivation techniques, and pest and disease prevention.

Peonies: Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden by Janet Eastoe.


The real treasure of this book, however, is its gorgeous photos and descriptions of over 50 peonies, from ‘Bartzella’ to ‘Yachiyo-tsubaki’. Flipping through the pages of this book is memorizing and sure to put a hole in your wallet when you find yourself needing to buy several more peonies this season.

Price: $21.99






This Week’s Spring Picks:


Days to Spring:11 – Keep a Better Garden Record with Rite in the Rain Notebooks


Rite in the Rain notebooks make tracking your garden’s progress easier.

As someone with a terrible memory for anything that’s important, I have been a terrible garden record keeper. I want to know what I planted and when, ideas for combinations or designs… Read more.


Days to Spring: 12 – Native Plants for New England – and Beyond


Native plants help to keep the local eco-system healthy.


Like many gardeners, my awareness and appreciation for native plants has greatly increased in recent years. I love discovering native plants that are well-adapted to my garden’s soil conditions and climate… Read more.


Days to Spring: 13 – This Garden Tool is a Must-Have


The Eliot Coleman designed hand tiller.

There isn’t much that Eliot Coleman doesn’t do well. He’s a farmer, author, lecturer, and arguably the father of the modern organic movement. Now add to that list inventor and garden tool innovator… Read more.

Days to Spring: 14 – Pelletized Seeds Mean Easier Sowing – and Designing


Pelletized seeds help to keep everything organized.

I have always admired gardeners who put in the effort to arrange their vegetable plots in an attractive manner. The artful arrangement of lettuce plants always gets me, but try as I might… Read more.


See the whole list.


Countdown to Spring:

Check back tomorrow for Fine Gardening’s Countdown to Spring to find out what tools, plants, books – and more! – we are excited about this season. And join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest – tell us what you are excited about this spring, too!

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