Wednesday, June 30, 2010

St-Pierre Jardin

Magnifique Jardin St-Pierre juin 2010  Merci de me laisser visiter ce beau décor.

Photos Submitted by: Michel et Doreen for Madeleine

Monday, June 21, 2010

Festival de la pivoine

Nb visiteurs: 830
Nb fleurs exposées; 643
Nb personnes inscrites au tirage des prix de présence: 576

Provenance des fleurs exposées:
Acton Vale
Jardin botanique de Montréal
Otterburn Park
Provenance des visiteurs:
Vérone (Italie) N.B. persones en visite à Saint-Bruno
Nom des gagnants:
Catégorie arbustive: Pierre Roy, Otterburn Park
Catégorie colorée: Louise Patenaude, Otterburn Park
Catégorie Itoh: Roland Côté, ST-ANTOINE DU RICHELIEU
Catégorie odorante: Claude Quérion, Beauce,
Catégorie simple: Claire Lachapelle, Mont-Laurier
Catégorie double: Claire Lachapelle, Mont-Laurier
Catégorie blanche: Pierre Roy, Otterburn Park
Grand gagnant toutes catégories confondues: Pierre Roy, Otterburn ParK

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Canadian Hybridized Peonies

If you know of any that should be added to this list please contact me at

Adrienne Clarkson, Lactiflora, Single, Pale Yellow, Ménard 2004
Aileen Brethour, Lactiflora, Double, Soft Pink, Brethour 1935
Alice May Brethour, Lactiflora, Double, Blush Pink, Brethour 1935
Amazement, Lactiflora, Red. Brethour
Angela, Lactiflora, Double, Flesh Pink, Blacklock
Ann Berry Cousins, Herb Hybrid, Semi Double, Soft Pink, Cousins 1972
Ann Cousins, Lactiflora, Double, White, Cousins 1946
Aroha, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Blacklock
Athelstane, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brown 1938
Audrey, Lactiflora, Double, White, Blacklock

Beatrice A Cartwright, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brethour
Betty Hires, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Norton
Blanche Elie, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1934

Capitulation, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1939
Catherine Louise, Herb Hybrid, Ménard/D’Aoust
Chalice, Lactiflora, Blacklock
Chastity, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1935
Clara May Bernhardt, Lactiflora, Double, White, Kummer 1939
Col. Owens Cousins, Herb Hybrid, Double, White, Cousins 1972
Coral n Gold, Herb Hybrid, Single, Coral, Cousins/Klehm 1981
Coralba, Herb Hybrid, Single, Coral, Ménard 1996

Dieppe, Lactiflora, Double, Light Pink, Keagey 1946
Dieudonne, Lactiflora, Double, Pink & White, Brethour 1936
Dolly Varden, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Brethour 1937
Donna Jean, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Brown 1946
Douglas Brown, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brown 1952
Dunkirk, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Keagey 1946

Ecstasy, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1929
Elgin, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brown 1952
Elora, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brown 1949
Empress of Britain, Lactiflora, Double, White, Norton 1931
Etched Salmon, Herb Hybrid, Double, Pink, Cousins/Klehm 1981
Etienne Brule, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1934
Eva Gauthier, Lactiflora, Japanese, Norton 1927

Fairleigh, Lactiflora, Double, Blush Pink, Brown 1938

Faith Fenton, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brethour

Falaise, Lactiflora, Keagey

Fascination, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1936

Fidelity, Lactiflora, Double, White, Blacklock

Glowing Raspberry Rose, Herb Hybrid, Double, Raspberry, Cousins 1981

Grace Adams, Lactiflora, Single, Blacklock

Harry A. Norton, Lactiflora, Double, Crimson, Norton 1939

Henriette Clarke, Lactiflora, Double, White, MacDonald 1948

Hidden Blushers, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1939

Hidden Blushes, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1939

Illustrious, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brown 1952

In Memoriam, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brethour 1923

Irene May Gilbert, Herb Hybrid, Pink, Gilbert

Ivory White Saucer, Herb Hybrid, Single, White, Cousins/Klehm 1981

Janice Smith, Lactiflora, Double, Rose Pink, Brown 1952

Jean Ericksen, Lactiflora, Japanese, Deep Red, Ericksen 1999

Josette, Lactiflora, Single, White or Pink to Whtie, Brethour 1937

Joyce, Lactiflora, Blacklock

La Canadienne, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1936

Lady Byng, Lactiflora, Japanese, Norton 1926

Lady Eleanor, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Rolfe

Lady of the Snows, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1938

Lady Rolfe, Lactiflora, Pink, Rolfe

Lalla Roohk, Lactiflora, Brethour

Lancaster, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brown 1952

Late Loveliness, Lactiflora, Blacklock

Linda K Jack, Lactiflora, Double, Deep Red, Jack 1970

Lizbeth, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Blacklock

Louise Lossing, Lactiflora, Double, White, Lossing 1943

Lovely Andrea, Lactiflora, Japanese, White, Ménard 1996

Madame Edna Power, Herb Hybrid, Single, Soft White to Pale Yellow, Simkins 2000

Margaret Logie, Lactiflora, Single to Semi Double, Pink, Keagey

Mary Pratte, Herb Hybrid, Ménard

Maryan, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brown bef. 1938

Milton Jack, Lactiflora, Double, Deep Rose Red, Jack

Mimi, Lactiflora, Japanese, Clear Medium Pink, Jack

Moosenee, Lactiflora, Pink, Brethour

Mrs. A.O. Norton, Lactiflora, Double, White, Norton 1928

Mrs. Alice Brethour, Lactiflora, Brethour

Mrs. Harry A. Norton, Lactiflora, Semi Double, Red, Norton 1939

Mrs. Jean Ericksen (“Jean Ericksen”), Lactiflora, Japanese, Deep Red, Ericksen 1999

Mrs. Lawrence, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Rolfe

Peep ‘O’ Day, Lactiflora, Single, Pinkish White, Blacklock

Polly Prim, Lactiflora, Double, Pale Pink, Blacklock 1944

Princess Margaret Rose, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Brethour 1938

Prosperity Maud, Herb Hybrid, Single, Apricot, Ménard/D’Aoust 2003

Raspberry Glow, Herb Hybrid, Double, Red, Cousins/Klehm

Red Wonder, Itoh Hybrid, Japanese, Fuschia, Ménard 2000

Rosaurea, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Brown 1952

Rose Bowl, Lactiflora, Single, Light Pink, Keagey 1946

Ruth Lockie, Lactiflora, Double, Dark Pink, Kummer 1941

S.F. Wood, Lactiflora, Double, White, Wood 1948

Shannon, Lactiflora, Double, Medium Dark Pink, Brown 1952

Sherbrook Record, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Norton 1924

Shirine (‘Shrine’), Lactiflora, Double, Blush, Brethour 1936

Single Bliss, Lactiflora, Single, Pink, Blacklock

Soft Salmon Saucer, Herb Hybrid, Single, Soft Salmon Pink, Cousins/Klehm 1981

Subtlety, Herb Hybrid, Single, Light yellow fades to white, Ménard 1996

Susie Smith, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Brown 1950

Symphony, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brethour 1928

Thisbe, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brethour 1943

Vimy Ridge, Lactiflora, Double, Bright Pink, Brethour 1937
Vivid Glow, Herb Hybrid, Single, Salmon, Cousins 1986

WE Macoun (‘William T. (WT) Macoun’), Lactiflora, Single, Red, Blacklock

White Bomber, Lactiflora, Double, White, Keagey

White Cockade, Lactiflora, Single, White, Keagey 1946

Whilliam, Herb Hybrid, Cousins 1968

Willow Love, Lactiflora, Dunbar

Friday, June 18, 2010

Renkaku "Flight of Cranes"

Renkaku, Japanese Tree Peony, aka Flight of Cranes - approximately 10 - 15 years old now, and is about 4 and half feet high and 3 and half feet wide; more flowers (each about 8 inches in diameter) every year and one of my friends commented the flowers dont look real, but look like those delicate tissue paper flowers we used to make as kids; also the buds are really large and quite lovely before they come out into full bloom; cut flower lasts a few days if cut stem short about 2 inches below the actual flower and water replenished daily as is quite thirsty; it is planted under a large tree in my white garden and it gets a mix of sun and shade; I only give it some manure and cover base with the usual wood chip mulch every couple of years, so quite hardy, as I dont have time for fussy plants; as my home is on the waterfront trail, I often have people take pics of it and leave me prints; a lot of people dont know what it is, as tree peonies are not as well known as herbaceous peonies, but when they ask and I explain about it, many ask where to buy them - too bad they are not more well known and available, as they provide a showstopper of blooms and are invariably at their best 3-5 days before a big rain storm!

Photo and write up submitted by M Hedge

Monday, June 14, 2010

de Jardin 13 Juin

la visite de jardin le 13 juin as été un franc succes ici sur la photo
une partie du comité de st-bruno le festival c'est pour la prochaine
fin de semaine le 19 et 20 juin

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Annual General Meeting and Flower Show 2010

by Margaret Sequeira

I have never attended one of our AGM’s, and after serious thought decided it was time. By the end of the weekend I did not regret my decision.

Day 1: As we put our overnight bags into the car Saturday morning I was a little apprehensive about the weather. It was overcast and they were saying the weekend would be a wash out. On our drive to Oshawa the skies were gray and it poured on and off. Upon arriving in Oshawa we decided to check in at the Best Western first, get our bearings and see if by chance we could get into our room early. The motel was very accommodating and allowed us to check in and the front desk gave us easy directions to OVBG. We drove to the Flower Show with another torrential downpour thinking that this show was going to be a washout.

            Photo: Heidi
Pulling up to the front gate, parking was to capacity and we had to park down the road. Good thing we brought two umbrellas. We walked into the grounds to find hundreds of people viewing what was left of blooms and taking pictures, yes, taking pictures in the rain. (Me included) Hubby made a great rain catcher standing over me with the umbrella while I took over 200 photographs of blooms.
We were to man the CPS booth from 2 to 4pm and I wanted to take in every bit of the grounds before then. There were several booths located around the peony beds filled with artisans selling painted floral’s, including peonies, a man who created metal flowers for $60.00 and a horse out of metal going
for $6,000.00, this man also did all the iron work at OVBG(railings on bridge, obelisk in center of peony garden, front entrance), the Oshawa Camera Club with photo’s of peonies and examples of photo’s taken by the club for competition. Beside the CPS booth was the Master Gardener’s and across the way was an information booth. Overall the OVBG was very well set up and extremely busy despite the weather.

Inside the Flower Show was being judged and people were anxiously awaiting the moment when all could be viewed. At 1:00om the doors opened and hundreds poured in to view the blooms and take even more photographs, ask questions and attend the lectures ongoing throughout the day. I found one of our members taking care of a beautiful Ikebana display featuring peonies and stopped to chat and find out more about the AGM that would be happening later.

The current Board has never actually met each other and Blaine decided to have an impromptu Board meeting and this went on during the time I was supposed to be in the booth. Hubby however manned it with another member and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Sharon Yu and Hubby chatted with many passersby, sold cut peony blooms and gave out pamphlets.

The meeting and dinner were a blast. Our president (Blaine) had everyone do a quick introduction of themselves and where they had come from. We got down to business and then the hotel cleared the chairs away to make ready for the next event, dinner. We had a beautiful 3 course meal. First a luscious salad of romaine and spinach topped with sliced strawberries, roasted pecans and a strawberry vinaigrette, 2nd course was a sumptuous plate of roasted potatoes & mixed veggies with a chicken breast stuffed with mushrooms and sauce, our final course was to die for; a layer of delicate custard topped with fresh whipped cream and fresh blueberries and raspberries and 2 triangular puff  pastries on either side of the dish.
After the plates were cleared we set out to make a bit of money for the Society by holding an auction. Ken Brown was the official auctioneer selling 12 roots, 3 peony prints, an 3 seed lots with several packets of seeds in each lot. The icing on the cake was the sale of "Lemon Chiffon" with a reserved bid of $175.00.
After all the excitement of day 1 it was time to go to our rooms and get some rest before packing and getting ready for the final day.

Day 2: We awoke around 8:30am, cleaned up, packed our overnight bags and headed down to the breakfast room to grab a quick bite and prepare for the day. In the breakfast room we caught up with a few members before heading back to OVBG.

We arrived at OVBG around 10:30am and I started taking some pictures of blooms I hadn’t gotten to the day before. Today we seemed to be in luck with the weather, no rain. This should mean just as busy or busier than yesterday. We toured the grounds on the other side of the bridge and took a few more photos. On our way back to the booth we spoke with some of the vendors, finding out a bit more about the photography club and getting some insight on the metal work.

Ron Adams and Bill Wegman were manning the booth this morning and we popped in to see how they were doing. As always, if we can talk about one of our passions were ecstatic. Hubby and I stayed around in case they wanted to go or see something and wound up covering the booth for the afternoon. Bill and Ron both wanted to catch one of the speakers and took the opportunity. (They thoroughly enjoyed the talk.) Hubby and I spoke with many visitors, gave some of the volunteer staff an impromptu lesson on where the seeds are on peonies, sold seeds, cut flowers and gave smiles for free. At the end of the fun filled day we helped pack up the booth and said our goodbyes.

Overall, all I can say is if you have never volunteered for something like this I highly recommend it. You can learn a lot from listening to other members, pick up some tips, and have a great time meeting people and other members. We hope to see you at the next AGM.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Peonies may flop, but they don't ask for much


There's something ridiculous about peonies. Those big busty blooms. The chicken leg stems. And the way the plants collapse — like exhausted showgirls after a Las Vegas show — the moment it rains.

Even so, I'm a fan. They are the Dolly Parton's of the garden — a bit too flashy and over the top, yet undeniably fascinating. In fact, every spring, when their weird gobstopper buds start forming, I can't wait for the parade.

And parade my Dolly's do — like clockwork. I have 10 massive clumps which grow in poor dry soil on a slope exposed to winds. They wound up there after I threw a party and asked friends to bring plenty of vino — plus any peonies they didn't want. Boy, I sure got them. The root balls of these tough-as-old-boots heirloom varieties were enormous and practically gave me a hernia. But now, they churn out blooms the size of dinner plates— and in such huge numbers, I'm continually amazed. Their only requirement seems to be lots of sun and good drainage.

Even better, peonies don't whine about our winters. By contrast, roses — the only flowers that I think come close in sheer beauty to the perfection of a peony bloom — can be much more finicky.

Peonies' drawback is, of course, that they flop. (And believe me, folks, they're all prone to do this, even new, single-flowered varieties and “tree” kinds, which some people insist are more upstanding.) But if rain is forecast, I just grab the pruners and rush around like crazy, chopping the gigantic blooms off, because peonies are surely the world's most elegant cut flowers. They may not last long — their petals drop annoyingly quickly after coming indoors — but who cares?

For a few glorious days during peony season, my humble abode out in the boonies looks quite Martha Stewartish.

Hot Tip
Want to stop the flop? Garden centres sell cages to prop top-heavy peonies up, but they're usually pricey. Try, instead, this cheap tip I picked up from a frugal farmer neighbour. (In rural southern Ontario, peonies are a tradition. Just about every old brick farmhouse has a clump somewhere outside.) Sink three strong wooden stakes in a triangular shape around the clump. Then cut a piece of wide gauge chicken wire in a slightly larger triangle and position this over the tops of the stakes. Twist cut ends of wire around the stakes for firmness. Do it early in the season. Admittedly, Martha wouldn't approve, but peony foliage, which is thick and plentiful, soon shoots up through the holes in the wire and covers this ugly contraption completely.

Dig this
Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens Peony Festival

The peonies won't, alas, be looking great this year (many bloomed too early, because of the unseasonably hot weather), but go anyway, because the Canadian Peony Society is holding its annual show in an adjacent building. That means lots to see indoors, plus speakers and demonstrations.

“Members have been keeping cut peonies in their fridges,” says spokesperson Ken Brown. “We expect to have about 1,000 blooms on display.”

This Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 155 Arena St., Oshawa. Admission free. Indoor peony show opens at 1 p.m.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Des pivoines plein la tête!

Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, le 7 juin 2010 – Les 19 et 20 juin, la Ville de Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville invite cordialement les citoyens à participer au Festival de la pivoine, qui se tiendra les 19 et 20 juin prochain, au parc Marie-Victorin.

Cette exposition a pour but de mieux faire connaître la pivoine aux amateurs et au public, en permettant notamment aux Montarvilloises et Montarvillois de partager la beauté de leurs fleurs. En effet, les citoyens sont invités à venir exposer leurs pivoines, qui feront l’objet d’un vote populaire.

Organisée par un comité composé de membres de la Société canadienne de la pivoine, de la Société d’horticulture et d’écologie de Saint-Bruno et d’employés de la Ville, l’exposition accordera également une meilleure visibilité aux producteurs de pivoine québécois, souvent méconnus.

Au programme, de nombreuses activités pour les amateurs de pivoines et de fleurs!

Programmation – Samedi 19 juin
Le samedi, entre 9 h et 12 h, les citoyens intéressés à exposer leurs pivoines pourront s’enregistrer auprès des représentants de la Société canadienne de la pivoine.

L’exposition sera ouverte de 13 h à 17 h, où les visiteurs se verront remettre bulletin de vote et crayons pour choisir leur pivoine coup de cœur dans chacune des 7 catégories suivantes : pivoines blanches, colorées, simples, doubles, arbustives, Itoh et odorantes.

En plus de l’exposition, plusieurs autres activités sont prévues de 13 h à 17 h. Les citoyens pourront :
  • Participer à des ateliers de semis, de division des plantes et de pivoines botaniques, présentés par la Société canadienne de la pivoine;
  • Acheter des plants de pivoines de producteurs pépiniéristes : Ferme Florale / Botanix, Pépinière Auclair, Jardins Osiris, Printemps-Vivace et Planteck biotechnologies;
  • Se régaler des produits dérivés de la pivoine, dont du vinaigre, de la crème et de la gelée, de Pivoines Capano;
  • Déguster des vins du vignoble Kobloth;
  • Se restaurer au resto-terrasse de La Tasse Verte
  • Admirer l’œuvre d’artistes-peintres;
  • Et visiter plusieurs kiosques d’information!

À 14 h, les pivoines exposées par les Montarvillioses et Montarvillois inspireront monsieur Rock Giguère, jardinier, qui fera une présentation spontanée à leur sujet.

Programmation – Dimanche 20 juin
Le dimanche 20 juin, de 10 h à 16 h, toutes les activités de la programmation du samedi seront de retour, afin de permettre aux citoyens de voir et de participer au plus grand nombre possible!
À 14 h, c’est la fermeture des votes, et monsieur Serge Fafard en profitera pour prendre le micro et faire une nouvelle présentation spontanée sur les pivoines exposées.

Le moment tant attendu du dévoilement des gagnants aura lieu de 15 h à 16 h, et il sera suivi du mot des dignitaires et de tirages de prix de participation, dont le premier prix sera un plant de pivoine Bartzella et un ensemble de trois bouteilles du vin de la Ville de Saint-Bruno pour commémorer le 300e anniversaire de la seigneurie de Montarville.

« C’est un honneur pour la Ville de Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville de recevoir un tel festival, qui, il va sans dire, cadre avec notre tradition florale. C’est un rendez-vous! », de dire monsieur Claude Benjamin, maire de Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville.

Merci à nos partenaires
Le comité organisateur remercie ses partenaires; la Ville de Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, la Société canadienne de la pivoine, la Société d’horticulture et d’écologie de Saint-Bruno, la Société d’histoire de Montarville et la chambre de commerce du Mont-Saint-Bruno. Le comité tient également à remercier la Chocolaterie Heyez, Rock Giguère et Serge Fafard pour leur participation.

Source : Service des communications
             Ville de Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
             450 645-2990   

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

La Pivoinerie D'Aoust

Compiled by Margaret Sequeira
Taken from The Peony - C to C Vol 2 Issue 1 Feb 1999 ; Vol 2 Issue 3 Aug 1999 written by L D'Aoust
Vol 11 Issue 1 Mar 2008 written by R Jakubowski

Lindsay D'Aoust is an electrical engineer by training, An avid collector of gardening books with several about peonies in her collection.
I'm now hard at work creating my niche in the ornamental horticulture industry.  My company, La Pivoinerie D'Aoust was started in 1996 when I left my downtown Montreal job and we purchased a small piece of farmland in the western corner of Quebec.
La pivoinerie (translation - a place where peonies are grown) is a small nursery growing about 75 varieties of peonies.  I have three great field hands; daughter Julie, Max the Westie and Rosie the lab.  When not in the field with my peonies, I help out with the computer program at Julie's school or work on my horticulture courses from the University of Guelph.

Hybridized by Maurice Ménard  and registered by Lindsay D'Aoust
Mary Pratte - Ménard/D'Aoust 2007
Selected by M. Ménard for registration before his death in 2002.
very sturdy, single flowered peony with dense,
glossy clear green foliage and mid pink blooms 15cm in size.
It is however an advanced generation hybrid, likely F3 or F4. 
Blooms at approximately same time as 'Red Charm'.

George Vorauer  - Ménard/D'Aoust 2007
 tall plant with dark red 10cm flowers, trouble free cutlivar with dark stems and foliage,
Mid-pink disc (series of bumps or projections surrounding base of carpels) is very prominent.
The pod parent is a seedling of 'Karl Rosenfield'.
This peony was named to honour George Vorauer, long a key advocate to preserve
and restore the historic peony collection at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. 

Catherine Louise -  Ménard/D'Aoust 2005
Selected by M. Ménard for registration before his death in 2002.
tall self standing, single flowered peony with perfectly rounded petals which open blush
and fade to waxy white with time.  Deep pink/red stigmas and filaments form a tightly packed
centre.  Petioles and stems are almost uniformly deep red and set off waxy white flowers.
Cultivar has consistently shown excellent fall foliage colour.
Named for his grand-daughter Catherine Louise Ménard.

Plants bloom at approximately same time as 'Red Charm suggesting a hybrid background.
Cultivars are seedlings from the collection of Québec peony breeder Maurice Ménard
Like most of his selections exact parentage in unclear.