I don’t have any peonies in my garden, not because I don’t like them but because their beauty is so fleeting plus they flower at a time of year when there are likely to be many rain storms and wet bedraggled peonies just look sad.
But I do like them and love the perfume of the tree peonies so every year I visit a peony farm not far from us where I can enjoy seeing them without the worry of having them in the garden. This post is for Julie at Peonies and Poses, from the name I’m sure she loves peonies; maybe one year you could visit Julie and see this amazing place for yourself.
Below is some information about the Centro Botanico Moutan, it is well worth visiting if you are in the area of Viterbo, Lazio.
The name Moutan comes from “Mu Dan”, the Chinese name of the paeonia arborea and chosen for this Centre founded in 1993 out of a deep desire to know all the species and varieties of Chinese tree peonies in existence, find them in the remotest regions in Asia, import them to Europe and bring them together in a single place, to look after them and promote awareness and diffusion of this plant. Covering 15 hectares, the Moutan Botanic Centre is home to the world’s largest collectionof tree and herbaceous peonies (over 200,000 plants).
It includes around 600 different varieties and natural hybrids belonging to known botanical species.
The pride and joy of the entire collection, apart from rare examples of the Delavay, are adult mother plants from the Rockii species, extraordinary peonies that grow wild on the high plains in Tibet, at an altitude of over 2000 metres, withstanding extreme temperatures that drop to below -20°C. The Moutan Botanic Centre has over eighty cultivars of these particularly rare valuable shrubs.
I’m afraid that what follows is pure bloom porn as Janet from Plantalicious would say!
Click on the image below to see what 200,000 plants of peonies planted together look like.