For the grand finale of the wonderful series of garden paintouts this Spring (the Cummins Iris Garden in Scotts Valley, the SJ Municipal Rose Garden, tree peonies at the Kirk-Farrington House, the replica 12th Century Samurai's Garden Estate, and Jane Kwant's lovely garden), Jenny & Sylvia arranged for us to visit some Queens of the Perennial Border - herbaceous peonies. They didn't disappoint. In addition to the beautiful blooms, there were extremely shaggy llamas eager to pose for us and a distant view of Calaveras Reservoir which Kaaren captured perfectly. How perfectly? She sold her painting on the spot!
For information about Chateau CharMarron Peony Gardens and about peonies in general, see: http://www.4peonies.com/
Whoever came up with the name for this variety --- "Cherry Bomb" --- certainly knew what they were talking about! Brad