Happy Days

This is one of my oldest Saunders peonies, dating from before I seriously started collecting.  The flower color blend is unique. Flowers tend to hang down and be somewhat hidden in the foliage, making it difficult to photograph them.  In the lower photo you can clearly see that the stamens are sterile staminodes, producing no pollen, so it hasn’t been of use to hybridizers. Still I think it is a worthy garden subject.

Cultivar: Happy Days
Year: 1948
Seedling No: 16420
Group: Tea Rose
Flower: Color: blend of light gold center and pink edges, small dark red flares
Form: single, two rows of petals
Blooms: Week 6
Carpels: 3-5, green
Stigmas: cream
Sheath: cream
Stamens: filaments dark red, no pollen
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: slightly more narrow than most
Height: 24″ on 10 year plant
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Few nurseries specializing in woody peonies