I have only been to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton once, which is a shame because this beautiful garden is a short forty minutes drive from our home.
This past Saturday, I dragged my dear husband out into the heat to take in the RBG's Peony and Iris Festival. We arrived around 10 am and already it was hot enough to fry and egg on the pavement.
We were greeted by this wrinkly old gentleman, who was strolling through the crowd of garden lovers in search of a shady spot among the flowers.
The first beds we came across contained Siberian and Japanese irises interspersed with other perennials.
Cedar Hill Poppy (Papaver orientale)
The sunlight was dazzlingly bright, but we did manage to capture some of the most beautiful irises.
Odyssey Bearded Iris
Violet Delight Bearded Iris
Fern Fraser Bearded Iris
Gypsy Romance is a rainbow of purple and cream colors.
The peonies were amazingly beautiful. I be hard pressed to pick a favorite, although this classic pink would be a definite candidate.
Rose Queen Peony
You could easily get lost in a study of the folds and curves of its petals.
The A La Mode Peony was just as exquisite in its simplicity.
Cora Stubbs Peony
If you have a chance, I recommend a visit to the Royal Botanical Garden's Peony and Iris Festival. You won't be disappointed!