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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Feb 7, 2014 4:22 PM CST
Just coming out of negative temps here in Colorado, several inches of snow still on the frozen solid ground. Spring seems a LLLLOOOOONNNNGGGG way off...Anyone in warmer areas seeing sprouts of anything yet?
Liz
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Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Feb 7, 2014 10:16 PM CST
Hi Liz,

Despite our cold weather the peony pips here keep getting larger. My Koukaman is putting up a stem, and the pips are swelling on some of the plants, despite the snow and ice last week, and we continue to have a lot of nights below freezing.

Here are a few picture that I took last weekend.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Feb 8, 2014 2:08 PM CST
Have them on Festiva Maxima, Raspberry Sundae, and a NOID. Can't see the Celebrity yet because there was an invasion of weedy grass. Have a couple of kids coming next Saturday to dig it up in that bed.
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Feb 8, 2014 3:29 PM CST
That's wonderful! Almost all of mine are under a couple of inches of ice. We're supposed to have above freezing temps for the weekend so I'll be outside looking tomorrow!
Liz
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Feb 10, 2014 8:21 AM CST
Well, if we were worried about chilling time for the peonies in the south, it's no longer an issue.

We're expecting 3-7 inches of snow, sleet and ice in the next 72 hours! I hope this means my plants are going to bloom really well this year!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Feb 10, 2014 8:26 AM CST
nodding nodding nodding
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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LizinElizabeth
Feb 10, 2014 8:57 PM CST
I just hope the snow/ice/single digit temps go away before Mother's Day this year! We had 2 big snows the last 2 weeks of May last year......and still had peony blooms.....
Liz
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Feb 10, 2014 9:44 PM CST
Wow, I can't imagine snow in May. I'm glad you still had peony blooms after the late snow. With our colder weather this year, our bloom season is going to be later. I checked pictures from last year, and at this time, pips were enlarging, and my Cheddar Surprise peony was already leafing out.
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Name: Annette
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Cem9165
Feb 11, 2014 3:48 PM CST
Here a few pics of the tree peonies from today. Notice the snow present, from our ongoing "catastrophic" weather event of "historic proportions". The rest of the bad stuff is coming tonight, I hope none of the trees get damaged by falling branches.

"Black Dragon Holds a Splendid Flower"
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Coral Terrace
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Koukamon, the new stem and tree
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Feb 11, 2014 4:40 PM CST
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Feb 11, 2014 8:56 PM CST

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This pic was from mid-April last year. Colorado springs are crazy--70 degrees one day, snowing the next. At least the snow and cold weather only last a day or two that late in the season!
Liz
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Feb 11, 2014 9:25 PM CST
Very pretty Liz, I'm starting to feel like I live in zone 4b. They recently changed the zone maps, and put us in a warmer zone, they seriously need to rethink that!

I'm still glad however for the chilling time, I'm looking forward to seeing the peonies this spring.

When do you fertilize your peonies, if ever? I know some people don't. I started in February last year, I'm at a loss as to when to begin the process this year, with the crazy weather we're having.
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Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Feb 12, 2014 5:55 AM CST

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Too much snow down to see anything here. Hopefully with these below average temps they are doing okay. It seems like it will be a long time before bloom time, but really it isn't far off at all.
Tracey
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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LizinElizabeth
Feb 12, 2014 5:57 PM CST
Hi Annette, I'm one of those that doesn't fertilize peonies, or at least haven't yet! I did buy some azomite and plan to sprinkle it around as soon as most of the ice is gone and I can see bare ground! And Joannabanana's tip (in Ideas) on Epsom salt snagged my attention; I'll probably try that around some of the older plantings. We're in a newer build, added planter's mix to my planting areas before putting anything in so had lots of various composts from the start. I did notice last season that some of the plantings in the back were not looking as vibrant green as before, need to test the soil and possibly amend some, will probably top dress with compost at a minimum.

I also get to plant more this spring, have appx 30 peonies coming and probably 15 roses. Haven't tried roses since moving to this house but was a dismal failure at my last house (killed 6 David Austin roses 1st year). I have high hopes though--I've been haunting the Rose Forum and got specific advice from someone in my area. Now if I can just keep the deer away......
Liz
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Feb 12, 2014 6:31 PM CST

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The most I have ever fertilized my peonies is a top dressing of compost or composted cow manure. Peonies don't need a lot of special care and perform just fine, as long as they are planted the correct depth, given time to sleep (year 1), creep (year 2) and leap (3 years in ground to really take off) and have adequate chilling hours.
Tracey
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Feb 12, 2014 8:50 PM CST
We surely did get enough chilling hours this winter, well beyond what is normal for this area. Hoping that will make a difference in letting my three newly planted peonies become established.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Feb 16, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Dug out the Celebrities from under the weedy grasses--both have eyes. Smiling
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Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Feb 16, 2014 7:37 PM CST
Did stroll around the garden today, it was a balmy 61 degrees, thank goodness, after the nasty weather we had last week. Here are a few more pips.of all the newly planted peonies, the tubers from Fina Gardens are putting out the largest pips. Here are
Raspberry Charm, Hermione, Philippe Riviore, and Accent.

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Feb 16, 2014 9:17 PM CST
nice Smiling
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Tomato Heads Pollen collector Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Cat Lover
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Photography Seed Starter Region: Wisconsin
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magnolialover
Feb 17, 2014 8:23 AM CST

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They are looking really nice there. Still far off here in the North. But great to see signs of life in your garden!
Tracey

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