Peonies forum: 2014 Tree peonies blooms have begun!

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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Mar 19, 2014 3:19 PM CST
Went away for a few days and came back to this Hurray!

Koukamon - this was put into the ground in 2012 - first bloom ever for this plant
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mid shot and whole plant
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Mar 19, 2014 3:28 PM CST
This lighter single red I have had for quite a few years. This one did not open until the end of March last year. With the warm winter, everything is ahead this year by about 2 weeks.


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Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Mar 19, 2014 3:34 PM CST
I always wanted some tree peonies but never had any luck with them. I guess I was too cheap to pay for good ones.
Name: Maria
Victoria, BC (Zone 7b)
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Pwinget
Mar 19, 2014 4:08 PM CST
The pictures are beautiful, soilsandup. What a great place to have your Koukamon, too - magical with that light. I have one incoming, but it hasn't unfurled yet. Your pic makes me glad I got it!
Name: Liz Best
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LizinElizabeth
Mar 19, 2014 4:57 PM CST
Beautiful! Keep the pictures coming!!!!
Liz
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Mar 19, 2014 5:26 PM CST
Thanks, all.

Pwinget - that particular area is under a crape myrtle tree so there is plenty of light before the tree leafs out, and it provide some shade from the summer sun as the season progresses.

For comparison, this is the front yard before I starting digging out the lawn in 2010. The incentive for that (besides the fact that I hate lawns) was that I ran out of room in the backyard, and I had 4-5 peonies to plant. I wanted especially to put the tree peonies where it will be visible and be appreciated.

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Here is a shot of that area from today. To the left of the Koukamon is an ITOH which is 3 years old, never bloomed, but I see a bud on it Hurray!

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Name: Maria
Victoria, BC (Zone 7b)
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Pwinget
Mar 20, 2014 1:52 PM CST
3 years old itoh with its first bloom - how exciting!

I think you did a remarkable job. You've made a lush refuge in what was a spare front yard. And I agree about grass. I used to love it as a kid, but as an adult, I find it difficult to maintain. And we've left it wild (but shorn) so the deer can eat it, but when the winter rain or the dry summer comes, the landscape isn't pretty.

Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Mar 29, 2014 3:16 PM CST
Thanks, Pwinget. That transformation of lawn to garden was a labor of love that took two years ( my kids helped a bit, but 95% was my own manual labor).

My second single red tree peony is blooming

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followed closely by the pink one.

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I will have to prune the pink one this year as it is getting lanky. Here is a shot from 2010 after a pruning and it is much fuller.

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Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Mar 30, 2014 12:00 PM CST
Dianne, your tree peonies are gorgeous. I don't seem to have much luck with them either. I planted a 4 year old Coral Terrace from Cricket Hill last March, and only 1 of the 4 stems is showing any growth this year, my Black Dragon Holds a Slpendid Flower ( boy that's a mouthful😁) looks decent. My Koukamon and Shimanishiki are doing fine, but Hanakisoi, Renkaku, Shimadajin, and Kinshi bit the dust Crying I just don't know what I'm doing wrong.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Mar 30, 2014 12:34 PM CST
Beautiful photographs. Smiling I have had a Taiyo for four or five years. Bloomed the first year and not since. I moved it last Fall, hoping that the new location will help maybe not this year, but next.

These are the first year blooms:
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Mar 30, 2014 1:05 PM CST
Debra - that red tree peony is a beauty! Hope it does well in the new location.

Annette - I have lost a Kinshi too - am on my second one now and I think it may survive. When I first started growing peonies, I just brought the generic no ID, but only identified by color ones at the what was then Pay Less stores. Those survived without any problems. Big Grin

That pink tree peony above is one of them. I have a white one from that same purchase that is just about to bloom. Maybe those are the ones that stood the test of time?

Black dragon holds a splendid flower is an intriguing name - can't wait to see your photo of it.



Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Mar 30, 2014 1:47 PM CST
Gorgeous Taiyo, I love the richness of the blooms Debra.

I hope my BDHASF survives, it was a gift from my DH last year, along with the Coral Terrace. I have not seen any generic tree peonies here. We do get the Itohs and herbaceous ones.

I did plant Shimanishiki (from Springhill) in the spring of 2011 in a pot, then transplanted it in the garden in the fall, I had 1 bloom in 2012, and 3 blooms it 2013. I hope to have more blooms this year. Koukamon doesn't appear to have any blooms, but it has leafed out nicely. It was also started in a pot in spring 2012, and planted in the garden in December.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Mar 30, 2014 2:17 PM CST
Shimanishiki is on my 'to get' list.
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Name: Maria
Victoria, BC (Zone 7b)
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Pwinget
Mar 30, 2014 9:03 PM CST
What beautiful photos! I have a weakness for the doubles. That pink one is fantastic. And thank you Debra for the Taiyo pic. I bought a Taiyo last year via mail-order, and it started to sprout, but then the shoots turned black. :/
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Mar 31, 2014 9:11 PM CST
I was checking my plants today, and I happy to report I see growth coming from the base of the dead stems of Shimadajin and Hanakisoi. Now it may only be growth from the graft, time will tell, and it's better to have that than nothing at all. The growth from Hanakisoi appears to have a bud.

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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Mar 31, 2014 9:43 PM CST
Glad those are coming back for you Hurray!
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Apr 1, 2014 4:29 AM CST
Thanks Dianne Smiling
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Apr 1, 2014 6:59 AM CST
Yea!
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Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Apr 1, 2014 12:01 PM CST

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Tree peony season has begun, thought not here Rolling on the floor laughing The pictures leave me in envy for 6 weeks (or more at this rate of very slow thaw) Thanks for sharing the beauty.
Tracey
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Apr 7, 2014 2:22 PM CST
The first of my ITOH bloomed. Hurray!

This is Morning Lilac
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Overview of the area - way in the back is Coral Charm peeking through
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I had originally ordered "Singing in the Rain", but they sent me the wrong one.

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