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Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Feb 18, 2011 7:50 PM CST
Early eyes, The larger pot has a leftover section of a noid white potted for the winter and held in an unheated garage. Brought out into the sun during our recent "spring" weather.Thumb of 2011-02-19/Oldgardenrose/918344
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Feb 18, 2011 8:02 PM CST
Fern leaf just peeking out of the soil.Thumb of 2011-02-19/Oldgardenrose/f5d3b8
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Feb 18, 2011 8:14 PM CST
Tree peony seedling from AH last fall. In a 4x4 pot so the size is exaggerated but it looks healthy and should survive.Thumb of 2011-02-19/Oldgardenrose/718ba1
Name: Chris
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goldfinch4
Feb 21, 2011 8:37 AM CST
Wow, you've got an early start! We just got 10" of snow yesterday/last night. Bummer. Just when we were starting to see bare ground.
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Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Feb 21, 2011 12:58 PM CST

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Love those early signs of Spring. After last week's warm up, I hope all my stuff stays asleep, it's much too soon to get going....
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Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Feb 21, 2011 2:37 PM CST
I am with you on that. My established peonies are still under a couple of inches of shredded cypress bark mulch. Hopefully, that will hold them back at least until the middle of March. My fernies always break thru early. Last year, I had one leafing out about an inch high then was hit with a zero temp for one night. Didn't hurt it though and it bloomed along with the others. Those are tough little buggers since they are native to some pretty harsh environments.
Name: Diann
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Ticker
Feb 23, 2011 4:14 PM CST

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I am so jealous, OGR. *sigh* I want spring really bad this year.....
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Feb 23, 2011 4:35 PM CST
I will tease you along with updated pics. I have tulips, daffs and hyacinths popping up along with fernies breaking thru the surface. Still early yet, though. I have a pic of my company van, before I retired in '08, covered with ice on the radio antenna and ladder rack. Taken on March 4 so it is not over yet. We can have hard freezes until late April.
Name: Diann
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Ticker
Feb 23, 2011 5:48 PM CST

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We have been known to have blizzards in April and sometimes snow into May. Granted, it doesn't last long, but still, enough is enough, ya know. Smiling I will be waiting anxiously for the teasers!! :)
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Feb 25, 2011 2:16 PM CST
This is the potted white carried out of the garage for some fresh air. It will probably be in and out until the night freezes are gone. Appears to be doing well in the pot but most peony lovers are aware of this is not the way to raise peonies except for possibly one season. This one will be transplanted in the fall.Thumb of 2011-02-25/Oldgardenrose/87db71
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Feb 25, 2011 2:26 PM CST
This is another double red fernleaf divided and transplanted in the fall of '09. Bloomed last year and shows good increase in eyes. I don't know if I have a 'fernie thumb' or not but I have had a very high success rate. I think most people shy away from dividing them, thinking their diminutive size makes them delicate. They are tough as nails if you handle their roots gently.Thumb of 2011-02-25/Oldgardenrose/acc3d3
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Feb 25, 2011 4:07 PM CST

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More please. :)
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 25, 2011 4:30 PM CST
Yes, ours are still under snow!
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Mar 1, 2011 1:40 PM CST
Removed the mulch from the standard peonies. We are looking at 50 to 60 degree days with possible frosty nights for awhile. They will get a chance to acclimate.Thumb of 2011-03-01/Oldgardenrose/2087f6
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Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Mar 1, 2011 1:50 PM CST
The two above pics are the most advanced of all the standard peonies. First pic may be 'Emile Debatene' bought from Lowe's so nothing is certain. The other may be a noid pink single. I did not keep records until buying from the growers.

This one is the potted noid beginning to unfurl some leaves. I could possibly have a bloom by April 1, if the weather stays warm.Thumb of 2011-03-01/Oldgardenrose/7aa378
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Mar 6, 2011 11:57 AM CST
Update. Having up and down temps.Thumb of 2011-03-06/Oldgardenrose/439b08
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Mar 6, 2011 12:03 PM CST
Not peonies but tulips & daffs showing spring progressions. For all the folks in NY & MA watching the snow falling.Thumb of 2011-03-06/Oldgardenrose/f0bdf1
Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Mar 6, 2011 3:09 PM CST

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A true sign of Spring right there! Hooray! Hurray!
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Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Mar 8, 2011 7:21 AM CST
Looking good!
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Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Mar 9, 2011 10:02 AM CST
Update for the potted lactiflora. Stems are a bit weak from lack of sunlight but should recover.Thumb of 2011-03-09/Oldgardenrose/77a030

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