Peonies forum: Mother Nature and Spring 2016

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Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
Apr 8, 2016 8:28 AM CST
After a few inches of snow and freezing temperatures on last weekend I thought that probably the worst is over, but no, overnight snow and more snow forecast for this weekend as well. It was a mild winter but very nasty spring so far. April is terrible.
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Apr 8, 2016 9:37 AM CST
You have my sympathy. We could also get dumped on though it looks less and less likely as the days go by. I know it would only be surficial but still depressing to see that white stuff on the ground again. I am sure yours will melt away very quickly and I am sure that the plants are growing regardless. Especially those still beneath the soil
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
Apr 8, 2016 1:33 PM CST
Thanks Mary Stella, I've started this new thread as I noticed that in Peony 2016 are over 600 messages and some of them are directly related to weather and how to deal with it :). It is not only me who is affected and surely the worst is not over yet.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Apr 8, 2016 2:19 PM CST
Alex, I think this year is going to be the worst for peonies for me. SOme of my new peonies growths had wilted due to the freeze thaw cycle that has been going on during the last 2 weeks. I think these new growths will probably be goners come this Saturday snow/freeze/wind combo. I hope the TP will be tougher than the herbaceous.
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
Apr 8, 2016 3:43 PM CST
Karen, I noticed than Yan peonies recovered somehow. Are you sure that your buds are permanently damaged? Any hope? Group hug

graycrna4u
Apr 8, 2016 6:15 PM CST
My TP have survived several spring snows and freezes.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Apr 8, 2016 6:29 PM CST
Alex, two peonies that I planted last fall have droopy stems that have not perked up yet. A few of my tree peonies have rather big buds which I don't know will make it with exposure to 9 hours of temps in the low 20's.
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
Apr 11, 2016 7:14 AM CST
Hopefully last snow of the year last night... Sighing!
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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Apr 11, 2016 8:01 AM CST

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I hope so too Alex!
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Apr 17, 2016 9:56 AM CST
No snow and no sign thereof. Low 20's at night but 70's during the day. So stuff is growing but a little slow. Or so it seems.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
Apr 17, 2016 2:04 PM CST
Wait until Liz posted her 6 inches of snow pictures! In Toronto great weather so far, peonies are fine and I'll be posting some pic in Northern Peonies 2016 in a few days. I have to chase wabbits from having my tulips for breakfast every morning:)
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Apr 17, 2016 3:29 PM CST
It just so happens I just took one to reply to a comment on Facebook so here it is! There's probably 20 peonies at least showing signs of growth in this pic, only 3 far enough along to get the pot treatment.
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Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
Apr 17, 2016 4:41 PM CST
"Pot treatment" - hilarious ! like badge of honor ...
Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
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huang049
Apr 17, 2016 6:58 PM CST
kousa said:Alex, two peonies that I planted last fall have droopy stems that have not perked up yet. A few of my tree peonies have rather big buds which I don't know will make it with exposure to 9 hours of temps in the low 20's.

Karen, almost all my TPs had been have different degrees of damaged from our crazy weather.



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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Apr 17, 2016 7:34 PM CST
I took a look at Cricket Hill Garden. They also suffered damage from the cold. I think everyone who grows tree peonies was hit one way or another. One of my newly planted herbaceous peony suffered wilting stem. Another newly planted one got blackish buds so I guess their buds were blasted by the freeze too.
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
Apr 17, 2016 7:51 PM CST
Why doesn't winter know when to stop????
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Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
Apr 17, 2016 8:22 PM CST
I wonder if any peony are more freeze-proof than other? Or it has to do with how more developed the buds are? I remember reading somewhere recommendations for northern and southern regions and I guess some doubles like Sarah Bernhardt were suggested for north and singles and semi-doubles like Miss America for south...
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Apr 18, 2016 8:36 AM CST
I have both. Sarah Bernhardt blooms like crazy while Miss America usually only has one or two blooms but they are really gorgeous. If/when it blooms it is so ephemeral looking. Fading to white with just the touch of pink and a very simple form. I promise to post pics when I get better.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
Apr 18, 2016 9:52 AM CST
Last year I visited Oshawa peony festival and Miss America was a nice clump with a lot of blooms. After that all I have to ask my daughter for one on Father's Day - luckily one of the nurseries had one.
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
May 8, 2016 5:24 PM CST
Hail in Toronto today - a few mm in diameter. Hopefully no major damages to flowers.

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