Peonies forum: 2012 Tree peonies have opened

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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Apr 4, 2012 12:21 AM CST
Tree peonies are traditionally the first ones to open for me here in California - several weeks before the herbaceous ones.. This single red gets morning light and is always the first to open.

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Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Apr 6, 2012 9:20 AM CST

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Very nice!! Do post more pictures as your peonies bloom. :)
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Apr 10, 2012 11:25 PM CST
Thanks, Diann.

Peonies are my all time favorite flowers. The single red one above blooms for only about a week and though people may wonder why I would plant something with such ephemeral blooms, but I think they are worth it. Next up blooming now is my double pink one. This one has a little more staying power - blooming over a 2 week period Big Grin


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Finally got a closeup that does the blooms justice Hurray!


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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 11, 2012 8:41 AM CST
Your peony pictures are an inspiration.
Please do post more as they bloom.
Mine are not even poking through the ground yet,
and blooms won't be for another two months.
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Apr 11, 2012 2:37 PM CST

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Very nice Soils! Smiling We had a major freeze here last night and Monday night and my peonies are not the happiest campers in the world. One more cold night and we'll see what happens.... Keep your pictures coming!! :)
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Apr 11, 2012 10:02 PM CST
Thanks Caroline and Diann.

Caroline - with your extended cold, I bet you have great peony plants.

Diann - we don't have freeze here, but we got a fairly big storm last night, and more rain tonight. Good thing I took that photo above before the rain - the flower heads are so large that they are quite droopy with all that rain.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 12, 2012 5:38 AM CST
Yes, Peonies do really well in Calgary, but we are a little too cold for most tree peonies.
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Apr 12, 2012 7:45 AM CST
This is a good time to have a tree peony discussion among the members growing them. I am sure there are others who would like to grow them but, like myself, have no idea of how to go about it. Usually, mixing all the different types of peonies together results in important tips and demonstrations being lost in the clutter. I love the pictures in catalogs featuring tree peonies because they are different from the regular peonies. Same thing applies to other peonies such as fern leaf and species type.
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Apr 12, 2012 12:00 PM CST
Good idea, Jerry. I enjoy your posting your experiences with the fern leaf and species type, and one of these days, I will get some of those.

One thing about tree peonies that I want to mention is that they are not easy to move. I had a gorgeous red one that was fine at the beginning where it was, but then the surrounding plants started to overshadow it. I tried to dig it up carefully, but did not realize how deep the tap root was and snapped it off. Needless to say, that tree peony did not survive. It would be interesting to know if others have successfully moved theirs. I am not about to experiment again. Whistling
Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Apr 13, 2012 7:02 PM CST

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Tree peonies are some of my favorites among all peonies! Your photos lend me inspiration. So beautiful! Thumbs up
Tracey
Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Apr 17, 2012 8:38 PM CST
Blooming in our gardens at the moment are two tree peonies, soon to be three:

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Name: Diann
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Ticker
Apr 17, 2012 8:50 PM CST

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Very nice, Larry! :)
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Apr 17, 2012 10:25 PM CST
Yes, very nice. I especially like the red one. I have been wanting another one since I killed mine.

Name: Larry Rettig
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LarryR
Apr 17, 2012 11:41 PM CST
Thanks, ladies! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Apr 25, 2012 4:37 PM CST
White one just finished blooming. This one is in the backyard so it rarely gets seen. But, I am going to try a little harder this year to see if I can root some branches since I need to trim it anyway.


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Name: doglover
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doglover
Apr 25, 2012 9:47 PM CST
Have been very busy but would like to contribute to tree peonies blooming this year. Here are some lost tagged ones I have. Many were shipped wrong.
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Apr 26, 2012 8:48 AM CST
Very nice assortment, Doglover. Don't you just hate it when plants are mislabeled?

In the 5th photo of the pink TP, is the wooden structure used for support? or is it a part of something else, and you just happen to plant the TP there?
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Apr 26, 2012 12:07 PM CST

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Very nice!! Soon I will get around to posting some of my Tree Peonies...
Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
May 5, 2012 7:31 AM CST
Hi Peony fans: I planted this Tree Peony 'Koukamon' in my daughter's garden in Salt Lake City about 3 years ago. It's in a terrible state with iron chlorsis as you will see in the picture. My question is, can I, and better still, should I move the plant after it finishes blooming, or wait until it is dormant in winter? It's otherwise growing, and obviously blooming! Each year it has shown a little bit of chlorosis, but never the whole plant , like this. We've been able to correct it with iron chelates but it keeps re-occurring. Her soil is heavy clay with contractor waste mixed in generously. We amended heavily with compost when we first planted the garden, and top-dress each spring (and whenever I am there visiting).

I planted the whole garden for my daughter and hubby when they bought the house. They are not gardeners, although they do try hard. So it will not get moved or cared for unless I do it. I'm visiting there next week, and will also be there for Christmas, so those are my two chances to move this plant.
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