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Name: LG
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Mieko2
Feb 1, 2020 11:30 AM CST

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Well I thought I would start a thread so we can post pix of our Peonies coming up.

Fen Dan Bai is actually showing buds!
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Paeonia tenuifolia has pips up.


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Name: Karen
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kousa
Feb 1, 2020 12:01 PM CST
How Exciting! Any sign of spring is always welcome! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Anya
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anyagoro
Feb 1, 2020 1:56 PM CST
Exciting!!!! Hurray!
Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Feb 1, 2020 2:22 PM CST

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We are far from anything resembling Spring here. Always crazy to me when you guys start posting this stuff when we have snowballs in our forecast. You must be pleased!
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Name: LG
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Mieko2
Feb 1, 2020 3:38 PM CST

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Apologies to those who are dealing with snow. I just get so excited, but as we all know, a late freeze can doom these buds.

Here is Coral Sunset coming up

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Pink Hawaiian Coral

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Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Feb 1, 2020 3:58 PM CST

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It's really deep envy I am feeling:)
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Name: Anya
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anyagoro
Feb 1, 2020 4:53 PM CST
We had a cold January, around -30C in town most of the time. I like snow, the views are gorgeous! though prefer a warmer winter Hilarious! At least we don't have late freezes, once everything thaws it does not freeze again. Enjoy spring, LG! Smiling
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ST52
Feb 1, 2020 5:38 PM CST
Tracey:I have some spring signs in my garage Rolling on the floor laughing the little TP that I grated last Oct decides to kick off .
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Name: Rj
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crawgarden
Feb 1, 2020 5:53 PM CST
Felt sort of spring like today, 37 and sunny skies, but all the buds are still under 7" of snow. Come on spring.
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Name: Annette
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Cem9165
Feb 1, 2020 7:13 PM CST
LG, thanks for starting this thread!

For those of you that still have snow, I'll be enjoying your later peony blooms when mine are over! Spring will be there for you before you know it!

I checked on my peonies this week, and manage to break off of few pips accidentally! D'Oh! We have no freezing temps in the forecast for the next 2 weeks, so I expect I'll be seeing growth from other plants as well.

Here are the Yumi plants, these leaves have survived the entire winter without protection.
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Duchess de Lorraine put out leaves that got zapped by the cold weather, and it has since put out new leaves.
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Peony pips from around the garden. Something is chewing on my Kathy's Touch pips, I'll have to spray the area with some Neem oil.
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Name: LG
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Mieko2
Feb 2, 2020 4:08 AM CST

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Anya, I really think that Peonies prefer the cold and to be frozen. Unfortunately we haven't had winters like that here in many years!

ST, your new graft is exciting! Congrats!

Annette, I think this is your normal time to start having pips emerge, right? I also have leaves on three woody peonies that have survived the winter. One did have enough chicken wire around it and the deer bit some leaves off. Grumbling

I have seen some rabbit damage on some of my azalea stems, so I need to get out and spray too.
I can't wait to see what blooms for you after the big move. It will be very interesting.
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Name: Liz Best
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LizinElizabeth
Feb 2, 2020 10:28 PM CST

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Probably 1/4 of the bagged roots in my garage have pips or growth from old wood. No worries there since they're inside BUT it's getting down to -7 Tuesday night....think I'll move a few away from the garage door!
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Name: Karen
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kousa
Feb 3, 2020 6:29 AM CST
Groundhog says early spring. But it seems CO weather is operating under a different program. Sorry Liz! I hope the arctic front will pass by quickly.

Anybody in a warmer zone struggles with winter weeds? Mine are growing leaps and bounds with the warmer than average winter. Sighing! Sighing!
Name: Annette
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Cem9165
Feb 3, 2020 8:08 AM CST
LG, I looked back at pictures from my previous garden, and I had more pips increasing in January there than I did here. Those pips needed protection, which I haven't had to do here so far.

This garden is running a month behind in pip size, which I'm thankful for. It means I'll be getting later blooms.

We definitely have rabbits here, they've been eating my clematis! I haven't seen any deer yet, but I'm told that they do live in the woods behind our home. I'm hoping that the bramble that's growing in the back of our natural area will deter them.

Liz, so sorry you're still getting such cold temp. Growing peonies, once you move to AL, will be so much easier!

Karen, I've also been pulling weeds all winter! It's annoying, I don't want them spreading around the garden. We have 2 lots on either side of us that weren't developed, and full of weeds. One of the homes has since been built and landscaped. Hopefully, they'll get started on the other soon!

Further, we have a neighbors that have not been maintaining their yard, and it's full of weeds! Our home sits downward from theirs, and we're in a wind tunnel, with the wind blowing towards us from that direction Angry !
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Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Feb 3, 2020 8:42 AM CST
I was in the garden this past week and noticed that I have pips coming up on two peonies (out of 4). I also have red leaf buds (?) on my Bartzella that I never got around to cutting back last Fall. Or are you not supposed to prune Itohs? This is all way too early for my area. I covered the pips up with leaves but is there anything else I should do? I'm very worried that we'll have a cold spell later this month. So far we've barely had a winter.

I was also out pulling weeds this weekend. These are weeds that typically don't pop up until March. My daylilies and iris are growing like crazy too. This has been the strangest winter I've ever seen. A cold November but really warm for most of December and January.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Feb 3, 2020 9:08 AM CST
It is fun to watch spring as it moves north over the continent.
I look forward to yours as it is winter here.
Name: Annette
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Cem9165
Feb 3, 2020 9:27 AM CST
Elena, if the stems have pips, don't cut them off. My Itohs do the same thing, and they're fine the entire winter.

I cut off the Itoh leaves once they go dormant, but always leave the stems, because I get pips on them every year. I prune the dead stems, above where the pips are in the spring, before they leaf out.

It seems I have a colder microclimate here. The weather report says we didn't get below freezing, but I have ice in my bird baths this morning!

Our lot slopes downward from front to back, it's definitely colder in the back, where the bird baths are.

Caroline, I look forward to seeing your spring blooms!
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Name: LG
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Mieko2
Feb 8, 2020 10:24 AM CST

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I sympathize with everyone having lots of weeds around their peonies. I'm having problems, too.

My snow has melted, and I wandered around looking at the peony beds. Here are some more that are coming up.

Rose Reverence

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Quitzen was planted Fall 2018. I'm hoping for a bloom this year.


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Tropicana

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Pink Hawaiian Coral is stretching out!

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Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
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anyagoro
Feb 8, 2020 12:29 PM CST
LG, you are having spring already! I hope your Quitzin will give you a bloom. I read it is a slow grower and mine did not have a bud last year, the first year after planting. I bought it in peonyshop and planted very late in the fall. So was happy to see it just growing.
Name: Alex
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AlexUnder
Feb 8, 2020 12:35 PM CST
Nice to see a new growth in the south, LG. There were 15-20 cm of snow in Toronto in a a few last days and more scheduled next week. Do not expect spring to kick in until second half of April as were are having occasional snowfall at the beginning of the month almost every year. So far the winter here was not too severe this year except unusually cold November - happy that I missed that part being outside of Canada.

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