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Apr 30, 2020 5:35 PM CST
Name: Lisa
North Carolina
I've been looking at Peony's Envy website and considering purchasing some plants. Has anyone ordered from there? Any shops especially recommended otherwise? Thanks!
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Apr 30, 2020 5:57 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I recommend Adelman peonies and Solaris Farms. I have been buying from them almost every other year since I started this hobby 8 years ago. I have received great plants that bloom the following spring with exception of a few.
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Apr 30, 2020 7:29 PM CST
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Lisa, go over to Dave's Garden Watchdog and look at the reviews for Peony's Envy there. I always check a company out there before I order.

I agree with Karen's recommendations, too.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
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Apr 30, 2020 7:42 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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This is a great place https://www.hiddenspringsflowe...

The owner is a former professor at the Univ of Mn, purchased several plants from them, never had a problem.
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Apr 30, 2020 7:53 PM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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Peony's Envy always has a vendor booth at the Philadelphia Flower Show and I started buying peonies from them four years ago. The first time, I just bought one to see how it would do. It put up nice foliage the first year and started blooming the next. Each year after that I have bought 5 or 6, so somewhere close to 20 from them now. They have all done well. The employees who work at the booth are always so nice. I haven't experienced their shipping because I get them at the show, so can't comment on it, but based on my interaction with the employees and the quality of the peonies themselves, I would bet the shipping is done well.
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Apr 30, 2020 8:35 PM CST
Connecticut (Zone 6b)
I have ordered from Adelman's and agree with Karen also. I just checked reviews on Dave's Garden Watchdog for several other places also that I have ordered from, and the reviews are spot on. Do yourself a favor and check there first. Thanks, Mieko2 for guiding us to Watchdog.
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May 1, 2020 5:13 AM CST
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Name: Tracey
Midwest (Zone 5a)
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My favorite places to buy peonies are Solaris Farms, Adelman Peony Gardens, Hidden Springs Flower Farm, Fina Gardens and Song Sparrow (probably their last year though). I have also heard very, very positive comments here about Lyndaker Farms, but haven't had the opportunity to order from them.

I like that I get nice hearty divisions, 90% of which will have at least one flower (sometimes more!) that first spring after planting. I know that if I contact them about anything at all, I will hear back from a knowledgeable person who will answer my question in a kind a respectful manner. With the above small businesses, I also know that if I am by chance sent the wrong peony cultivar, they will make it right (send you the correct replacement OR credit you if they are unable to due to lack of stock). But honestly, in all of the years I have ordered from these places, it's happened maybe twice.

But that's just me. I love freshly dug, nice sized roots shipped at the optimal planting time for my area. And knowing that I am supporting small peony farm operations with a passion for what they do. Lovey dubby
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May 1, 2020 6:29 AM CST
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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Agree with above. Solaris, Adelman's Peony Paradise and Hidden Springs are the 3 major ones I use. Gold City Flowers, A & D and Oh My Peonies are all good as well but I don't order from them every year.
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May 1, 2020 7:11 AM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Well said, Tracey! I can't express as well and you captured all that I felt. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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May 1, 2020 12:14 PM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
Cat Lover
My favorite places to order are Solaris and Adelman's Peony Paradise, but I also liked receiving roots from Fina Gardens, Gold City, Swenson, Lyndakerfarms, Broooks, Peony Shop in the Netherlands.
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May 1, 2020 4:21 PM CST
Name: Gary Ray
Ohio (Zone 6a)
If you watch the posts here, most of us post pictures of the roots we receive. You can make you own judgement. Look back at Peony Roots 2016/2017/2018/2019 etc. The pics of roots are all there.
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May 1, 2020 8:12 PM CST
Name: Lisa
North Carolina
Thank you, everyone! I will check these all out. Thank You!
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May 2, 2020 9:47 AM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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I was about to order from them, then I went back to look at the roots people posted for 2017, 2018, 2029. I decided not to order from them. So many places with very good roots. That's before I ordered from Spring Hill, Holland Bulb farms, Hollingsworth, and Michigan Bulb. I think I've paid the price of a newbie. It's not the money, it's the time I wasted.
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May 2, 2020 10:03 AM CST
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Butterflies Garden Photography Hostas Hummingbirder Peonies Region: Tennessee
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SoCal, yes it's the wasted time and effort!!! We all anticipate a certain bloom, and then you get something entirely different!! I get so exasperated!!
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
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