Photo of Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Queen of the Belgians')→'Demise of Queen of the Belgians' at the Peony Garden'

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Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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May 5, 2020 11:04 AM CST
In 2016 I photographed the same plant(s) that Sandra Pruden (DaylilySLP) photographed in 2011 (see the photos she posted of it on this database page). By that time (2016) the plants were under-performing, to put it mildly. Only one plant bloomed, and it produced only the bud whose photo you see here, and two stunted and deformed blooms. Some disease or pest was clearly taking a toll on them. After the 2016 blooming season, the plants were dug up and those bed sites (Bed 7, sites 1ef) were replanted with Ruth Elizabeth. As of 2019, Queen of the Belgians had not been replanted in any other bed in the Peony Garden collection. The bottom line is that a lovely heirloom peony cultivar has, for now, vanished from the collection. Consider Sandra's lovely photos of it a requiem of sorts. - Elizabeth
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