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As a comment about Chinese Peony (Paeonia lactiflora 'Festiva Maxima'), TexasPlumeria87 wrote:

The winters can be very mild here, so I rarely see blooms.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jan 5, 2013 1:45 PM CST
Ay-yup, I can generally get one, possibly two blooms off mine, but never have had more than that. Wonder if I piled shaved ice around it through most of the winter I would get more? nodding There was a DGer out of Fort Worth who had dozens of peonies and, for some reason, his bloomed well every year. Dunno...but I keep trying.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 5, 2013 2:09 PM CST
I haven't seen blooms on mine in 3 years lol. Someone else had mentioned piling ice on peonies, so I may try that this year. I have mine growing in a container, thinking that would help it get enough chilling hours. My friend lives in Allen and hers bloom every year. I got my peonies from her and she only lives 15 mins away from me. The year before mine produced buds but they never opened. Last Spring my peony didn't bother with flowerbuds lol.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jan 5, 2013 2:32 PM CST
One of the instructions I saw for warm area peonies is to make sure there is little to no mulch around the base to help along the cold requirements.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 5, 2013 2:51 PM CST
I have a couple of in ground peonies and both are covered in several inches of leaves. Do you think I should remove the leaves?
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jan 5, 2013 4:40 PM CST
I'd try it. Don't think it will hurt them in winter. Put it back on for the summer, though, around here. Hilarious!
See what you think about this thread
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/peony/msg04211830110...
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
Houseplants Xeriscape Orchids Clematis Salvias Seed Starter
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 5, 2013 4:45 PM CST
Thanks for that link. I'll remove the leaves tomorrow. I went outside earlier and found one peony sprout.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
Image
lovemyhouse
Jan 5, 2013 7:22 PM CST
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If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
Houseplants Xeriscape Orchids Clematis Salvias Seed Starter
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 5, 2013 8:57 PM CST
I went ahead and removed the leaves. I found one peony but I couldn't find the other lol. Unfortunately the one I found decided to grow closer to the prickly pear.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
Image
lovemyhouse
Jan 5, 2013 9:41 PM CST
Blinking Ouch!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
Houseplants Xeriscape Orchids Clematis Salvias Seed Starter
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 5, 2013 10:39 PM CST
I wish I had never planted them lol.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
Image
lovemyhouse
Jan 6, 2013 4:24 AM CST
Can you bobcat them out?
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
Houseplants Xeriscape Orchids Clematis Salvias Seed Starter
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 6, 2013 6:53 AM CST
I originally had them near the lawn and when grass grew between them, I couldn't pull it out. I ended up getting a shovel and scooping it up and throwing it in random places in a couple of flowerbeds. I mistakenly put it near my peonies. I would hate to get rid of them because of their drought tolerance but I may just throw them into a compost heap lol.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
Image
lovemyhouse
Jan 6, 2013 12:08 PM CST
Will say that the flowers are lovely, but the only prickly plant I want anywhere near my yard are the roses. Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Cameron Allen
Plano, TX (Zone 8a)
Winter Sowing Birds Annuals Region: United States of America Native Plants and Wildflowers Foliage Fan
Houseplants Xeriscape Orchids Clematis Salvias Seed Starter
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TexasPlumeria87
Jan 6, 2013 1:23 PM CST
I have several prickly plants including my Euphorbia plants. I hate moving them because both are heavy and tall plants and I always manage to get spines in my hands lol.

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