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Jun 14, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Do Tell!

Peony Do Tell

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"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jun 14, 2021 6:05 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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I love Do Tell peony.
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Jun 14, 2021 6:12 PM CST
Name: Laurie
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Beautiful! Excellent banner, Leslie! Smiling
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Jun 14, 2021 6:15 PM CST
Name: Karen
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Wow! What a beautiful bloom! It makes a great banner.
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Jun 14, 2021 7:41 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
Very pretty, Leslie.
Perfect banner. Thumbs up
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Jun 14, 2021 9:27 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
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Beautiful!
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Jun 14, 2021 9:55 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Beautiful banner Leslie!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Jun 15, 2021 7:51 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thanks all. It always has such perfect blooms. Definitely a favorite of mine in my garden. I will post the full picture when I get home from work so you can see why it just screamed to me "make a banner." Hilarious!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jun 15, 2021 5:38 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
The whole shot then an extra just because....

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"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jun 15, 2021 5:40 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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Beautiful, I'm so glad I did order one to be delivered in fall.
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Jun 16, 2021 5:11 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Definitely Do Tell is a uniquely charming peony. Very banner worthy
I post high resolution photos (nature, travel, and other subjects) on smugmug
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Jun 16, 2021 9:16 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jun 16, 2021 10:45 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
I've tried growing peonies a few times, but they
didn't do well, and eventually "conked out". Rolling my eyes.

However, you've inspired me to try one more time. Smiling
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Jun 16, 2021 11:21 AM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Cal, I had 22 varieties bloomed this year for me. Don't cover them deeply like the instructions, expose them for the cool air.
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Jun 16, 2021 3:52 PM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
SoCalGardenNut said:Cal, I had 22 varieties bloomed this year for me. Don't cover them deeply like the instructions, expose them for the cool air.

Thanks for the tip! Smiling
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Jun 17, 2021 7:53 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
@EscondidoCal
Cal: My eyes are planted only an inch or two from the surface. Your area is drier and hotter. I guess you would want the eyes at least slightly covered to keep them from scorching? @SoCalGardenNut - do you have any problems with this? Do you keep yours well watered? We had record rains last year and into the winter and they bloomed better than ever this year, so I am wondering if I wasn't giving them quite enough water before.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jun 17, 2021 8:03 AM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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Actually I have the opposite problem, I get botrytis when it's too wet. I have to make sure they drain well here.
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Jun 17, 2021 12:06 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
I just planted this recently, I had the eyes above the ground, but it's in the shade, no scorching.

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Jun 26, 2021 5:29 AM CST
Name: Cal McGaugh
Escondido, California (Zone 10b)
SoCalGardenNut said:Cal, I had 22 varieties bloomed this year for me. Don't cover them deeply like the instructions, expose them for the cool air.

Which ones do the best for you? What mix & food do you use?

I was planning to put them under a pomegranate (morning sun, light shade in afternoon) in large pots with 1:1 loam & Miracle Grow Potting soil for good drainage to keep them watered well enough, as well as protecting them from gophers.
I use Liquinox Grow for all my plants.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Li...

And Liquinox Bloom 0-10-10.

I've narrowed it down to 2 from Breck's, but haven't ordered yet.
https://www.brecks.com/product...
https://www.brecks.com/product...

Lestv said:@EscondidoCal
Cal: My eyes are planted only an inch or two from the surface. Your area is drier and hotter. I guess you would want the eyes at least slightly covered to keep them from scorching? @SoCalGardenNut - do you have any problems with this? Do you keep yours well watered? We had record rains last year and into the winter and they bloomed better than ever this year, so I am wondering if I wasn't giving them quite enough water before.

Thanks! Sorry, I didn't see your post till today.
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Jun 26, 2021 7:34 AM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
They all did well for me if I planted them right. My best roots came from Gold City. Gilbert and Wild also send very good roots. Alderman's sent huge roots. You might try those places. So far I only ordered hostas from Breck's.

Felix Supreme did very well for me. Monsieur Jules Elie was easy for me too.

For soil, I have my own compost, perlite, a bit of regular soil, not sure which bag, and bone meal for bud production, and Azomite. No chicken manure, no cow manure, I was afraid they might produce more leaves or something.
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