Peonies forum: Spring WILL come!

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Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
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alwaysbehindMN
Feb 22, 2014 9:23 AM CST
We had our biggest snowfall of the year yesterday... biggest drifts I've seen here. Our neighbor has plowed our driveway; I've shovelled the path to the driveway, so we're all set! I've just finished up-dating my peony list, and I can hardly wait for Spring!
I planted 16 new peonies last fall and while I know their bloom will be sparse this first year, I will be watching anxiously for those first shoots to poke through the ground. Of my old ones, p. mlokosewitschii is one of the earlier ones to emerge and to bloom.
I am including a photo of it from last year.




Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Feb 22, 2014 11:27 AM CST
Welcome to the peony forum alwaysbehindMN, that peony is just lovely! Which peonies did you plant in the fall?
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Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
Hostas Peonies Cat Lover Daylilies Garden Procrastinator Region: Minnesota
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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alwaysbehindMN
Feb 22, 2014 1:42 PM CST
I have only posted twice to All Things Plants, so I'm not sure if this is where one responds to a response!
Cem9165: "molly the witch" is one of my favorites... partly because it made me wait so long to see it bloom more than a couple blossoms! But once it really got going - worth the wait. Foilage is nice until freeze-up and the seed pods look like flowers themselves. It has never produced viable seeds but this spring I plan
to try pollinating it myself and see if I can get some fertile seeds. New purchases last fall: America, Athena, Attar of Roses, Cora Stubbs, Ed Flynn, Fancy Nancy, Gardenia, Kansas, Marietta Sisson, Mr. Ed, Mrs.FDR, Phillpe Revoire, Pink Princess, Tish, and Vivid Rose. also a 2nd Gay Paree. Tish is the one I am particularly looking forward to seeing in bloom! This is a close-up of "molly".


Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Feb 22, 2014 7:08 PM CST
Nice additions for last fall, your garden is going to be lovely. I don't think I've ever seen a picture a lovely as your "Molly". I'll have up consider that for this fall.

I added quite a few plants this past fall myself, hopefully I'll get some blooms from the newer plants. The pips are expanding here, and a few of my plants have small stems.

Annette
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Feb 23, 2014 12:32 PM CST
I bought a tiny p. mlokosewitschii last fall. It'll probably be 4-5 years before I see many blooms on mine, if it survived the winter. I was very slow to jump on the yellow bandwagon, just sounded unnatural to me--peonies are supposed to be red, white or pink! Then I started seeing pictures posted by forum members and realized how beautiful they were, HOOKED!

So Annette, I was looking back through last spring's posts and pics and saw you had Lois's Choice. Did that one flower for you last year? If so, what did you think? I'd love to hear how it does 2nd year, too! That's one I was thinking about for last fall but got Summer Glow instead, now I'm second guessing my decision......Do you also have Lemon Chiffon? Think I saw that one mentioned in the same string. If so, same questions! It looks incredible in some pictures, well worth the price, but not so great in others. Would love to hear a gardener's opinion rather than just the blurb from the seller....

We had more snow over the last few days, my poor Christmas deer are still lying frozen to the ground, I'm thinking: Spring WILL Come??????
Liz
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Birds Tropicals Hummingbirder Bulbs Region: Georgia
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Cem9165
Feb 23, 2014 4:26 PM CST
Liz, I have both Lois' Choice and Lemon Chiffon. I haven't seen either bloom. LC and Lemon Chiffon were both planted in fall of 2012. I got Lois' Choice from Brooks gardens, and Lemon Chiffon was sent to me by a gardening friend in Alaska.

Last spring we had torrential rains and a lot of flooding, which affected the area that Lemon Chiffon was planted in. I checked the tuber last week and the piece I found was too soft, I'm hoping it's not dead. Crying I planted 2 small pieces in the same spot, so when it warms up I'm going to dig up the area to see if the other piece is still there.

I have big hopes of seeing Lois' Choice bloom this year, it's sooo pretty in the pictures. I do love the yellow peonies, and also have Bartzella, Misaka, and Yumi, the latter is my avatar.
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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LizinElizabeth
Feb 23, 2014 11:06 PM CST
I managed to get Bartzella last year and have Misaka and Yumi coming this spring. Your avatar convinced me that I really needed that one, beautiful! Also ordered Strawberry Crème Brulee and Heleigh's Hallelujah to round out my Itohs. I also got Blonde Vision, Prairie Moon and Sunny Girl for non-Itoh yellows. Can't wait to see what blooms this year!

Annette, please, PLEASE post pics and comments about Lois' Choice. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that your other piece of Lemon Chiffon made it though the flooding and we'll see pics of it, too.
Liz

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