Peonies forum: Fall peony activity

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Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
Hostas Peonies Cat Lover Daylilies Garden Procrastinator Region: Minnesota
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Oct 24, 2014 9:35 AM CST
I am all finished with my fall peony work! I just finished cutting down all peony foliage and hauling it away! And I dug up, divided, and replanted a group of mature self-seeded plants a few days ago, and also got all my new orders (10 cultivars) planted a couple of weeks ago. So now it's just waiting until the ground is frozen so I can mulch the newly planted ones (which I only do their first year here in Minnesota.
Thumb of 2014-10-24/alwaysbehindMN/06521e
gorgeous photo, what? Hurray! This is two of the newly moved self-seeded plants... there are 7 more beyond the forsythia (which doesn't show when I checked the preview page but did when I clicked on the photo).
The location is a former row of nanking cherry trees which were half-dead (very unsightly) and haven't had any cherries for several years. I worked very hard taking them out this past summer and I think a row of peonies in their place will be beautiful... in two or three years.
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The group of self-seeded in full bloom last summer, varying from white through shades of pink, and several flower forms. My sister and I dug them up last week, threw them in a pile. I picked out 9 big husky divisions with lots of big eyes; my sister took the rest back to North Dakota where she will plant some and give the rest away. So I have no idea what I just planted... it will be a wonderful surprise when they start to bloom. I hope one that I picked will be that pink double on the right side of the photo! I plan to give them all "garden names" - that will be fun!
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Oct 26, 2014 10:50 AM CST
Nice, Linda! I still have work waiting for me when I get home (hopefully)! Waiting for 2 more orders then my planting can be finished. Moved everything except 1 that had too much shade, have higher hopes for my Green Lotus and Halo for next year, they've been shaded by the house for the last several years. If I get the last few new ones in and Claire de Lune moved that will be everything I need to do. I don't normally cut back foliage in the fall, it's dry enough here that I've never had a mildew problem. Created a huge new bed over spring and early summer for the new plants so no hard digging left, anyway!
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oct 26, 2014 10:56 AM CST
I hope Green Lotus does well for you. I bought it this year along with some other new ones. It is in full sun.

I have a slight slope by my pond (we are talking very small little sloping area) and I planted a tree peony there thinking the drainage should be good (lilies love it) and it is in all but 7/24 sun. I have nursed it along for two years now in some less than great spots so I am hoping it will do well here. It has pips at the base of the stem which is always a good sign. I only have one other peony, a herbaceous, that refuses to bloom. It sits next to Bev who blooms her head off so I know it isn't the garden. Nor do I think it is too low in the ground. Well, perhaps next year. Bev and Mackinac Grand are my outstanding favorites for strong long stems and robust lovely blooms in great number.

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