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May 31, 2015 7:12 AM CST
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Name: Liz Best
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We had our spring plant swap for the Rocky Mountain Garden Forum yesterday in Berthoud CO. The lady who hosted had recently moved in to that house and, lucky her, got a beautiful red peony, too! None of the blooms were completely open yet but it had the most intense floral rose fragrance. By that, I mean not spicy, not lemony, just intensely classic beautiful rose scented. The blooms are definitely going to be a full double when they open, looked like a fairly small bloom. Do any of you have any reds with a really, really strong rose scent?
I'm ABSOLUTELY trading her something to get a division of that peony, don't really care what the name is! But she'd like to know so I'm going to do a few searches to see if I can come up with a candidate. I've found that you can't always trust the descriptions of peonies unless they come from an actual gardener who has experience with them in their own garden, though, so I'm hoping one of you can point me in the right direction!
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May 31, 2015 4:46 PM CST
Name: Karen
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I do have a red double with a rose scent (in some years) This year the scent is not rose scented (from the same peony) I think it has something to do with the weather or humidity. I don't have a name for mine as I bought it from MB many years ago. I believe that it maybe Francois Ortegat.
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Jun 1, 2015 9:38 PM CST
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Name: Liz Best
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Thanks, Karen! I'll check that one out. The smell of the one at the swap was absolutely amazing, could smell it as you walked up to it and the blooms weren't even fully open.
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Jun 7, 2015 9:37 PM CST
Name: Annette
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Francois Ortegat is a beautiful peony! I'm really intrigued, and will have to the smell the blooms next year for the rose scent you all are describing.
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Jun 11, 2015 5:38 PM CST
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'Vivid Rose' smells very much like a rose.
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