Peonies forum: Mr. Ed or sdlg.

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Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
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alwaysbehindMN
Jun 4, 2015 10:42 AM CST
Not an i.d. question, but would like opinions! Mr. Ed (purchased last fall so first bloom in my garden) and this pale pink seedling both bloomed this morning.
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the gorgeous Mr. Ed - very, very distinctive

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my sdlg. parentage unknown, but I think maybe Mother Nature knows what she is doing!
Is this a worthy plant or is it just like a hundred other pale pink doubles?
Right now it is growing in a mixed clump of pink, white, singles and doubles. I will get them separated this fall.
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jun 4, 2015 3:26 PM CST

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It's pretty. Is it fragrant? Does it hold color? How long does it bloom? Usually seedlings that are named are observed for years. There are a lot of peonies that resemble that one. But then there are many named peonies out in the market that to me resemble each other.
Tracey
Name: Linda
southern Minn. (Zone 4b)
Hostas Peonies Cat Lover Daylilies Garden Procrastinator Region: Minnesota
Garden Ideas: Level 1
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alwaysbehindMN
Jun 4, 2015 3:58 PM CST
Thanks, Tracey, for your comments. Right now I know 2 things about it. It's pretty. It's not fragrant. For me, 'Red Charm' is close to the perfect peony.
1. Beautiful flower with lots of flowers on the clump. 2. Forms a lush, full clump that is pretty after bloom season. 3. It is hardy and healthy. 4. Very pleasing fragrance. Regarding this seedling, I will know if this one flower holds its color this season. I will be separating it from the clump this fall; then next year, it may not even bloom. So it will be a long time before I will know what kind of a clump will develop. I am quite certain it will never approach the quality of 'Red Charm'!
But then, how many registered cultivars can do that!
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Forum moderator Hybridizer Tomato Heads Pollen collector Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Cat Lover
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Garden Photography Seed Starter Region: Wisconsin
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magnolialover
Jun 4, 2015 4:08 PM CST

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Growing things from seed is always a wonderful adventure, no matter whether you end up naming something or not. In the least you will have some unique specimens for your own gardens that are not exactly like any other specimen . 💐

cheers to great flower adventures.
Tracey

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