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Edmonton (Zone 3b)
May 29, 2016 11:46 PM CST
|Today I travelled down to Calgary for an orchid show, and was pointed in the direction of Rundle Wood Gardens if I had any interest in peonies.
I was greeted by the owner, Rodney, who graciously took the time to show me around and answer all my questions. He had a very extensive collection of species and species hybrid peonies including Paeonia obovata, Wittmann's Peony, Molly the Witch, Paeonia anomala, fernleafs and fernleaf hybirds, Paeonia vietchii, amongst others I'm sure I've forgotten. They were truly impressive specimens and Rodney was certainly knowledgeable about them. I'd recommend swinging by and visiting if you're ever in the area!
Unfortunately I visited after most of the plants were done flowering, but I was able to catch Paeonia obovata var. alba, Paeonia obovata var. japonica, and Paeonia wittmanniana in bloom.
Paeonia obovata var. alba
May 30, 2016 6:57 AM CST
|That's really cool, Nick! I've just become aware of some of the woodland peonies in the last few years, mine are in dry shade and are surviving and increasing slowly but aren't thriving. Did he give you lots of info about optimum growing conditions? Would be very interested in hearing what you learned!
May 30, 2016 7:36 AM CST
I have one seed of P. obovata var alba which has thrown a root!
Anxiously waiting for first leaf!
Jun 1, 2016 1:23 PM CST
|Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
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