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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
Sep 3, 2016 8:40 PM CST
Hello all, know it MUST be close to fall now, got my first box of peony roots in the mail yesterday! Crazy work week so I planted them out really quickly without taking pics but they were the normal looking roots from Gilbert Wild. Got Esmeralda, Feather Top, Florence Bond, Madame Ducel, Okinawa and Peppermint.
Liz
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Sep 4, 2016 7:38 AM CST

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It's that time of year, isn't it? Sad to see another season gone but look forward to the next cycle. Are they in your newly made garden bed?
Tracey
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Sep 4, 2016 5:08 PM CST
Liz. You got yours already? Oh dear. Ours usually ship early as our ground is quite frozen before you all down south. It will be a race to dig up dahlias for storage, then dig holes for peonies.
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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
Sep 5, 2016 7:47 PM CST
I haven't put any in the new beds yet, Tracey--I'm still working on them! I want to get the edging around the ones I'll use this fall before I plant in them. Mary, GW surprised me with how early they shipped, don't think I've ever gotten any this early before. Hoping to have at least 2 beds edged by the end of this weekend, then the rest can start showing up!
Liz
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Sep 6, 2016 2:13 PM CST
The Peony Shop in Holland is shipping next week. also very early
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Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Sep 6, 2016 2:18 PM CST

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Better early than late! And frozen! Thumbs up
Tracey
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
Sep 11, 2016 5:24 AM CST
Just got notification from Swenson's that my order is in the mail; looks like I'll be planting next weekend! Got the border around 2 of the 4 new beds but they're really not ready. I wanted to add several inches of planters mix to build up the soil but I'm not comfortable planting immediately after doing so with no time for the new soil to settle--probably will be at least a 6" difference at the middle of the beds. Guess I'll just have to amend some with each planting hole and redo that bed much later. Should only need one of them for this year's acquisitions so I can get the others ready in plenty of time before they're really needed.
Liz
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Sep 11, 2016 9:48 AM CST
I am in the same boat. Roots coming and I have nothing done to prep for them. Guess I will have to finally bite the bullet and start digging up plants in some existing beds to make way.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 12, 2016 12:11 PM CST
My box came today, and D'Aoust does NOT disappoint!
Not only did Lindsay send the four that I ordered as strong roots with buds,
but she sent a beautiful surprise root for The Fawn ! It is a unique double pink with deeper pink dots on the petals !
The four are Thumbelina, May Apple, Salmon Glory and Bowl of Cream.

I am just tickled pink with these peony roots.

Now need to get out there and dig!
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Sep 12, 2016 3:03 PM CST
All beauties. I especially love May Apple. We are supposed to have one in the botanical gardens but I can't find it. Mislabeled I guess.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
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
Sep 12, 2016 6:23 PM CST
Wonderful selections, Caroline! So exciting, hope all do well for you! My box from Swenson's is expected to arrive on Thursday, guess I'll be planting on Friday! I have Frances, Green Lotus, Lovebirds, Rose Nobel and Truth coming.
Liz
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Sep 12, 2016 9:31 PM CST
Adelman's arrived. Disappointment. I ordered a P. tenuifolia Rubra that was not sent. They said it 'didn't meet their standards." Drat. It was slated for the botanical garden.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Sep 13, 2016 7:13 AM CST
That is disappointing!
I gambled on a Tenuifolia Plena which is supposed to be a red double.
Several people at the plant sale questioned me for buying " a dead plant".

When I got home I took the root out of the pot,
and it is smaller , but does have several buds.
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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Oldgardenrose
Sep 13, 2016 7:34 AM CST
The tenuifolia will generally have smaller roots than a regular herbaceous. That is why I took special precautions when digging mine.
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
Sep 13, 2016 3:32 PM CST
My two roots from Boreal Farms this year.
Petite Elegance

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Salmon Dream

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Did not clean them and not sure how nicely I could divide them. As everybody else I did not prepare planting holes in advance...
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Sep 13, 2016 4:57 PM CST

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Those look great, Alex.
Tracey
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Sep 13, 2016 5:06 PM CST
THose two are my top favorite peonies! The roots look awesome! Both of these peonies are on the short side for me just in case you don't know already. Here is what you can look forward to for PE


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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
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Sep 13, 2016 8:08 PM CST
Beautiful, Karen! Looks almost too perfect to be real!
Got notification from Klehm's that my order should be here by Friday, looking like a very busy weekend!
Liz
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Sep 14, 2016 7:01 AM CST

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That's one of my favorites too, Karen.
Tracey
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
Sep 14, 2016 2:22 PM CST
Thanks everyone. Karen, it is based on your recommendation that I got those in the first place and hope I'll get blooms as nice as yours in no time Smiling I probably will not divide as PE is rumored to be a slow grower.

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