Peonies forum: Hollingsworth Peonies

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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Nov 7, 2016 5:22 PM CST
Just planted the Garden Treasure peonies I won in the NARR! I have to say that, compared to the ones I purchased elsewhere, these roots were extraordinary. They look like the picture I've seen of bare root peonies. They were packed very well in a large amount of peat, and seem very, very healthy.

As I've posted before, Coby at Hollingsworth is very knowledgable and very helpful. It was a pleasure talking with him, and he was a huge help in my decision-making process and in planting too. Now, all I have to do is wait!
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AKA Joey.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
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LizinElizabeth
Nov 7, 2016 9:52 PM CST
I got Garden Treasure from Hollingsworths 3 years ago. As a matter of fact, I ordered so much from them that year that they included a 2nd Garden Treasure as a bonus plant! I decided to share that 2nd root since I have a friend that absolutely LOVES yellow flowers...I examined the roots, both were very healthy and vigorous but one was a bit larger with more eyes so, greedy me, I kept that one. Wouldn't you know her plant bloomed very first spring and mine didn't???!!!! Mine did put out a single bloom the 2nd spring and this year, hers is significantly more mature with 3-4 blooms this spring. Karma for keeping the nicer looking root, huh??
LizB
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
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joannakat
Nov 7, 2016 9:57 PM CST
LizinElizabeth said:I got Garden Treasure from Hollingsworths 3 years ago. As a matter of fact, I ordered so much from them that year that they included a 2nd Garden Treasure as a bonus plant! I decided to share that 2nd root since I have a friend that absolutely LOVES yellow flowers...I examined the roots, both were very healthy and vigorous but one was a bit larger with more eyes so, greedy me, I kept that one. Wouldn't you know her plant bloomed very first spring and mine didn't???!!!! Mine did put out a single bloom the 2nd spring and this year, hers is significantly more mature with 3-4 blooms this spring. Karma for keeping the nicer looking root, huh??


Well, if you call THAT greedy, what do you call it when someone keeps both of them for herself? *Blush*
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
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LizinElizabeth
Nov 7, 2016 9:58 PM CST
Smart!!!!!
LizB
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Nov 7, 2016 10:04 PM CST
LizinElizabeth said:Smart!!!!!


Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Nov 8, 2016 6:59 AM CST
Congrats on your beautiful win! GT is a keeper. You will love it.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Nov 8, 2016 9:11 AM CST
I love my GT but it is in a really poor spot. I am thinking of moving it in the spring. I know it isn't ideal but I really want to get the move over with. It has been in the same spot for four years or so and always has several very large blooms. It only gets sun during the late afternoon. I am thinking of putting it in the middle of the new enlarged bed out front where it would get sun almost 7/24 in the summer. To the left is Lemon Chiffon and to the right two Border Charm (I had to dig it up and split it into six roots. Gave two to the botanical garden, and planted the others). So the large bed would have all yellow peonies that look very similar. Not sure that is too good other than they Bloom at different times. LC goes first, followed by BC, then GT. The rest of the bed in the midground would be filled in each year with dahlias and poppies (large purple or lavender poppyseed) and behind that are lilies, iris, and a few hosta. I am really concerned that the dahlias will overshadow the stuff behind. Guess if I plant them sparingly then the others could be seen. decisions decisions - and it isn't even December yet. D'Oh!
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Nov 8, 2016 9:27 AM CST
It sounds beautiful, Mary! I love the progression of yellow blooms that you have planned for your bed. I don't grow GT. Do you know if GT makes good cut flowers?
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Nov 8, 2016 10:12 AM CST
Mary Stella, that sounds wonderful! If you move Garden Treasure early enough in the Spring, before it breaks dormancy it may go on and bloom for you!

Crossing Fingers!
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Nov 11, 2016 9:57 AM CST
Hope so Mieko. Don't know Karen. Guess you could look it up. I will try. It produces very large (almost as big as my hand minus a few of the longer knuckles. Rolling on the floor laughing ) blooms.

I have room right in the front center of the bed for it. It doesn't seem to grow very tall. Not like say Bev or Mackinac Grand. Don't know if that is by nature or just because it doesn't get as much sun as it could out front. It is only two feet to the left of MG though so it can't be too deprived. Just short.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
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LizinElizabeth
Nov 11, 2016 11:04 AM CST
The flowers are certainly pretty enough to make good cut flowers but the stems don't seem to be very long, at least not on my (not fully mature) plant. They last at least 5-7 days outside, would think it'd be longer inside.
LizB
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Nov 14, 2016 10:27 AM CST
I agree with Liz. The stems seem short but it really seems like my blooms last longer than 5-7 days. Could be our cooler weather?
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
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LizinElizabeth
Nov 14, 2016 11:17 PM CST
Mine's pretty immature, no side buds at all yet, and it does get hot here pretty quickly and have pretty strong winds. Wouldn't be surprised if your cooler weather makes the flowers last longer, Mary. I normally cut a lot of peonies to bring inside, not so much this year since I was away so much. I'll try it this spring and see how well they last.
LizB
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Nov 15, 2016 11:35 AM CST
I may try cutting some next year. As it is I just don't have that many plants and figure they last longer outside. I walk the 'front and back 40' daily so I get to enjoy them as much as if they were inside. Unless we have heavy rain they do just fine.

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