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Name: Craig
Fort Ann, NY (Zone 5a)
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stellablue
Nov 24, 2016 8:45 AM CST
Simmons Peonies is now accepting orders for spring delivery. They are offering two new herbaceous peonies which they created and never before offered: Eternal Love & Seidl's Super. Eternal Love is just about sold out!

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They are a little pricey and shipping & inspections do raise the price, but if you purchase multiple items and see the savings on other items it will justify the cost.
Here are a few seedlings they are working on for future sales:



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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Nov 24, 2016 11:25 AM CST
Oh My! Those are gorgeous! They take my breath away! Esp. the apricot color bloom of the seedling.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Nov 24, 2016 6:30 PM CST
Oh my!! Pretty peonies. But the psyto cert is $82 USD!
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Nov 24, 2016 8:36 PM CST

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It's pretty tough to swallow at that price. They are beautiful indeed though.
Tracey
Name: Craig
Fort Ann, NY (Zone 5a)
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stellablue
Nov 25, 2016 8:23 AM CST
Summer Glow:

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With the exchange rate I can get Summer Glow for $34 USD! You can't find it for under $80 Rolling my eyes.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Nov 25, 2016 8:37 AM CST
That is a good price, if there are a few more you could easily compensate for ag cert charge. I'll take a look. My Summer Glow bloomed for the first time last spring but I completely missed it, won't be making that mistake again next spring. Still irritates me--waited 3 years for it to bloom and missed it....
LizB
Name: Craig
Fort Ann, NY (Zone 5a)
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stellablue
Oct 15, 2018 7:16 PM CST
Simmons Paeonies are again accepting orders for delivery in 2019!
I have thirteen of their trees now and two herbaceous. I have always been pleased with the results and never received a mislabeled cultivar nor have any died (yet)! Combining orders with a friend does help to reduce the shipping and phyto certificate costs. These trees and herbaceous are very rare and unavailable in the USA! A great investment!
Name: Craig
Fort Ann, NY (Zone 5a)
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stellablue
Oct 15, 2018 7:31 PM CST
Here are some photos of this year's blooms:

Southern Beauty
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Carousell
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Trendy
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Spellbound
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Oct 15, 2018 7:39 PM CST
Craig, do you know if they are offering the seedlings with peach apricot blooms for sale yet?
Name: Helen
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Minyatur
Oct 15, 2018 9:50 PM CST
Apologies for the newbie question. How does the difference in northern and Southern Hemisphere season work with peonies? If you buy roots from Simmons, it's their fall but our spring.. does the peonies skip a year of dormancy and shoot right back up? Or do they stay dormant for the year you plant down until the next spring.
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Name: Craig
Fort Ann, NY (Zone 5a)
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stellablue
Oct 16, 2018 6:40 AM CST
Karen, no new herbaceous but they are bringing back trees that are rarely offered.
Helen, depending on the cultivar some will bloom around July 4th and others will be dormant until spring. The last three photos are trees which were planted around May first of this year.
Name: Sunshine
Hillsborough, NC (Zone 7b)
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SummerStorm93
Oct 16, 2018 10:02 AM CST
Arg, why are they all the way in NZ? And no responsible way to not pay that $82 fee... I wonder if my relatives there grow peonies though? I'm not really that close with the current generation, but I know my great-uncle used to be big on gardening, so maybe he'd at least be able to answer Helen's hemisphere questions a bit more. I'd be interested in the answer for a transition to my own zone, with our oppressive heat and humidity most of the year.
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Oct 16, 2018 10:12 AM CST

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Heat and humidity? I've got that here and have gotten an order from them in the past. Mine lay dormant (experience with herbaceous only) and come up the next year bold and beautiful. They do just fine settling in. Unfortunately for my pocketbook Hilarious! I saw a couple in a friend's garden over the summer, that has a couple from there on the top of my "must get" list, and no other seller but them.
Tracey
Name: Helen
Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Minyatur
Oct 16, 2018 10:45 AM CST
SummerStorm93 said:Arg, why are they all the way in NZ? And no responsible way to not pay that $82 fee... I wonder if my relatives there grow peonies though? I'm not really that close with the current generation, but I know my great-uncle used to be big on gardening, so maybe he'd at least be able to answer Helen's hemisphere questions a bit more. I'd be interested in the answer for a transition to my own zone, with our oppressive heat and humidity most of the year.


Just found an answer on their website! http://www.peony.net.nz/faqImp...

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Name: Sunshine
Hillsborough, NC (Zone 7b)
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SummerStorm93
Oct 16, 2018 11:03 AM CST
Thanks, Helen. And I appreciate the general answer, but I'm used to being more cautious with peonies than other plants because so many of them don't do as well in extreme temperatures... Like weeks on end of 100F+. That kind of heat is very standard in the summertime in my little micro-climate, so I'm a bit leery of planting in the spring, instead of giving them a chance to get water uptake systems established. Shrug!
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Oct 16, 2018 11:35 AM CST
Well Tracey, which ones does your friend have that are on the top of your list?

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Name: Craig
Fort Ann, NY (Zone 5a)
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stellablue
Oct 16, 2018 5:01 PM CST
I'm uncertain about the climate in many areas of New Zealand but I know one gentleman who grows Simmons peonies in a very warm climate in New Zealand. Once they progress through the first year, they will adapt to their new environment just like other peonies.
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Oct 16, 2018 7:55 PM CST

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I can tell you the minute I saw Spellbound, I was awestruck. my list is laying around here somewhere but I can tell you that one is on it for certain . The colors, the form everything. Loved it.
Tracey
Name: Craig
Fort Ann, NY (Zone 5a)
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stellablue
Oct 17, 2018 5:17 AM CST
Tracey, Spellbound is definitely my favorite as well! It has some magnificent color tones, especially when the morning sun touches it. It is Paul Simmons favorite and their best seller.

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Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Oct 17, 2018 12:17 PM CST

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I literally have never seen anything like it. It is the perfect name for it. And if I recall correctly, it comes from the work of Bill Seidl. Lots of their stock came from Bill's seeds, as I understand it.
Tracey

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