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Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Apr 10, 2017 7:45 PM CST
It's that time of year again when the Itoh peonies are bursting forth with blooms.

Please share your beauties here, as we start off with blooms in the south, moving into the north.

I have several Itohs blooming this week, including one of my faves I. Yumi.


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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Apr 10, 2017 8:41 PM CST
One of my favorites as well, Annette! I divided mine last fall, don't know what it'll do this year. My husband's uncle discovered yellow peonies and was so excited, then depressed when he saw the price, that I had to make him happy again. Hopefully I created some good karma and both will bloom this year!
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Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Apr 10, 2017 9:04 PM CST
Liz, that was so kind of you to split your Yumi! I'm sure your DH's uncle was very happy.

This bloom is on my 1st Yumi, and for some reason this plant doesn't have as many buds this years. The 2nd Yumi planted 2 years ago is further behind in bloom, but it has more buds.

Here is Takara that's also starting to bloom.
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More of Keiko with Clematis Daniel Deronda

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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Apr 11, 2017 7:01 AM CST
Annette your Itohs are gorgeous!
I have Yellow Doodle Dandy, and I think it is the same as Yumi. I had split it in Fall 2015 and it didn't bloom last year. This year it has buds. Lovey dubby

Here is the first Itoh to bloom for me, and I am surprised. It is Watermelon Wine, planted in the Fall from Swenson's! It has 6 buds on it. It really is watermelon red. I got home late, so the light wasn't that good.
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Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Apr 11, 2017 7:46 AM CST
Lg, love your Watermelon Wine, and I'm glad that as a new plant it is doing so well for you! Happy to hear that your YDD has buds this year!
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Apr 11, 2017 7:52 AM CST
Annette, love your combo of Keiko and Daniel Deronda.

Wow, it is amazing that you get that many buds on newly planted WW, LG. The color is nice!
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Apr 11, 2017 9:02 PM CST
Garden view of Keiko with the clematis and Peony Paula Fay
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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Apr 12, 2017 4:43 AM CST
Annette, those photos made me drool! Hilarious! Absolutely gorgeous!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Apr 12, 2017 4:53 AM CST
Thanks Neal, you are too funny :biggrin:!
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Apr 12, 2017 7:20 AM CST
Annette your garden is so beautiful!! Love the clematis with the peonies. I definitely need more clematis.
Lovey dubby
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Apr 12, 2017 7:30 AM CST
I agree
Mieko2 said:Annette your garden is so beautiful!! Love the clematis with the peonies. I definitely need more clematis.
Lovey dubby


Annette's pics of her combo of peonies and clematis inspired me to the same in my garden. THanks, Annette!

Though my itohs are still far from blooming, here is progress on some of mine.

Strawberry Creme Brulee - really excited about this one as it is showing some buds that will bloom for the very first time in my garden. I hope the buds will make it to bloom.


Bartzella


Magical Mystery Tour - hope that I will get more blooms from this peony than last year


Pastel Splendor - vigorous grower


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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Apr 12, 2017 8:41 AM CST
Karen, your foliage is so dark. I know that Itoh's get their leaf coloring from the shrub parent in good part but that first pic is really dark. I like that. When I order dahlias I always try to get some dark foliage ones for contrast.

Still waiting for snow to melt, which it is rapidly doing. Two peonies are literally on the edge of a receding edge of snow. Like a wall a foot high that is melting back in a straight line. Interesting. I did dig back part of it to expose a spot where I planted crocus and daffys. So desperate for flowers. The one peony has been there for several years and should start sending pips fairly soon. The others are newly moved or purchased. So no idea when they may decide to grow.

The far back corner of the garden on the northwest side has Rosellette and Pink Hawaiin Coral but still under snow. No one else is even close, especially my Itoh's and my two (or was it three??) shrub (tree) peonies.
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Apr 12, 2017 9:00 AM CST
Wow Karen, your Itohs are looking great. I can't wait to see them!!' I too just love the dark foliage.

Mary Stella, you need to treat yourself to a blooming plant just for some cheer... like a florist's Azalea or Hydrangea or an Easter lily. These are all quite common here at the grocery store, but I wonder about up there in Alaska? Does the shipping costs limit the availability?

I hope you thaw out soon!
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Apr 12, 2017 9:37 AM CST
Yes indeed, LG, we do have all those potted plants. Freight charges do impact price but at this point I am so used to paying more than ya'll down south that I don't much think about it for things like that. And I do occasionally buy cut flowers for myself just because I love them so. Not so much potted indoor plants as they are expensive and don't tend to last long. I am not much of an indoor gardener. Cactus do really well in my house. And one voracious ivy geranium I am babysitting for my daughter.
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Apr 12, 2017 12:58 PM CST
Thanks Mary and LG! I too love the dark foliage color of the itohs. If you like dark purplish pips, the best colored one is Magical Mystery Tour. MMT sent up these glossy purplish pips early in the season that were so beautiful. It has since lost its purplish sheen as its foliage starts to open. Though not an itoh, Pietertje Vriend Wagenaar peony also has beautiful purplish red pips and foliage (before it turns green).

Mary, I sure wish spring comes knocking at your door soon so you can see some growth activity in your garden. You are such a trooper for hanging in there this long. When do you normally see growths peaking through the soil?
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, Alaska (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
Apr 12, 2017 3:09 PM CST
Karen, the foliage of your Itoh's is gorgeous! I enjoy watching peony pips growing into leaves. I have all potted peonies that survived the winter at home growing right now. Such a joy looking at them developing every day! Snow is melting fast, it's a break up time, but still long before we see green. Cats enjoy walking on the snow without sinking, the surface is hard in the morning :)
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Name: Karen
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kousa
Apr 12, 2017 6:24 PM CST
Anya, it is good to hear that some of your peonies do ok in pots. I tip my hat to you. My hat is off to you for trying to grow them in pots. I have never had much success growing any plants in the pots. MOst died.
Name: Craig
Fort Ann, NY (Zone 5a)
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stellablue
Apr 12, 2017 6:40 PM CST
Crème a L'Orange! Hoping to see it bloom this year for the first time. Crossing Fingers! Whistling



Name: Anya
Fairbanks, Alaska (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
Apr 12, 2017 7:05 PM CST
kousa said:Anya, it is good to hear that some of your peonies do ok in pots. I tip my hat to you. My hat is off to you for trying to grow them in pots. I have never had much success growing any plants in the pots. MOst died.


Karen, thanks, but I don't have another option sometimes Smiling I wish I could planted all peonies in the ground.

Craig, your peonies have so many stems! Amazing!
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Apr 12, 2017 7:13 PM CST
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