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May 29, 2017 6:37 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Planted Big Ben in 2014

Bloomed in 2016, but this years bloom was much bigger:)


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Paeonia 'Big Ben', 2017, (2-DB-R) Chinese or lactiflora or lactiflora [Peony], pay-OHN-ee-uh lack-tih -FLORE-uh, 40 in. #Perennial (Auten, 1943), USDA Hardiness Zone 2, Medium dark red bomb, Fragrant, Bloom Month 5-, In Garden Bed f4.04.2 for 2.6 YEARS.

Full double red flowers with little sidebuds. Fine leaflets, reddish stems and sweet fragrance. Double, Red & Early. Tall. Fragrant. Medium dark red bomb. Large blooms on stiff stems. No buds 2015.

#Paeonia #Peony

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May 29, 2017 8:49 PM CST

How big?
Do you have a ruler or hand to compare?
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May 30, 2017 9:30 PM CST
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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I was going to ask the exact same thing!!!We need a picture with a ruler so we can OOOOHHHH and AAAAAHHHH!!!! And is it fragrant?
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May 31, 2017 4:40 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
ok, i will take another shot:)
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May 31, 2017 6:48 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
It's over 6 inches wide and almost as tall.


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May 31, 2017 10:37 PM CST
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Annuals Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Dragonflies Dog Lover Daylilies Bee Lover Birds
Nice!!! Reminds me of the very first Red Charm I saw in person--a cut flower at the UofM peony garden. Think my tongue practically rolled out of my head...Such a shame their season is so fleeting, don't think there is any other flower that can compare with the beauty of a peony.
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May 1, 2021 2:08 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Hi Frank, where did you purchase this Big Ben? Is it from Wild?
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May 1, 2021 3:54 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
SoCalGardenNut said:Hi Frank, where did you purchase this Big Ben? Is it from Wild?


Purchased from jungled.com in 2014. It was in a collection.

"Paeonia 'Abalone Pearl'
Paeonia 'Big Ben'
Paeonia 'Dr. Alexander Fleming'
Paeonia 'Gay Paree'"
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May 1, 2021 4:51 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Do you have Kansas peony too, I'm trying to compare Kansas Vs Big Ben, which one is better to purchase, if I can't make up my mind, I might order 2 of each, I want a hedge of deep pink flowers.
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May 1, 2021 5:59 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Yes, I have both. I could not recommend one over the other. Get 2 of each:)

top photo is kansas

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May 1, 2021 6:27 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I have Big Ben. Can't wait to see it bloom for the first time this year. I had it in a bad location and it struggled for the last few years. Looks like it is coming around this year.
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May 1, 2021 6:42 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Thanks Frank, I went back to last year post for herbaceous blooms and it seems like nobody posted like they are growing them. I have to wait and order later this year, I don't want to order from Wild and get a delivery, I have no space yet.
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