Peonies forum→Big Ben is... big!

Views: 1336, Replies: 11 » Jump to the end
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
May 29, 2017 6:37 PM CST
Planted Big Ben in 2014

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


Thumb of 2017-05-30/frankrichards16/9c184a
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

https://www.flickr.com/search/...

littlebin
May 29, 2017 8:49 PM CST
How big?
Do you have a ruler or hand to compare?
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Dragonflies Butterflies Bulbs Birds Bee Lover
Annuals Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader
Image
LizinElizabeth
May 30, 2017 9:30 PM CST

Moderator

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?
LizB
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
May 31, 2017 4:40 AM CST
ok, i will take another shot:)
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
May 31, 2017 6:48 AM CST
It's over 6 inches wide and almost as tall.


Thumb of 2017-05-31/frankrichards16/48eb36 Thumb of 2017-05-31/frankrichards16/5b5b12 Thumb of 2017-05-31/frankrichards16/136bcf

Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Dragonflies Butterflies Bulbs Birds Bee Lover
Annuals Irises Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader
Image
LizinElizabeth
May 31, 2017 10:37 PM CST

Moderator

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.
LizB
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Image
SoCalGardenNut
May 1, 2021 2:08 PM CST
Hi Frank, where did you purchase this Big Ben? Is it from Wild?
2022 wishlist: Pastelegance, and Blonde Vision.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
May 1, 2021 3:54 PM CST
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'"
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Image
SoCalGardenNut
May 1, 2021 4:51 PM CST
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.
2022 wishlist: Pastelegance, and Blonde Vision.
[Last edited by SoCalGardenNut - May 1, 2021 7:56 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #2491935 (9)
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Image
frankrichards16
May 1, 2021 5:59 PM CST
Yes, I have both. I could not recommend one over the other. Get 2 of each:)

top photo is kansas

Thumb of 2021-05-01/frankrichards16/e2d05f
Thumb of 2021-05-01/frankrichards16/9fc38f

Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
kousa
May 1, 2021 6:27 PM CST
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.
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Image
SoCalGardenNut
May 1, 2021 6:42 PM CST
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.
2022 wishlist: Pastelegance, and Blonde Vision.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Peonies forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by DaylilySLP and is called "WOW"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.