Peonies forum: 2017 Best Performers and Favorites

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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
Jun 4, 2017 7:23 AM CST
It might be a bit early for this thread but I know we have a few members who's peony season is over already, the rest of us can add to it later. Looking back, which peonies had an amazing showing for you this year? Are those varieties always a top performer or did any of them take you by surprise this year? And which ones did you just have to stop and stare at because they were so amazingly beautiful this season? I don't want to assign a specific number so just start putting out pictures and tell us about your amazing peonies!
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Jun 4, 2017 8:37 AM CST
Yes, it would be interesting to know who has really strong stems, or really unusual colors (single or blends). I would also be interested to know height. I am pretty sure yours (especially Dan's) seem to grow taller than mine. I sure don't need six foot stakes.
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
Jun 4, 2017 3:18 PM CST
Everything is growing taller this year, particularly weeds :)
Name: Craig
Fort Ann, NY (Zone 5a)
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stellablue
Jun 4, 2017 6:15 PM CST
Pastelegance! The best showing I've seen from this peony.

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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Jun 4, 2017 10:48 PM CST
Have to think about it for a bit. But the first one that jumps out to me is Magical Mystery Tour. It seemed to bloom for a long time. Strange that most of the ones that did well last year did not bloom well this year. Some herbaceous peonies were extra floppy with long necks that I did not notice from prior years.
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Jun 5, 2017 7:20 AM CST
stellablue said:Pastelegance! The best showing I've seen from this peony.

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Oh My! They take my breath away! Do you have it in full sun, Craig? Do you treat it any differently to get blooms like above?
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Jun 5, 2017 11:10 AM CST
One of the ines that was new for me that I was smitten with: Rose Reverence. From Fina Gardens

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LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: oscar
beamsville Ontario canada (Zone 6a)
Photo Contest Winner: 2017
ol434445
Jun 5, 2017 5:46 PM CST
My best from the TP was this first year bloom
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Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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Jasmin
Jun 5, 2017 7:18 PM CST
Oscar, it is gorgeous. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Which one is that?
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."~Albert Einstein
Name: oscar
beamsville Ontario canada (Zone 6a)
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ol434445
Jun 6, 2017 4:12 PM CST
Jasmin it only says pink there was no tag on the stem

littlebin
Jun 6, 2017 9:42 PM CST
Didn't Yan say it is teni? It does looks like teni.
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ol434445 said:Jasmin it only says pink there was no tag on the stem


Name: oscar
beamsville Ontario canada (Zone 6a)
Photo Contest Winner: 2017
ol434445
Jun 8, 2017 10:03 PM CST
Thank you Littlebin i will note that down. Thank to yan.
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Sep 3, 2017 7:18 PM CST
It has been a very busy summer for me so I could not post on this thread . But things are much calmer now so I can go back and see which peonies did well for me this year. My top ones would be:

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Magical Mystery Tour for being the longest blooming peony lasting 13 days.
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Back side of the bush
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Red NOID for being the biggest fullest bloom this spring.
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Mackinac Grand for not skipping a bit after being divided and moved previous fall.
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Bartzella is just spectacular this year. Hope you don't mind that I post this pic again.
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Winged Victory for being the most beautiful single peony. It looks like fine porcelain.

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Lotus Bloom for the amount of blooms that opened at the same time

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Some other nice pics showing a grouping of peonies.

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Sep 5, 2017 9:25 AM CST
You really do plant ours close together and yet they look huge and healthy with tons of blooms. Hard to get between to weed though. Course they are so close maybe the weeds don't stand a chance.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Sep 5, 2017 9:48 AM CST
Karen, I am drooling over your photos! I can't wait unto mine start blooming. Lovey dubby
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
Sep 5, 2017 1:18 PM CST
Wow! I can the pictures now. Gorgeous!!! So beautiful! No favorites, every peony is spectacular. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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
Sep 5, 2017 3:47 PM CST
Everybody single pic is gorgeous, Karen! Makes me miss spring....
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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Sep 6, 2017 5:55 AM CST
Maxine Wolf looked good this year...

"Paeonia 'Maxcine Wolfe', 2017, (4-JAP-PK) Chinese or lactiflora [Peony], pay-OHN-ee-uh lack-tih -FLORE-uh, 30 in. #Perennial (Tischler - Brand Peony Farms 1969), USDA Hardiness Zone 2, Pink Anemone with white center, Bloom Month 6a, In Garden Bed E4 for 5.7 YEARS.

Peony Maxine Wolfe - LM J Pink MH. Full anemone pink with clear white center. Very large bloom is free flowering. Late, mid-season, pink. Planted in 2011.

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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Sep 6, 2017 5:38 PM CST
I miss spring too! This year's growth season has gone by so fast. It is also getting so much cooler already. My tomatoes are taking a hit with degrees in the 50's. Not looking forward to winter. I should not be complaining though given what happened with Harvey and now Irma. Seems like my snowstorms and ice are mild in comparison to their flooding.

Mary, as close as they are, the weeds manage to come through. Due to the regular rains we have had this summer, the weeds have a field day.
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
Sep 8, 2017 11:17 PM CST
Almost all my peonies are new and need a few years to develop. However, I was really impressed with the performance of a single pink so called Apricot bought from BulbsDirect in spring 2016 as a 2-3 eye root. It already gave 1 flower the same year. This year I was amazed that the bush grew 3-fold and gave 6 flowers! They had a slight odor and closed for a night, bees loved them! Me too Lovey dubby
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