Peonies forum: Peonies done in SE Michigan

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

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frankrichards16
Jun 16, 2017 9:55 PM CST
It was nice while it lasted, maybe a month

Mid may to mid june. I have almost 100, but i did order some new ones (mostly Itohs).

but the fun is over:)

over the past two weeks, i have been taking my bypass pruners and my dogs for a walk in the backyard every morning. I find it easier and more enjoyable to trim up the peonies a little at a time. I have most of mine trimmed up now, removed the seed heads. Come Fall, i usually cut them to the ground. I have one bed that I use the lawn mower on:)
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 17, 2017 7:23 AM CST
End of season is always so sad....
LizB
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jun 17, 2017 9:25 AM CST
What was your first bloom and what was the last one to bloom?
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Jun 17, 2017 3:49 PM CST
lol. I like the lawn mower idea. I have told the guys at ABG that they are leaving too much stem. Harvey at Hidden Springs agreed. I sent him pictures of what I believe is botrytis and something else where the stem is just flopping over about 3" up. He answered within 24 hours with great info and a plant to fix and prevent. He is such a great person.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
Jun 17, 2017 5:40 PM CST
First to bloom was Paeonia 'Athena'


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last was Paeonia 'Prairie Charm'



Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jun 18, 2017 7:40 AM CST
Thanks! I do have Athena, but it is not flowering this year.
It did give one flower last year which was the first spring.
The area is too shady for it until I prune or log off some trees.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jun 18, 2017 10:21 AM CST
Frank, you and I are the same as to first and last, although my last is usually Border Charm or Garden Treasure. Similar parentage on Border Charm I think.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Jun 18, 2017 11:36 AM CST
@Oberon46

first is an easy definition. first is first!

Last is more difficult. I have had many herbaceous peonies boom really late, but some of the Itohs start earlier but continue to "pop" out a bloom later even later.... maybe apples, maybe oranges...

Life's a bitch, then you die:)
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jun 19, 2017 9:26 AM CST
Familiar saying. Use it myself from time to time. Not sure how it applies to peonies but oh well. Whistling

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