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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Sep 24, 2017 7:31 PM CST
Now that peony planting season has begun, let us share some beautiful pics to help us remember the rewards that await us in the years to come as we toil and sweat with aching backs and sore arms & knees from prepping the soil for and planting the new roots. Smiling Smiling Smiling

Here is my first two, NOID tree peony with tulips
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Juliska and Pastel Splendor
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Sep 24, 2017 7:41 PM CST
So yours are the entire bush. Can we submit single blooms assuming they have some artistic value also. Not just a pretty flower.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Sep 24, 2017 7:53 PM CST
Yes, anything you deem helpful in lifting the spirit and easing the aches and pains, Mary! All pics of peonies are acceptable except perhaps roots. Even pics of pretty pips in early spring are good!
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Sep 24, 2017 8:14 PM CST
Here we go... and yes my back is killing me!!
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Bartzella opening

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Doris Cooper - always glows Lovey dubby

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Pillow Talk .....❣️❣️

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New Millennium 💞💖
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Pink Pom Pom
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Sep 25, 2017 6:46 AM CST
Athena, Kinshi, Cavatina
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The Mackinac Grand, Illini Warrior, Maxine Wolfe
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Sep 25, 2017 7:12 AM CST
Wowee! THank you so much for sharing your pics LG and Frank! I can tell myself over and over that the digging will be rewarding but it is no where close to the effects of seeing the real stuffs. The pics are just awesome.

Love those close up shots of the peonies, LG! Just want to bury my face in those Pillowtalk blooms. Have always admired your New Millenium and I am glad to get a second helping of it. I don't know how you do it but yes, I can see Doris Cooper's glow from your pics. That glow is not easily captured in photographs, but you did and it is so gorgeous.

Frank, what can I say! Talk about inspirational! Those are some of the nicest shots of peonies growing in a home garden. REally really love the first pic of Athena with the blue sky in the background. Illini Warrior with the alliums is perfect. What a lovely cascading effect your Kinshi has. So gorgeous! I see that your dog is enjoying your peony show!
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Sep 25, 2017 7:38 AM CST
Thanks for the compliments, Karen. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I can’t wait to see them all blooming again.

Frank, your photos are stunning. I can’t wait until my Mackinac Grand gets going. Mine still is one stem.

I love your dog!

LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
Cat Lover
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anyagoro
Sep 25, 2017 5:56 PM CST
Thanks so much for lovely picture, beautiful peonies, Karen, LG and Frank! The picture of Athena with blue sky is gorgeous! Lovey dubby

My back is healing after all summer preparation for 55 coming and survived potted peonies, I am grateful to my husband who helped me with half of them. Sure pictures of peonies inspire and help to survive hard work and long waiting for spring. My 5 best pictures would be these:
Kansas
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Krinkled White
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Old Faithful
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Amalia Olson
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Peter Brand
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Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
Charter ATP Member
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Oldgardenrose
Sep 25, 2017 6:15 PM CST
My best of this year but only Raspberry Sundae remains as a keeper.
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Sep 25, 2017 6:30 PM CST
Anya, I’m so glad your husband helped you plant. I always feel Peonies do better in the ground!

The photos are gorgeous!!

Jerry your Raspberry Sundae looks very good. I have seen some others and knew they weren’t the true variety.

This is a fun post! I hope some more members post soon.
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Sep 25, 2017 6:57 PM CST
Celebrity



No ID
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Taiyo
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Raspberry Sundae
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Every now and then I have a quiet chat with the skeletons in my closet...just so they don't come looking for me on their own.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Sep 25, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Oops, think I need to edit--posted multiple images of the same Peonies. Sticking tongue out
Every now and then I have a quiet chat with the skeletons in my closet...just so they don't come looking for me on their own.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Sep 25, 2017 8:11 PM CST
Wow, another fantastic showings of peonies! Love your photos of Amalia Olson and Old Faithful, Anya. I hope mine will bloom next year as nice as yours. I am really looking forward to seeing blooms from Old Faithful. Planted it late last year so there was no bloom this year. Amalia was in a bad location and did not grow well. Is your Peter Brand darker in person? Omigosh Anya, 55 planting hole? Wow, I can certainly feel and sympathize with your aches and pains! I am glad that your husband was able to help. You need to take a break and start dreaming nice peonies! :)

Jerry, I have always admired your Hot Chocolate. I bet the color is even richer if seen in person. Can't wait for that eventuality! Your Raspberry Sundae is gorgeous. I think I may have a different version than yours though. Confused

Debra, thanks so much for posting your peony pics! It is very nice to see you over here! Your Taiyo is stunning. Is it a challenge to grow peonies in your area? Does the heat affect bud development?


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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Sep 25, 2017 8:13 PM CST
Just want to add that if anyone has more nice photos to share, please feel free to post more than 5. That's just an arbitrary number so all nice photos are welcome!

Here are a few more from my garden.

Candy Stripe
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Halleigh's Hallelujah (color was really intense this past cool spring)
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NOID Rockii with the most delicious scent
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Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
Sep 25, 2017 11:37 PM CST
Thank you, LG and Karen. All peonies are in the ground and only dreams about peonies are left Sad

Peter Brand was a little darker than on the photo but not something special. It bloomed the first time and I hope the flowers will be better and better with years. I already posted photos of its autumn foliage, it is really very special. I will keep it for this foliage even if the flowers stay like of usual red lactiflora.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Sep 26, 2017 3:45 AM CST
Debra those peonies are great! Thank for sharing!

Karen as usual, your Peonies are so gorgeous.

Anya, I’m glad you made that comment about Peter Brand. I was thinking about adding it.

LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Sep 26, 2017 8:02 AM CST
Here are some more photos from my garden
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Do tell

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Bess Bockstoce

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Bess Bockstoce, Miss America, Carol is the dark red in background
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Peonies Roses Clematis Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Bee Lover
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Jasmin
Sep 26, 2017 12:03 PM CST
What a great thread! Here are my favorite pics of 2017.

Black Dragon Holds a Splendid Flower
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Hoki
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The Guardina of the Monestary; cannot decide between these two


High Noon
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Souvenir de Maxime Cornu (aka Kinkaku) with a little visitor. Love pics with visitors.


Blaze
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Sarah Bernardt or not, I love this picture (and the little black ant)
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"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better."~Albert Einstein
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Sep 26, 2017 12:37 PM CST
Hi, Karen. Smiling

The biggest challenge for them in my yard is that I don't give supplemental water and we get little rain in the summer. If not for the fact that my front yard is shaded all afternoon, I probably wouldn't be able to grow them at all.

I don't know enough about Peonies to answer the bud question. I do know that the Early varieties are said to do best here, as we seldom have a cold enough winter for later varieties; and the Earlies flower before it gets too hot. I am happy if I get any bloom, though. Lovey dubby
Every now and then I have a quiet chat with the skeletons in my closet...just so they don't come looking for me on their own.
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Name: Lauri
N Central Wash. - the dry side (Zone 5b)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Enjoys or suffers cold winters Greenhouse Foliage Fan Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener
Seed Starter Dog Lover Birds Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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lauribob
Sep 26, 2017 1:13 PM CST
I don't have cultivars for many of my peonies - most of them are pass-alongs.
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Kinkaku - Tree peony. Not my favorite in the garden, but the blooms are
really pretty if you feel like laying on the ground and looking up at them. (Or take a picture.)

Coral Charm - This is one of my favorites - fades to a pale yellow.
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Unknown double pink with intoxicating fragrance.
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Another unknown that I'm really fond of.

One of the best reasons to grow peonies, in my opinion!
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