Peonies forum: Final Root for 2017

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Name: Gary Ray
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
graycrna4u
Oct 30, 2017 2:50 PM CST
I decided a week ago to see if I could locate Alexander Woolcott. Needless to say, it is difficult to find early in the season. As luck would have it, I found it at A & D Peony Farm. I have not heard them mentioned here that I remember. But they had a great selection (especially some hard to find varieties) and great prices. They sell herbaceous, itoh, and tree peonies. Here is the root I got today beside a large bottle of Gatorade.

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Large root, nice shape, and 6 + eyes. I will visit them again. And needless to say, I am happy to have Alexander Woollcott.
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
Oct 30, 2017 3:43 PM CST
A&D does send nice sized roots but I've had several mis-ids from them. Hopefully yours will bloom first year and be true to name, if not let them know because they will make it right.
I'm waiting for my final roots for the fall to arrive today, UPS delivery and our house is always the guy's last stop. Doesn't really matter, it's 28 degrees out there and spitting rain/icy pellets so I wouldn't plant today even if our house was first!
LizB
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Oct 30, 2017 5:13 PM CST
Ouch. Reminds me of what I planted in. then after it was done, the weather warmed up to the mid 40's with a nice Chinook breeze. Figures. Hilarious!
Name: Gary Ray
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
graycrna4u
Oct 30, 2017 6:04 PM CST
It was close to freezing here last night. It snowed in the mountains. But, the ground isn't frozen yet. Winter is coming.
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
Oct 30, 2017 6:27 PM CST
Our ground won’t be frozen for some time now. I actually dug up a clump of foxtail lilies this morning and replanted a few after dividing but that was easy digging in a raised bed. Hate these few really cold days in an otherwise really pleasant fall, it was 70 yesterday and will be back in the 50s tomorrow.
LizB
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Oct 31, 2017 8:00 AM CST
You couldn't have chosen a nicer red peony, Gary! AW will definitely benefit from a bit of shade esp. the afternoon sun.

Liz, your area's weather is like a roller coaster ride! Do you find that it's always like that or the extremes happen more frequently in recent years?
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Oct 31, 2017 9:58 AM CST
Seems like Liz's springs are even worse. I seem to recall warm, then freeze, then warm, then snow, then then. lol. It is so surprising that we can share a zone, and even some general weather conditions, and yet our physical location dictates definite differences in what and when we can grow things. We are holding in the low 40's with rain for now. Hoping the peonies are taking advantage of the weather and growing new feeder roots.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Oct 31, 2017 7:07 PM CST
If you're not a gardener you might actually enjoy the crazy CO weather mood swings! I know I loved going around in shorts in March and was able to drive my convertible with the top down well into November a few years. Now paying for those really nice days that we have during winter with crazy cold days earlier in the fall and late in the spring is the bane of my garden....I haven't kept count personally but was told that we've had May blizzards 11 out of the last 13 years so it's been going on a while. Tried to look it up myself but the page I pulled up was wrong, said our last snows were in April in 2016 and 2017 but I know it was in May.
LizB
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Oct 31, 2017 8:09 PM CST
Believe it or not we had snow in July in Fairbanks, Alaska one year. Just a bit of a flurry, but still!! Really??!!

Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Nov 1, 2017 11:02 AM CST
Nice root! I got one from Gold City this Fall. I can't wait to see the bloom!
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Nov 1, 2017 11:24 AM CST
Does Gold City sell online or only by walkins to their nursery?
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
Nov 2, 2017 12:43 AM CST
I also got one root from Gold City. They send roots online. They are closed now and will re-open some time in February (maybe March).
https://www.goldcityflowergard...
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Nov 2, 2017 4:47 PM CST
Christmas came early for me this year! Didn't think I was going to get itoh peony Scrumpdillyicious but an extremely generous NGA friend came through and gave me this wonderful gift as well as the true Berry Garcia, Roseheart, and Folkart. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Can't remember being this excited for a long time! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Have been working hard last two days getting everything ready. It's too late for them to be planted now so they will be going into their prepared spaces tomorrow. Awesome looking roots:

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Peonyshop Peonies
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Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
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huang049
Nov 2, 2017 7:05 PM CST
Good for you!!! Karen
I will be exciting too with all those beauties. you will have a wonderful Spring with all those nice roots.......
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Nov 3, 2017 4:05 AM CST
Karen, those Peonies look great! I hope you can get them all planted today.

I can't wait to see what Scrum looks like. Thumbs up
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Nov 3, 2017 8:10 PM CST
Thanks Yan and LG! And i thought these were my final roots until I saw Frank's post about Klemn SOng Sparrow Peony Sale. All restraint went out the window and I ordered 5 more peonies. I don't know whether to feel Hurray! or D'Oh! or Shrug! or Green Grin! What is an addict supposed to do with a peony sale?
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Nov 3, 2017 8:31 PM CST
They're supposed to buy more peonies, of course! You did exactly the right thing, Karen!
LizB
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Nov 4, 2017 9:43 AM CST
Which ones did you get, Karen? I caved and got Strawberry Blush and Gordon Simonson from Adelmans....
LizB
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Nov 4, 2017 10:14 AM CST
@kousa

no problem Karen, just blame me:)

Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Nov 4, 2017 12:46 PM CST
Well, I resisted Klehm's although there were two I would really liked to have. But I absolutely have no place to put them, unless I haul out the rototiller to break up frozen top layer and cultivate a messy bed. Maybe next year. I need to see how the ones I planted this year do.

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