Peonies forum: AL Experimental Garden

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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
Mar 24, 2018 7:15 AM CST
Last fall I took a bunch of peony roots and a few irises to our eventual retirement location in AL. Jeff (hubby) and I cleared brambles and scrub oak from a small area and planted everything then just let Mother Nature have her way with them. Didn't go back until 2 weeks ago, here's what we found when we visited again!
Abalone Pearl, Aerie and Amberglow
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Athena, British Beauty and Candy Heart
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Cherry Luau, Cherry Pie (tree) and Denise
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Ethel Mars, Festiva Maxima and Heidi
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Kelway's Rosemary, Lois Klehm and Magical Mystery Tour
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May Apple, Mme Jules Dessert and P Off Alba Plena
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Postillion, Roseheart and Roselette
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Shimanishiki (tree) and Sweet Marjorie
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Some were just barely above ground but all were visible, maybe not every one can be seen in it's photo, though! The only ones that hadn't broken ground were Topeka Statue, Cavatina, Garden Treasure and a scarlet NOID, hope they'll make it up as well but I probably won't see it.

LizB
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Mar 24, 2018 8:15 AM CST
They look great and even with buds. Appears that the warmer zone has no effect on their growth so far.
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
Mar 24, 2018 9:15 AM CST
Thanks Karen! No negative impact for the 1st spring, anyway! I was very happy to see buds on both tree peonies and several of the herbaceous. Had to look very hard to find growth on Magical Mystery Tour for an indication on the Itohs; it was up but just barely. The only one that might have been lost is Cavatina; it's a Saunder's peony so I expected it to be up already. It was new to my garden last fall, the root was large enough to split so I planted it here in CO as well so I have a backup, just in case! The true test it to see how they weather the summer, the heat and humidity might take a toll that the milder winter didn't. Got them off to a good start with a mix of BulbTone and Azomite in the planting holes.
LizB
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Mar 24, 2018 11:43 AM CST
With the different in blooming time for AL and CO, you get to enjoy two peony blooming seasons a year, Liz! Wow, that is so awesome! How far in time apart do you think? Will one end and the other picks up right away?
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
Mar 24, 2018 6:35 PM CST
Hard to say since they were just planted last fall but I'd bet it'll be pretty close to the same as Annette's and LG's bloom times. Better to judge by next year when they've been in the ground for a while. If I remember correctly they are pretty much at the end of their season when my earlies start blooming around the 1st of June. AL might be a bit earlier--know the tree peonies were blooming at the Birmingham Botanical Garden when we were there mid March last year and I think we'll be on that same timeline.
Fertilizing here in CO today, my earliest are breaking ground with the most advanced just pushing through the mulch. Have gone through 2 2/3 18 lb bags of BulbTone so far and just ordered 3 more to make absolutely sure I can finish--haven't touched the newest beds and there are easily 400 + plants back there. They wake up last so it'll be fine to let them wait another week or 2. I am beat!
LizB
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
Mar 24, 2018 7:32 PM CST
Liz, your new peonies look great! I hope they will establish and bloom every year.

With so much snow this year I will see the ground probably in a month, and then everything in the garden should be done at the same time! Blinking
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Mar 24, 2018 9:18 PM CST
I'm glad you have posted the pictures, Liz! They all look great.

This will be great for you whenever you move there you will already have some well established Peonies!

I think your bloom times will be closer to Annette's rather than mine.
I bloom from the first week or so of April until the end of May. I cannot recall having peonies blooming in June. I avoid buying any Peony that has "very late" in its description.

LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Mar 25, 2018 8:01 PM CST
Wow, that's a lot of fertilizing, Liz! Do you fertilize all of your peonies? Or do you just fertilize the ones that you think may need it? Does anyone fertilize after blooming? What is your experience and observation with that practice? Do you think it adds more blooms?
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Region: Georgia Lilies Irises Peonies Clematis Plumerias
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Cem9165
Mar 25, 2018 8:39 PM CST
Liz, I agree, your peonies in AL look great! What zone are you in there?
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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
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Mar 25, 2018 10:55 PM CST
I'm trying to fertilize all of them this year, Karen. I always say I'll do it again in the summer but never have, do manage to throw down some in the fall when I'm cutting them back but that's probably wasted since it's so close to dormancy....

Annette, it's supposed to be a zone 8a, just 20 miles south of Birmingham.
LizB

justinpeterson96
May 22, 2018 3:26 PM CST
Hi there,
I've been using Azomite for a long time and came across this product that has the same benefits of Azomite (70 minerals) plus the benefits of greensand. It is a 2 in 1 product and I think it is very good stuff.
If you are curious like me, let's give it a try. I found it on Amazon: Super Greensand
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
May 22, 2018 6:59 PM CST
Welcome justin! Have you used this product on peonies?

Welcome!
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
May 23, 2018 9:41 AM CST
Thanks Justin. I have used azomite for years. Also promote from lowes. Will give greensand a try. Local nursery sells it. And welcome
Name: Gary Ray
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
graycrna4u
May 24, 2018 7:38 PM CST
I have always read, fertilize when you first see the plants break the ground, right after blooming and after you cut back in the fall. I try to follow this regimen.

justinpeterson96
May 29, 2018 11:46 AM CST
Mieko2 said:Welcome justin! Have you used this product on peonies?

Welcome!


Hello Mike, I have't use this product on peonies, but I used Azomite for a long time on my garden and now I am testing this Super Greensand

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