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Apr 1, 2018 4:10 PM CST
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Birds Roses Plumerias Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Daylilies Clematis Charter ATP Member Bulbs
It is with great joy that I share my 1st peony bloom in 2018. Tree peony Koukamon s always one of the first to bloom in my garden, and it opened today.

Please share your pictures as we move through the 2018 peony season, I look forward to seeing each and every one of them.

Tree peony Koukamon
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Apr 1, 2018 4:57 PM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
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Congratulations, Annette! Very nice flower and such a deep color!
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Apr 1, 2018 5:06 PM CST
Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Koukamon is lovely.

All types of peonies or just tree peonies for this thread?
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Apr 1, 2018 5:47 PM CST
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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WHOOHOO! Let the bloom train begin! Congratulations Annette, it's gorgeous!
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Apr 1, 2018 6:59 PM CST
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Birds Roses Plumerias Peonies Lilies Irises
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Thank you Anya, Carol, and Liz!

Carol, please free to post any kind of peony that is blooming, we love to see all of them.
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Apr 1, 2018 7:09 PM CST
Name: Gary Ray
Ohio (Zone 6a)
Gorgeous Annette. Congratulations.
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Apr 1, 2018 8:54 PM CST
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Birds Roses Plumerias Peonies Lilies Irises
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Thanks Gary!

My noid this afternoon at 3:57 PM.
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9:47 PM. I expect it to be fully open tomorrow.
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Apr 1, 2018 9:15 PM CST
Name: oscar
beamsville Ontario canada (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Region: Canadian Peonies Photo Contest Winner: 2017
Annette your garden is Beautiful.
I love the color, good start for 2018 wish everyone a great season of big bloom and bright color
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Apr 2, 2018 8:20 AM CST
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Great start, Annette!! So happy to see your blooms.

Unfortunately, there is a chance of a freeze for me Wednesday night into Thursday morning. I am just sick about it. Crossing Fingers! Sighing!
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Apr 2, 2018 11:23 AM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
Cat Lover
Oh, too bad, LG! I hope this freeze won't damage the blooms Crossing Fingers!
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Apr 2, 2018 11:40 AM CST
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Birds Roses Plumerias Peonies Lilies Irises
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Thanks Oscar!

LG, I can understand how you feel! We're getting down in the 30's as well Wednesday night, the cooler temps are back for the next 2 weeks.

The peony blooms are much later this year, which I'm thankful for.
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Apr 2, 2018 11:43 AM CST
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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Don't think I've had any damage from 30s weather, when it gets down in the 20s is when I worry. Hope it stays relatively warm for both of you!
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Apr 2, 2018 4:19 PM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Peonies Permaculture Ponds
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Both are gorgeous blooms. Love that deep wine color of the tree peony. I am so excited to see all of your blooms. I will be even more excited to see mine starting to push out of the soil. Snow is melting fast but no soil in sight yet over peonies.

APS Convention: Anya and I were notified that Alaska Airlines had cancelled the flight we were on to Porland. Moved us to a later flight. We won't get to the hotel til maybe 8:30 PM. We will miss the silent auction and probably dinner. Sad Sighing!
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Apr 2, 2018 6:24 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Wow Annette! Love Koukamon's dark deep color! Your pink one is nice too! That's really nice that you get two buds on a potted plant.

LG, so sorry to hear about your freezing weather. HOpefully it will stay above 32F.

Mary, that's so terrible! Is this cancellation practice a norm for flights from Alaska to mainland? So sorry to hear that you will miss some of the special APS activities scheduled for attendees.
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Apr 2, 2018 6:34 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
So Annette has the first bloom of the season! Who on here will have the last bloom of the year? Will it be Mary, Anya or someone else in other parts of the world?
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Apr 2, 2018 7:32 PM CST
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Butterflies Garden Photography Hostas Hummingbirder Peonies Region: Tennessee
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Oh, I am sad that your flight was canceled! Is this common?
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Apr 2, 2018 9:40 PM CST
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Birds Roses Plumerias Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Daylilies Clematis Charter ATP Member Bulbs
Thanks Mary and Karen!

Mary, I'm also sorry to hear about your cancelled flight, and it's unfortunate that you'll miss some of the events for the APS Convention.

I'm going to vote that Anya will be one to have the last peony blooms.
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Apr 2, 2018 11:01 PM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
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To cancel a half full flight is common if they can combine two flights together. I hope we will have some leftovers when we finally arrive to the hotel Smiling

My last flower last year was on July 31 till the very beginning of August but that was a newly planted Amalia Olson, it was the last to break the ground also - June 19. We'll see how the blooming season goes this year.
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Apr 3, 2018 12:06 PM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Peonies Permaculture Ponds
Garden Ideas: Level 2
My last was Garden treasure on July 26th. A well established plant. I divided it last year and moved to a sunnier spot. Got three nice roots from it.
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Apr 3, 2018 6:32 PM CST
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Birds Roses Plumerias Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Daylilies Clematis Charter ATP Member Bulbs
Anya and Mary, it sounds like your last bloom time is pretty close! I hope you both do get a chance to eat once you all arrive at the convention.

So much had happened in the past 48 hours with blooms! I came home to find Shimanishiki blooming. The stems that came up from the base were the graft, not basal shoots as I thought.

Shimanishiki only had one bloom this year, that was difficult to see.

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I'll post more pics later of all the other blooms.
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