Peonies forum: Best post-2005 Itohs

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Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
May 6, 2018 9:21 AM CST
What are your favorites among new Itohs that do not cost arm and leg? I am talking about plants that no gardener should be without. IMHO in first batch of Itohs Bartzella was the most striking one. Now there are dozens of new Itohs and it is hard to purchase all of them, so if you would chose one or two...
chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
peonyplan
May 6, 2018 11:14 AM CST
My personal choice would be Sonoma Yedo, registered in 2010. I think it will be the next Bartzella. It's significant in my opinion perhaps it's the most double peony in all pure yellows? (I'm not sure though. There are many unregistered seedlings out there) I haven't bought it yet because it's close to costing arm and leg. But regret not buying because I saw today a post from Southernpeony that the one she planted January 2017 gave her 1 and 3 blooms last and this spring.
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
May 6, 2018 7:15 PM CST
I'm looking forward to seeing some of the newer ones at the APS convention in a couple of weeks, will take lots of pics to share and will let you all know about any I see growing in the fields as well. I'll have to look at intro dates for most of mine, no clue when they were registered!
LizB
Name: Gary Ray
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
graycrna4u
May 6, 2018 7:33 PM CST
Alex, I have been impressed with first year itohs Sonoma Amethyst, Welcome, Apricot, Rosy Prospects, and Momo Taro. I got each one for about $35 each last year at the end of the season from Adelman's. All of my others have come from Michigan Bulb etc mostly for $25 (it will take 2 to 3 years to bloom but worth it for the price). All the itohs seem to love it here in the southern US.
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
May 6, 2018 8:40 PM CST
Peonyplan, I remember that Sonoma Yedo was extremely expensive just recently, may be in a few years time Smiling
Gary, you got bargain prices for sure, but I can not have them all, as much as I like - my space is limited. Sonoma Welcome looks good on pictures.
Liz, keep us updated!
I remember someone on the forum mentioned Caroline Constabel and something else...was it New Millennium?
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
May 6, 2018 9:05 PM CST
Peony 'First Arrival' is top notch and can be had at a reasonable price...

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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
May 6, 2018 9:42 PM CST
Caroline Constabel seems to be a very vigorous new Itoh, you can probably get it much easier than we can in the US. I got it fall 2016 (thanks Karen!) and had a single sad bloom last spring. LG has a gorgeous bloom on her first year plant this spring! We all got it from the same place and it's probably tissue cultured. Mine is barely up for the season so don't know if l'll see a bud this year yet.
LizB
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
May 7, 2018 7:50 AM CST
Here is Caroline Constabel fully opened. It holday the bloom well above the foliage. It is not very expensive if you can find it.



New Millennium is still a bit pricey, but I love it and am glad I bought it. I think Adelman's had it marked down at the end of last year.

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Joanna Marlene is reasonably priced and I love it, too.

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LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
May 7, 2018 10:29 AM CST
Well, I also got the Planteck new releases last year, Caroline Constabel, Oochigas, and Duchess de Lorraine. The plants will probably bloom for me next year. They are growing well now from the small one stem plant that I planted last year. I really hope that they are true to name. It will be a bummer if they are not and esp. if they bloom like those that I already have.
Name: Alex
Toronto, Ontario
Region: Canadian
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AlexUnder
May 7, 2018 4:45 PM CST
LG, yes, I remember now that Joanna Marlene was mentioned as well. Looks very enticing to me. Does anyone own Caroline Constabel and Joanna Marlene? How do they compare?
Karen, hope you got real thing!
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
May 8, 2018 9:30 PM CST
Have you seen Mieko's pic of Caroline Constabel. Karen? Very good indicator that they'll be correct! My tiny bloom last year was the right color, just single. This year the plant has increased very well, had 3 buds. I pinched out the smallest one, hope I get a more double bloom!
I have both, Alex, but if they both bloom it'll be the first time I have a chance to compare. Probably not the best to compare between immature plants, anyway.
LizB
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
May 9, 2018 8:24 AM CST
I did and I am in love! I hope mine will bloom like LG's. Mine was planted in a bad spot so I had to move it last fall. I hope it will grow well and give me some blooms too! Smiling I hope to see a pic of yours too, Liz!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 10, 2018 9:24 AM CST
I hope that when you people have time-- that you will make sure that your pictures are in the Peony data base here on the NGA ? Please and Thank You!
Name: patinahome
Nanaimo, BC Canada (Zone 9a)
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patinahome
May 12, 2018 2:30 PM CST
I purchased a Duchess of Lorraine last year that I planted in a huge container. This year it is up with lots of healthy leaves. When do you think I can I expect some buds? Next year? I am in Zone 9a.
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
May 12, 2018 7:57 PM CST
Welcome! Patinahome!
Do you get winter dormancy in zone 9a? If so, you might get blooms next year, but Itohs don't always perform the same.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Gary Ray
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
graycrna4u
May 12, 2018 8:32 PM CST
Zone 9 in Canada looks to be Zone 4 or 5 Here in the US.

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