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May 15, 2018 8:00 AM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Wow, I am really impressed with this light yellow variety. It blooms VERY early, about the same time as Nova and Roselette. It is a full double and once it opens, the flower has a high crown almost like a dome shape form. It has great substance. In spite of the thunderstorms that I have had in the past 2 days, the flower petals were not damaged by the rain and the stem holds up well for such a big bloom. Due to the rain, I was not able to smell the bloom.

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May 15, 2018 11:52 AM CST
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Butterflies Garden Photography Hostas Hummingbirder Peonies Region: Tennessee
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Beautiful, Karen! Mine had 3 buds and all of them were lost to the freezes.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
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May 15, 2018 12:15 PM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
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Wow, Karen! Incredible! Lovely flowers! Lovey dubby
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May 15, 2018 12:20 PM CST
chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
Karen, great to see another top notch yellow peony. I did not get what "good substance" mean in the descriptions of some peonies, so could you explain?
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May 15, 2018 5:33 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
The petals having good substance means that they were not damaged, bruised, or blemished by the heavy raindrops. They also help up well in the storm meaning they did not shatter. I have some peonies whose flower petals substance is so thin and delicate that they get affected by rain esp. heavy rain that they don't recover after being exposed to it. Unfortunately, although Vanilla Schnapps holds up well in the rain, it does not tolerate heat and humidity well. The petals became flaccid under today's temp of 80+F and high humidity.
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May 15, 2018 8:04 PM CST
chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
Thank you, Karen!
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May 16, 2018 7:08 AM CST
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Peonyplan, here is an example of " poor substance". This is Petticoat Flounce after a light rain. Look at the guard petals. They have spots you can see through from the rain.

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May 16, 2018 9:23 AM CST
chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
LG, thank you for showing an example. It is good that some experienced people explained it in details to me. I originally thought "good substance" means the petals are thick and stiff.
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May 17, 2018 5:18 PM CST
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Name: Tracey
Midwest (Zone 5a)
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'Vanilla Schnapps' was originally garden named Bill's Best Yellow.
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May 20, 2018 7:43 AM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thanks Tracey for that interesting info on VS! For Bill S. to say it is "best", it's got to be a great plant!
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May 20, 2018 7:50 AM CST
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Name: Tracey
Midwest (Zone 5a)
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Karen, thanks. I'll have to ask a friend if Bill named it or if one of his frequent visitors said it and it kind of stuck. Stay tuned...
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