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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
May 15, 2018 8:00 AM CST
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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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
May 15, 2018 11:52 AM CST

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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.
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
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anyagoro
May 15, 2018 12:15 PM CST
Wow, Karen! Incredible! Lovely flowers! Lovey dubby
chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
peonyplan
May 15, 2018 12:20 PM CST
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?
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
May 15, 2018 5:33 PM CST
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.
chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
peonyplan
May 15, 2018 8:04 PM CST
Thank you, Karen!
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
May 16, 2018 7:08 AM CST

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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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LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
peonyplan
May 16, 2018 9:23 AM CST
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.
Name: Tracey
Midwest (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
May 17, 2018 5:18 PM CST

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'Vanilla Schnapps' was originally garden named Bill's Best Yellow.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
May 20, 2018 7:43 AM CST
Thanks Tracey for that interesting info on VS! For Bill S. to say it is "best", it's got to be a great plant!
Name: Tracey
Midwest (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
May 20, 2018 7:50 AM CST

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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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