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May 27, 2018 9:25 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Roger F. Anderson, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin introduced some 50 or so named (registered) peony hybrids. He is a especially known for his intersectional (Itoh) hybrid peonies. In 2013, Swenson Gardens purchased Anderson's last generation of seedlings and are introducing new Itoh hybrids in 2018.

I have about 35 Itoh peonies, 21 were bred by Anderson:

Paeonia 'Andersons Kaleidoscope', Paeonia 'Bartzella', Paeonia 'Callies Memory', Paeonia 'Canary Brilliants', Paeonia 'Copper Kettle', Paeonia 'Cora Louise', Paeonia 'Court Jester', Paeonia 'First Arrival', Paeonia 'Going Bananas', Paeonia 'Gordon E. Simonson', Paeonia 'Hillary', Paeonia 'Joanna Marlene', Paeonia 'Julia Rose', Paeonia 'Lemon Dream', Paeonia 'Momo Taro', Paeonia 'Morning Lilac', Paeonia 'Pastel Splendor', Paeonia 'Rosy Prospects', Paeonia 'Scarlet Heaven', Paeonia 'Sequestered Sunshine', Paeonia 'Unique'

Blooming today was Peony 'Hillary'

Paeonia 'Hillary', 2018 photo, (3-SD-R) Itoh intersectional Hybrid Peony, (Anderson, R.F., 1999), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Medium height, semi-double, creamy red petals, fades to cream with darker center, early midseason bloomer, Michigan Bloom Month 5-6, In Garden Bed S3 for 3.6 YEARS (Broo). Planted in 2014.

Award of Landscape Merit 2009. Planted 2014. Flower was quite ugly in the first year. Much better in the second year.

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This years flower was quite different than last years. Not sure which one I like better. Here is last years photo.

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May 28, 2018 6:50 AM CST
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Roger grew his cultivars at his farm 'Callie's Beaux Jardins' in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin before selling off first to Tim Kornder, then later again to Swenson's. He first sold to Tim because of his plant knowledge and training and deemed Tim would have a high potential for success with his stock, which is what any retired/semi retired hybridizer would wish for. Kornder passed away in 2009.

After the clause in the contract expired (where Anderson could not introduce any cultivars), which I believe was five years or something, Roger began working to introduce new cultivars again. A few years ago, Roger sold his stock again, this time to Swenson's. This time Callie's Beaux Jardins was sold too. Roger, I believe, still does some breeding work, and works with Swenson's to introduce. After selling his farm, he was looking at renting a small plot of land with which to work. I haven't spoken with him for a few years to know if this happened for him.
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May 28, 2018 3:35 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Peony 'First Arrival' was not the first to bloom...

"Paeonia 'First Arrival', 2018 photo, (2-DB-PK) Itoh Hybrid Peony, (Anderson, 1986), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Medium height, semi-double, lavender pink petals, dark pink flares, fades to light pink, no pollen, no seeds, early bloomer, Michigan Bloom Month 6, In Garden Bed E4 for 2.6 YEARS (Swen). Planted in 2015.

Breeder Roger Anderson, Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin, 1986. Deeply cut dark green foliage. Intersectional hybrid of Martha W. x Reath hybrid tree peony. One of the first Itoh hybrids from Anderson.

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May 28, 2018 4:48 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Wow, what a gorgeous lavender color!
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May 29, 2018 11:35 AM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
Cat Lover
Wow! Hillary is extremely double this year! And First Arrival is so pretty! Mine just broke the ground.
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May 29, 2018 3:41 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Paeonia 'Unique', 2018 photo, (3-SL-R) Itoh Hybrid Peony, (Anderson, R.F., 1999), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Medium height, single, red petals, red tipped carpels, gold stamens, fine cut foliage, few side-buds, fragrant, early midseason bloomer , Michigan Bloom Month 5c, In Garden Bed h2 for 2.6 YEARS (Swen). Planted in 2015.

Cross of Thunderbolt x Martha W. seedling.

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May 29, 2018 4:03 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Paeonia 'Julia Rose', 2018 photo, (3-SL-R) Itoh Hybrid Peony, (Anderson, R.F.), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Medium height, single to semi-double, cherry red petals, fades to an orange & yellow blend, dark green foliage, midseason bloomer , Michigan Bloom Month 5-6, In Garden Bed H2 for 2.6 YEARS (Swen). Planted in 2015.

Yet another intersectional from Roger F. Anderson, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. The rapid fade from cherry to orange to yellow is an interesting feature of this plant. Seems to be available from many nurseries.

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May 30, 2018 1:53 AM CST

'Unique', 'Rosy Prospects' , ,Going Bananas' and other Itohs looks ugly in Adelman Peony gardens, they have very small, very shrinkled, distorted and under-developed flowers. Itohs don't look reliable even in this famous peony garden.

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May 30, 2018 2:51 PM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
Cat Lover
I also don't like distorted flowers of some intersectionals and do not buy them. However, I found that in the field at Adelman's they look better than in the display garden. I was given a huge bloom of Unique in the field when I tried to find differences between this variety and Scarlet Heaven (did not find any then), that bloom was hidden in the foliage and grew really huge! perfect form also. I post a picture to prove it, unfortunately I am on this photo Rolling my eyes. New Millennium looked great anywhere. So there are some pictures.
Canary Brilliants
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Sonoma Yedo
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Scarlet Heaven and Unique
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Cora Louise
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Watermelon Wine
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Viking Moon
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New Millennium
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Sonoma Halo
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May 31, 2018 5:58 PM CST
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Well I love that photo, Anya! That bloom is amazing!!
I am so glad to see photos from the convention!
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
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Jun 4, 2018 5:13 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Paeonia 'Scarlet Heaven', 2018 photo, (3-SL-R) Itoh Hybrid Peony, (Roger Anderson, WI, 1999), USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8, Medium height, single, bright red petals, gold stamens, red-tipped carpals, dark green foliage, fragrant, midseason bloomer, Michigan Bloom Month 5c-6, In Garden Bed G4 for 4.7 YEARS (Swen). Planted in 2013.

An intersectional hybrid: Thunderbolt (Pollen) x Martha W. seedling (Seed parent). Anderson introduced only a few red peonies. Four come to mind: Peony 'Scarlet Heaven', Peony 'Kaleidoscope', Peony 'Julia Rose' and Peony 'Unique'.

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Jun 5, 2018 5:03 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Paeonia 'Julia Rose', 2018 photo, (3-SL-R) Itoh Hybrid Peony, (Anderson, R.F.), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Medium height, single to semi-double, cherry red petals, fades to an orange & yellow blend, dark green foliage, midseason bloomer , Michigan Bloom Month 5-6, In Garden Bed H2 for 2.6 YEARS (Swen). Planted in 2015.

Yet another intersectional from Roger F. Anderson, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. The rapid fade from cherry to orange to yellow is an interesting feature of this plant. Seems to be available from many nurseries.

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Jun 5, 2018 6:07 AM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Julia Rose looks very similar to Hillary in pics. Do you find that to be true?
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Jun 5, 2018 9:58 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
They looked quite different this year. Hillary is on the right.

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Jun 5, 2018 10:19 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Looks like I posted Peony 'Julia Rose' twice. Sorry about that.

So, here is another... this one has a very large flower!

Paeonia 'Cora Louise', 2018 photo, (3-SD-W) Itoh Hybrid Peony, (Anderson, 1984), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Medium Height, semi-double, White petals, lavender flares, yellow stamens, red filaments, slightly fragrant, midseason bloomer, Michigan Bloom Month 5-6, In Garden Bed S3 for 3.6 YEARS (Broo). Planted in 2014.

Flares are described as deep lavender, purple or deep red. Named after Anderson's grandmother. Roger F. Anderson (Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin) began hybridizing peonies in the early 1970s. He is best known for his intersectional hybrids.

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Jun 5, 2018 11:57 AM CST
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3a)
Cat Lover
Frank, your Julia Rose looks so full! And all your peonies look so healthy and happy! Beautiful pictures!
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Jun 6, 2018 8:11 AM CST
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Butterflies Garden Photography Hostas Hummingbirder Peonies Region: Tennessee
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Frank, they really are exceptional this year! Hurray!
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
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Jun 6, 2018 6:21 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
Planted this last year. Small plant, but it did bloom:)

Paeonia 'Going Bananas', 2018 photo, (3-SL-Y) Itoh Hybrid Peony, (Anderson, R.F.), USDA Hardiness Zone 4, Medium height, single, yellow petals, red flares, yellow stamens, Green carpels with yellow tips, lightly fragrant, midseason bloomer, Michigan Bloom Month 6a, In Garden Bed H2 for 257 DAYS (Adel). Planted in 2017.

Bred by Roger F. Anderson, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. An good landscape plant with fairly large flowers. Apparently it is named for one's reaction after seeing the flowers.


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Jun 6, 2018 6:37 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Beautiful itohs, Frank? Of all the Anderson itohs that you have, which one is your favorite?
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Jun 6, 2018 6:39 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
anyagoro said:I also don't like distorted flowers of some intersectionals and do not buy them. However, I found that in the field at Adelman's they look better than in the display garden. I was given a huge bloom of Unique in the field when I tried to find differences between this variety and Scarlet Heaven (did not find any then), that bloom was hidden in the foliage and grew really huge! perfect form also. I post a picture to prove it, unfortunately I am on this photo Rolling my eyes. New Millennium looked great anywhere. So there are some pictures.
Canary Brilliants
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Sonoma Yedo
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Scarlet Heaven and Unique
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Cora Louise
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Watermelon Wine
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Viking Moon
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New Millennium
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Sonoma Halo
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Gorgeous, Anya! I really like Canary Brilliants! Wow, I can understand why Sonoma Yedo is in such high demand and fetch a higher price. It is stunning!

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