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Hoy
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Paeonies

I have several paeonies, mostly started from seed. One of the first to flower is P. mairei, obtained from Glendoick Garden, Scotland (better known for their rhodos). This spring P. mairei is unusual late.
Pictures show two different plants one more red in the leaves and the flower buds are more globular.

Boland
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Not familiar with that species.  Our peony are only about 2-3" tall at this stage....June-July is our peony time.

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Mark McD
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I'm not familiar with P. mairei either... not sure how large the genus is but it seems there are many more species that I know about, I'm a newbie when it comes to Paeonia and I only have a few types.

Two Paeonia species opened recently, adter two days of warm sunny weather (82-86 F, or 28-30 C), P. japonica, and P. wittmanniana.  The general appearance of the flowers is similar, but P. japonica is a smallish delicate plant with white flowers, growing in an open shady location, and P. wittmanniana is an imposing tall brute with cream flowers, which is growing in full sun.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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At last! Here are the flower of P. mairei! Some weeks later than last years.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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I had one flower open today on P. anomala, which is a week earlier than last year (which was, however, a late spring) - will follow up with a pic when more open. 
I'm excited that P. mlokosewitschii (bought as a 2-year old seedling in '07, if my records are correct) has really bulked up this year and will have 3 blooms!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Hoy wrote:

At last! Here are the flower of P. mairei! Some weeks later than last years.

Trond, now that the buds on P. mairei have finally opened, they are indeed beautiful.  A number of folks on SRGC Forum showed blooms of this species weeks ago, but you are obviously in a late-spring area... looks like they were certainly worth the wait.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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McDonough wrote:

Trond, now that the buds on P. mairei have finally opened, they are indeed beautiful.  A number of folks on SRGC Forum showed blooms of this species weeks ago, but you are obviously in a late-spring area... looks like they were certainly worth the wait.

I know, but I had to show that they finally opened! And the spring is much later than normal due to extraordinary cold nights for weeks.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Hoy
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Skulski wrote:

I had one flower open today on P. anomala, which is a week earlier than last year (which was, however, a late spring) - will follow up with a pic when more open. 
I'm excited that P. mlokosewitschii (bought as a 2-year old seedling in '07, if my records are correct) has really bulked up this year and will have 3 blooms!

I have both species and they are as advanced as yours!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Boland
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I have that peony too Lori...grown from seed.  Took 4 years to reach blooming size.  5 buds this year but not as far advanced as yours...my leaves are still quite purple...probably from the cold!

I have two other species grown from seed, but the tags blew away.  One will bloom this year for the first time, the other still has no bud after 6 years!

Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Zone 5b
1800 mm precipitation per year

Hoy
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Today P. suffruticosa rockii (from seed several years ago, now more than 40 buds!) opened.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Peter George
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Over the past few weeks I've had most of my peonies open. First came P. mascula, the blooms of which were truly  ephemeral. The buds opened, the winds came, then the rain, then the petals became history. 1 beautiful day. Following that was the bloom of P. veitchii, which I have had for 13 years and which is almost 4 feet in diameter. The blooms have been opening for almost 4 weeks, and today the final few are done. I got 1 bloom from my P. suffruticosa rockii, which is 4 years old. This was the first bloom, but it was beautiful! And now I've got two P. lactifolias in bloom, which I purchased from Harvey Wrightman 2 years ago, which he grew from Halda seed. This had been a particularly good year for my peonies, and it portends well for the next few years as they grow and mature.

Peter George, Petersham, MA (north central MA, close to the NH/VT borders), zones 5b and 6 around the property.

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