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Lori S.
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Hoy wrote:

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

Wow, what an amazing bud count, Trond!  It must have been spectacular to see all through the bloom!

George wrote:

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.

George, both are gorgeous but the first P.lactiflora is especially stunning!  I've never seen a peony with that sort of substance to the petals.

Well, I never did get a good picture of P. anomala, which is finishing its bloom now.  Getting snowed on a couple of times did not help the its form, or that of any of the peonies, which are all somewhat splayed out now!
But anyway, here are a few to date:
1) P. anomala
2) P. officinalis 'Anemoniflora'
3) This plant, which I've assumed is a P. tenuifolia hybrid since the leaves are somewhat wider than my other P. tenuifolia, is starting to bloom.  Any thoughts as to its ID?  Edit:  P. intermedia?
4) A freebie out in the front yard, which came along with a daylily we ordered... guess I should be able to figure out its lineage from the leaves.

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

Lori S.
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And... P. mlokosewitchii, starting to bloom:

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

Kelaidis
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Your Paeonia anomala, Lori, looks very much like what I saw last June in Kazakhstan, although the form in the Altai is usually a bright magenta. My form is also a softer pink: it has a huge range and I suspect varies quite a bit over that range.

Your mlokosewitchii looks even brighter yellow than mine. I blogged recently about our peonies (at the Gardens and my house):

http://www.botanicgardensblog.com/2010/05/29/let-us-now-praise-peonies/

For every minion of the peaks there are a dozen steppe children growing in the dry Continental heart of all hemispheres still unknown to horticulture.

Hoy
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P. mlokosewitschii flowers are history but here are some others: (The name of the Chinese plants are unknown)

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

Mark McD
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Trond, all those paeonies are beautiful, but the unnamed Chinese one really captures my attention.  Did you grow it from seed?  What's the source?  Have you tried keying to the Flora of China, if you believe it to be a wild plant and not a cultivated hybrid?

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Lori S.
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And, for Panayoti... while you consider which movie star beauty with which to compare its "billowy charms" (great description!  :) from Panayoti's blog: http://www.botanicgardensblog.com/2010/05/29/let-us-now-praise-peonies),  here's another P. tenuifolia.  The fact that this one is a buxom, double-flowered form must be taken into account... (Hmmm, I'm tempted to suggest Jane Russell - loved her in the role as the smart, wise-cracking pal in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.  Or, if we're going for more refinement, Rosalind Russell - not so buxom but absolutely brilliant and hilarious in His Girl Friday. :D  Is it obvious that I grew up in the movie theatre that Dad ran?  But I digress... back to peonies!  :) )  

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

Hoy
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McDonough wrote:

Trond, all those paeonies are beautiful, but the unnamed Chinese one really captures my attention.  Did you grow it from seed?  What's the source?  Have you tried keying to the Flora of China, if you believe it to be a wild plant and not a cultivated hybrid?

I have not yet tried keying the plants. It is the first year with such well developed flowers. Last year the flowers were small and rudimentary.
If I remember right (I have told you before, Mark, that I am not good in keeping records of my plants!) I bought the plants as small roots from a Chinese nursery (Chen Yi, you probably have heard of it) some years ago.

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

Mark McD
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Hoy wrote:

If I remember right (I have told you before, Mark, that I am not good in keeping records of my plants!) I bought the plants as small roots from a Chinese nursery (Chen Yi, you probably have heard of it) some years ago.

Well then, buying from Chen Yi says something and rules out certain possibilities... your Paeony is almost certainly of wild origin (all her stuff is wild collected >:() thus your Paeony being a nursery hybrid or cultivar can be ruled out, and nearly 100% of stuff she sends out is misidentified... the only thing to count on is... it is indeed a "species from China", and as such, one needs to go through the keys and check the identification regardless of what name it was sent under.  Or, just enjoy it as Paeonia sp. China.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Hoy
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McDonough wrote:

[Well then, buying from Chen Yi says something and rules out certain possibilities... your Paeony is almost certainly of wild origin (all her stuff is wild collected >:() thus your Paeony being a nursery hybrid or cultivar can be ruled out, and nearly 100% of stuff she sends out is misidentified... the only thing to count on is... it is indeed a "species from China", and as such, one needs to go through the keys and check the identification regardless of what name it was sent under.  Or, just enjoy it as Paeonia sp. China.

I read about her wild collected plants in our bulletin last year (?)  after buying twice and have not bought from her since. I do not think the peonies had a name either, just a description.
But thinking of it, it is a (small) possibility that the plants are from seed gotten from HPS (Great Britain). Have some other plants from that source.

Even being a little disappointed about the plants origin, I enjoy the plants!

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

Lori S.
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Hey, it's still peony season here in the northern hinterlands!  I've got a couple that haven't even bloomed yet.

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

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