Paeonies

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Hoy
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My last peony has still two flowers but I think they won't last the week out.

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

Hoy
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I have 15 seeds of Paeonia mlokosewitschii (picture). Too few to sent to seedex. Anybody who wants them?

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

Boland
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Peonies have lovely flowers but I wish they would last longer...such large plants for so little bloom time makes them unsuitable in my small garden. However, I have grown some from seed at work.  Paeonia mlokosewitschii does well (I also have seed but too few for the seedex's) and P. mollis bloomed for the first time this year.  I have yet to see blooms on P. veitchii.

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

Mark McD
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Todd wrote:

Peonies have lovely flowers but I wish they would last longer...such large plants for so little bloom time makes them unsuitable in my small garden. However, I have grown some from seed at work.  Paeonia mlokosewitschii does well (I also have seed but too few for the seedex's) and P. mollis bloomed for the first time this year.  I have yet to see blooms on P. veitchii.

Todd, I see your point, particularly with species such as P. japonica that have flowers that last only a day or two.

In addition to flowers, many species have fanciful seed pods, opening late in the season to reveal showy clusters of fleshy seed, bright red infertile ones and plumped up blackish fertile ones. I was touring a garden recently, and the "fruits" on several paonies stopped visitors dead in their tracks.  Some paonies do indeed look quite ordinary in foliage, others are gorgeous in foliage.  And lastly, some have attractive fall foliar color.  I have a couple common P. lactiflora hybrids that turn a warm orange color in late summer, lasting for a couple months in this stage.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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RickR
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Fall color for a couple months!? 
If that happened here, I would think there was something wrong with the plant... 

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mark McD
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RickR wrote:

Fall color for a couple months!? 
If that happened here, I would think there was something wrong with the plant... 

Yup, with this particular variety, named 'Koningin Wilhelmina', the foliage turns light orange in the summer, especially when it is hot and dry... it has looked this way since mid summer.  Just ran out to check my label, I planted this in 2004, and this one always colors up this way.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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Interesting color, Mark, of 'Königin Wilhelmina'! Does it get real fall colors?
Anyway, it is an interesting plant. Most peonies are dull when out of flower.

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

Boland
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Here are the pseudo-seeds on Paeonia mlokosewitschii..the real seeds blew off during the hurricane.

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

Fermi
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Peony season is in full swing here in the Southern hemisphere.
The first is one we've grown (in Australia) as Paeonia mascula ssp russii but there is a suggestion that it's actually P. kesrouanensis. Not looking the best this year, but that rose may have to go!

The next is Paeonia cambessedesii which I grew from seed.
cheers
fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Lori S.
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Lovely, Fermi!  A reminder of what to look forward to.
By contrast, the state of peonies here... so much interest throughout the season!

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

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