Paeonies

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Hoy
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Well, Lori, your assumed intermedia is a lovely plant whatever the name be.

Mark, that 'Buckeye Belle' has a brilliant colour!

Peter, I think you do fine taking pictures in full sunshine isn't easy. And the motif isn't bad either ;D

I think I have to look for more deep coloured forms. When I see all your nice plants I realize mine are bleak :(

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

Tim Ingram
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I grow a number of species paeonies and I think the highlight in the garden is P. tenuifolia, probably the most requested species on the nursery. Did anyone grow plants from Jim and Jenny Archibald? Jim had a fantastic collection planted out in one of his polytunnels, including the extraordinary and rare P. parnassica with purple flowers like no other. I didn't buy seed but it was a lost opportunity. Another grower I know with a passion for these plants is Robert Pardo in France, where there is a big interest, and probably good climate, for growing tree paeonies - but he also grows many species and gave me P. mairei, which I hadn't come across before (as well as a very generous gift of P rockii). Gardeners are great people!!

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

Lori S.
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I only have P. tenuifolia 'Plena' (though I'd prefer to have the single form, actually) - unfortunately, its flowers have been somewhat spoiled by rain this year:

The first flower on P. veitchii has opened - interesting that the flowers are nodding, unlike on my other peonies:

Here is the mislabelled P. japonica... the leaves seemed to be "off" and I assume the pink flowers (vs. white) further confirm that it is not P. japonica.  Can anyone suggest an ID for it?
 

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

Hoy
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Interesting that you mention nodding flowers on veitchii, Lori. One of my unknown species has nodding flowers and I assumed it is a veitchii. Now am more certain of that.

Although your tenuifolia 'plena' is lovely, I do agree and prefere the single form. Unfortunately I have never acquired any :(

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

Lori S.
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Unfortunately, my double form of P. tenuifolia is incapable of producing viable seed, so I can't send you any even of that, Trond.

I did dig up some seedlings today of P. officinalis 'Anemoniflora' to pot up to give away - I thought they looked sort of interesting:

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

Hoy
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Thanks for the thought Lori!

I dig up several of seedlings from my P. lutea and do use the mower of the rest of them!
Here is a late flowering type peony not unlike P. delavayi but yellow.

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

RickR
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My kind of botany, Lori...

Typical hypogeal growth, where the root develops first, and then the root (not the seed) sends up a true leaf.

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

Lori S.
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Ah ha, I thought there was something interesting about the shiny black seed still being attached!  Thank you for the explanation, Rick!

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

Hoy
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Peonies germinate like the common peas! The cotyledons have taken the role that the endosmerm has in many other seed.

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

Lori S.
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Paeonia caucasica:

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

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