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 :(
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!
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.
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?
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm
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 :(
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:
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.
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
Ah ha, I thought there was something interesting about the shiny black seed still being attached! Thank you for the explanation, Rick!
Peonies germinate like the common peas! The cotyledons have taken the role that the endosmerm has in many other seed.