Here are some of my blooms for this week. Feel free to add your peonies photos to this post. Here is a new picture of Salmon Dream. The color is really pretty when viewed in person.
This post was edited by kousa on Sun, May 25, 14 at 13:50
Here is May Lilac.
Kousa they're absolutely beautiful!!! I do love the salmon color, congratulations!
Beautiful blooms kousa!
Here's Chestine Gowdy about 2 days ago. Its center has puffed out. I wish I could directly upload 2 pics at once. I'll post again a picture of what this bloom looked like today.
Here's Chestine today. Definitely weighted down but holding her own.
My Red Charm bloomed for several days now. Decided to cut it before the big storm.
I almost got Chestine Gowdy last year at a plant sale but they were sold out. It is so pretty with the pink petals and ivory pink center. I heard the fragrance is heavenly! Does it smell good to you, Anna? Is it a sweet fragrance or a rose like fragrance?
Joopster, your Red Charm looks great! I hope mine will bloom soon. Do you like its red color?
kousa, it's much deeper red than the pic, very deep red. The camera on my phone was not capable of capturing such a pretty color... lol
I love it. I think you will love it too.
I bought this one from a nursery and it was already blooming. The ones that planted last year haven't bloom yet either.
Heres what was supposed to be, Bowl of Beauty held up after a big storm last night
You had one of those too, mamasllamas?!! Storming all last eve and this afternoon, my entire garden is waterlogged! Finally did have a couple of blooms, though--a double red fernleaf that had one single stem and a single flower to grace it and Early Scout! Early Scout had several buds, hope this rainy week doesn't completely obliterate them! Yours looks like it took the rain amazingly well, still so pretty. The singles survive bad weather so much better than the fuller blooms.
Kousa, I think Salmon Dream has to be one of the most distinctive, beautiful peony blooms out there! I LOVE it!
AnnaA, I've been told Chestine Gowdy is one of the loveliest smelling peonies there is. What do you think? So pretty!
Joopster, that Red Charm bloom looks ginormous!!!
Here's my oh so lonely double red fernleaf bloom! Hopefully it'll have more bloom company next year!
And the first Early Scout bud to open.
Oh, I love your red peonies Liz! Your double fernleaf is gorgeous so is the Early Scout bloom. I can't wait to add these two to my garden. They are coming this fall from Fina Gardens.
Here is Mackinac Grand.
Here is Cytherea. Nice hot pink in its second spring.
Here is a Coral Charm, first flower on a second year plant.
Here is Coral Sunset to compare with Coral Charm.
This is Scarlett O'hara.
Wow Kousa, your garden must look absolutely stunning right now with all of those beautiful peonies blooming! Your Cytherea and Mackanac Grand are stupendous! I have Cytherea, have had it for several years, but it's never bloomed. I dug it up and moved it after your suggestion last fall, think it was too damp. Mine hasn't bloomed yet. I divided it when I moved it and gave a piece to another local garden forum friend and hers bloomed already! Karma just doesn't want me to ever see that bloom in person!
Here's the double red fernleaf in full bloom. That's pretty much the entire shrub this year, just a single stalk and bloom.
And here's the entire shrub of Early Scout. It had 5 blooms this year, got it from Fina last fall. I have 2 more that are ready to open any day, Claire de Lune and Rose Heart. Claire had 5 buds but 3 of them were never going to make it so I pinched them off. Hopefully it'll be more impressive this spring, was disappointed with the bloom last year(first year it bloomed). Rose Heart is full of buds, hope they both open before I leave for MI next week! I won't be too sad to miss mine because I'm going to see tons of peonies and other flowers this trip, UofM peony garden and APS convention. I'll be posting lots of pics when I get back!
This post was edited by LizinElizabeth on Sun, May 25, 14 at 17:17
They are all beautiful pictures! The reds are amazing and I absolutely love pink and salmon-coloured flowers. I recently saw a salmon-coloured poppy which is outstanding. I admit, I have never been attracted to the fern leafs, but the double red sure is cute, and they are available for buying in nurseries here. Liz, what do you mean that the buds weren't going to make it? On my plants, half of the buds that formed during emergence have disappeared, and I can guess at several reasons for it, but I'm unsure as the plant itself looks healthy. My biggest one started off with 13 buds and it looks like only 2-3 are actually going to grow and bloom. That is strange! Is that somewhat normal, then? (I assume 13 to 2-3 is still odd, but perhaps not as odd as I had thought?)
I don't know the names of any of mine. Some were already here when we moved in, but were moved to this location later. Others were gifts. I think I have 4 (possibly 5)different varieties. One, possibly 2 are darker pinks, 2 light pinks, and 1 white that was planted this spring, but the single bloom dried up :/ The plant itself looks good, so I'm optimistic for next year. It's my only white.
And this baby has been working on this single bloom for 5 years. I've waited for this day forever. It's a stand-alone planted next to the driveway. Not sure what's wrong with it, but it gets buds and then they shrivel up. As a latch ditch effort to make it do something, I gave it a strong dose of manure tea and it's going to bloom! I'm excited to see what it looks like when it opens up.
Pwin, the plant that I pinched buds on was Claire de Lune. It's one that, at least so far on my plant, only has 1 bloom/stem. I noticed last week that only 2 of the buds seemed to be increasing in size at all so I pinched out the ones that weren't getting bigger to give the other 2 a better chance. It's also customary for people competing or anyone wanting the largest blooms possible to pinch out side buds for those peonies that have more than 1 bloom/stem, I don't do that because I'd rather have a longer bloom season than the largest blooms possible!
Mrsmortormixer, looks like that will be a really pretty bloom, worth the wait!
kousa just found this thread-what lovely peonies you all have-scarlett ohara smashing-thought id put isnt she lovely on here-the peculiarities of peony pollination being what they are she could be a cross between faribo gold and bowl of beauty-or maybe not
mrsmortarmixer - gosh, I love the green colour on that bud. Do post when it blooms.
A delicate flower, davids10. Congratulations on your seedling. That's a long-awaited child.
Last night's rain seems to have encouraged a few more blooms out of this one. Is there a reason some of the blooms are full and some are not? I'm afraid they might be a little crowded, but I wasn't expecting 100% survival splitting and moving in mid-May through mid-June.
And another. Do either of these have names? It seems everyone knows what kind of flowers they have. I just know I have peonies.
Your peonies are a sight, mrs.mortarmixer. They look like fluttering butterflies esp. the white ones.
Beautiful peonies everyone.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures everyone! Kousa, do you hav any other pictures of May Lilac you could share? I am considering adding this one. How does it perform for you?
Hi growgirl. I wish I have more good photos to share. I had only one bud this spring from the May Lilac peony. Before the bud was fully opened, my sister had snipped it for her vase. The only other photo that I have of it is in a vase and it really does not present the flower very well. I believe Lizinelizabeth also purchased a May Lilac last fall. I hope she also gets blooms from her plant this spring and she may post more photos of this lovely peony. I really like it as its color is a beautiful lilac that my camera does not capture as well. May Lilac was bred by Dr. Saunders. Saunders peonies are just awesome. They have the most vibrant colors and last a long time. I do not think that you can go wrong with this peony.
It finally bloomed! Well, 3/4 bloomed. The right side seems to have a defect of some sort. It seems the petals are all there, but they just never gained any length. Is this just a fluke, or is this a symptom of something? It seems odd to have a peony not bloom for that many years and then pop out a single mutated bloom.
I cut off the last of the blooms to try to get the bigger buds to bloom. Sad that peony season is over.
Found this one hiding in the depths of the peony jungle.
Thank you Kousa! I think it just may find it's way to my garden this fall.
Oh my...the collection of peonies here are beautiful!
Here's Elsa Sass. I had to go away just when she was blooming so I missed her opening. It is a relatively young plant - 3 years now - and struggles since it doesn't get as much sun as the others. But, we took a tree down this spring, so next year we think it will do even better.
Rosella was blooming as I was leaving as well. So sad I missed my last 2 peony plants blooms.
kousa and LizinElizabeth, I think you both asked about the perfume of Chestine Gowdy - yes, heavenly!!
I've been in Ontario, Canada this week... their peonies are a couple weeks from blooming. If any Canadians are on this forum, I hope we see some of your blooms long after ours have faded.??
A couple of years ago you guys identified this one for me. This year it's covered in blooms. Thanks again.
P. Singing in the Rain
Hi peony lovers. Have not been back to post pictures in some time. Just do not have as much time as I would like to spend on computer. I agree about the fact that the cameras just can not seem to capture the great colors of deep ruby/garnet red. Some folks refer to "Red Charm" as beet red. What ever you want to call it does not matter, it is absolutely beautiful and one of my favorites. If you are looking for something in the same color try the shorter peony "Eliza Lundy" then try "Red Grace". Bomb type peonies.
Here is "Eliza Lundy" with some other peonies and iris..
"Circus Circus" from yesterday
"Soft Apricot Kisses". Will add more tomorrow if I get a chance. Happy gardening and keep the pictures coming.
My neighbor gave me these from her garden. Not sure the name, but they are gorgeous and they smell amazing!!
They look great hyperchickmom!
Elsa Sass - every picture I've seen of it is lovely.
My Pink Jitterbug didn't bloom this year. Illinoisdoglover, I will enjoy yours instead. You have a lovely garden.
I have seen the distorted bloom among my flowers - well, one. Another peony enthusiast has a few. We don't know why either.
Hope everyone is enjoying the pictures as much as I do........it helps when we are looking for other varieties. Thanks for all the comments. Here are a few more. Does anyone have a current picture of Commando? I was thinking about purchasing it last year and the year before but plans changed. Here is "Carol" opening today....a great red!
Kopper Kettle close-up
The mature ones I'm posting aren't mine.
Illinoisdoglover - I intend to get Carol next year as my first red. Would you recommend it?
I don't know the name of this one, but I can probably get it later.
This post was edited by pwin on Sun, Jun 1, 14 at 22:30
Unknown from a friend of one of my garden friends. Unfortunately, sadly to say.....she passed away and I was given several of her peonies without names. .
Sugar 'n Spice
pwinn: Yes I would recommend "Carol" . I had some previous pictures, can't find them. I moved it 2 years ago to this location. One more picture for tonight, "Command Performance". Hope I did not post this already, apologize if I did. Watching Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Wow, lots of nice peonies here. pwin the pink ITOH is probably "First Arrival".
This was supposed to have been Wladyslawa, but it isn't. I know I've seen this cultivar recently, too. It has a mild, pleasant scent. Came a week after FM.
Yachio-tsubaki before it opened.
The colour of it may be unusual as it's known for being dark red/maroon, but mine turned out magenta. I put a lot of stuff in the soil that may account for the change.
This one almost opened all the way and Koukamon never really opened. Both gorgeous.
Wow, Pwin, you have so many peonies!
It was supposed to be Kao, but I think it's Kokuryu Nishiki. Can anyone verify?
illinoisdoglover, I always love to see your beautiful peony photos. This year, your pink jitterbug and green lotus are just breathtaking!
pwin, you must be in peony heaven with all of these beautiful flowers blooming! Shimane Chojuraku is ethereal! Color is amazing.
Kousa: Did you ever get Commando? Please post when it blooms. Here is a few more pictures. Storm came thru and a downpoor........there goes the blooming peonies. This one was traded to me as "First Lady".
Kousa: Sorry for not acknowledging you kind comments....... loosing cable here, having problems with internet today. Thanks for all the kind comments. Love everyone's pictures, my list keeps growing. Running out of room. Here is "David Harum", should be a dark raspberry color.
Kousa, they did not bloom at the same time. In fact, I live in a microclimate where my trees bloomed 1-2 weeks before others in the rest of the city and herbaceous started blooming a week later!
Peonea, that does look like First Arrival. Nice one! I'll verify.
Littlebin, the mature ones aren't mine. Well, I have one that is mature but it barely bloomed as a consequence of planting the roots too deep - lesson learned!
Illinoisdoglover, beautiful pictures. I look forward to more! Which is your favourite peony? I heard you had quite a few. It was Liz who told me how much she was looking forward to your peony show.
illinoisdoglover, no I do not have Commando. I really like your "First Lady" peony - such lovely form and color.
Bartzella is now blooming.
Here are some of my pinks: Mrs. FDR
Here are the whites blooming now:
Minnie Shaylor, one of the nices semidouble white.
Miss America, semidouble white but form not as pretty as Minnie Shaylor
Mother's Choice, first year plant
Here is Gardenia, similar to Shirley Temple but much better form and stems are sturdier
Shirley Temple, flower is a bit bigger than Gardenia
Nick Shaylor, a very nice rose form white
Amalia Olson, best and purest double white
I am in Toronto. Only a few of my peonies are in bloom, but many have buds on them. Most of the bush peonies were here when I brought the house, others I got them from trades, so I don't have names for them.
Yellow bush (herbaceous) peony
White tree peony. I brought in the late 80's or early 90's from White Rose nursery.
White tree peony. Another pic.
Short red peony. Early and very hardy. The tuber is like those from a dahlia.
Any guess on the name of this peony?
Short red peony.
Short red peony. Some flowers are already finished.
Short red peony in bloom.
Another Japanese tree peony from White Rose Nursery purchased in the late 80's or early 90's. The original tree peony was red or pink, but it did not survive. I took the plant back, but this dark red/black plant appeared. The flowers only appeared on the bottom of the plant this year.
Dark red/black tree peony
My dark red/black tree peony looks better in 2006. What do you think?
More to come soon. I do have names for some.
This post was edited by Moxx on Wed, Jun 4, 14 at 1:49
And another bunch coming up. Too bad the blooms on these bush peonies don't last too long.
This post was edited by Moxx on Wed, Jun 4, 14 at 1:55
We went to the University of Michigan historic peony garden yesterday. Saw lots of beautiful blooms and Nichols Arboretum was gorgeous overall but... There was tons of space, probably around 50 acres overall. We went in the wrong gate and walked .8 of a mile (had markers so know for sure) to get to the peonies. The whole place was spaced out beautifully with lots of open space to enjoy but the peonies were crowded into a tiny area like an afterthought. They had around 400 varieties shoehorned in to a space around 30 by 80'. All of the beds are marked at one end with a communal tag which made it impossible to get a photo with the name of the plant in the shot with the flower. Don't get me wrong, seeing them all together like that is impressive but they have the space to make it amazing! If I had control of it and the huge number of volunteers I saw I'd remove the duplicate plants from the beds and reshape them slightly to allow more space between for people to get in and take pictures of the ones they liked and have them individually marked. Then nearby I'd start new beds with the peonies mixed in with other perennials and annuals to have an example of how to use them in beds that have other interest after the peonies stop blooming. There is easily enough empty space there to do both types of gardens and not feel crowded at all. Al of the raw materials are there already and a garden to walk through of mixed flowers would fit in with the feel of the place. I did take pictures but will have to wait until we get home to post them, look for them nest week along with shots from the APS annual convention!
Liz, sounds like you had a great time! Look forward to see your photos next week as my peony bloom season probably ends by then.
Moxx, that is the darkest and loveliest dark peony flower that I have ever seen. That is so pretty. Do you happen to know its name? I too seem to have a problem with yellowing of leaves of tree peonies too. The white tree peony is also very nice. Is your yellow peony macrophylla specie peony?
Hi Kousa (K of USA?)
The text with the pics above explains the dark red/black peony's background. After taking the pink or red dead tree peony back to White Rose, there must be something left behind; partial grafting material, seeds, or extra tuber which created this plant. If you like the flowers on this plant, there are many look alikes like this one:
Black Beauty Peony
Black Crown & Jade Bead Rockii Tree Peony
Black Flower King tree peony
Black Jade Paragon (Guan Shi Mo Yu ) Tree Peony
BLACK LOTUS (Chu Wu), Hatsugarasu Black Chinese tree peony
Black Panther tree peony [Saunders, 1948]
Just to name a few.
I don't understand "macrophylla", and I couldn't find this word in the dictionary. The origin of the Yellow bush (herbaceous) peony is from the breeder John Simkins (Canadian peony society).
Here are today pics on the Yellow bush (herbaceous) peony in bloom.
Kousa, the whites are fantastic - exactly the kinds I would get. You said my unknown looked like Mrs. FDR except that it looks nothing like yours. Now I peered into paeo.de and I see that many pictures don't look similar. Maybe the pink comes as the plant ages? This is the first year for mine. Is yours a small flower?
Moxx, you have wonderful tree peonies.The dark red is fantastic. How strange that this year most of the blooms are on the inside and at the base of the plant vs that shown in the pic taken years before.
Damn! this site was down before I could upload any more pics last nite. We had a brutal winter in Toronto this year, affected many plants. My White Meilland rose is extremely hardy, even this plant has many die back branches.
A new bloom today. It looks like it's a Kinko or Kinkaku tree peony. The tag doesn't have a name. Only label as "Tree peony No 33". This plant was purchased June 15, 2013. So far, there are 2 buds on this plant this year.
This post was edited by Moxx on Thu, Jun 5, 14 at 19:58
just beautiful, Moxx. It looks like Kinkaku to me. I love the coloring on this tree peony.
Fairy Princess Peony. A short type of herbaceous peony.
A new bloom today. This peony is from a package of no name peony roots from Home Depot.
I will get rid of the single peonies in this area and replace with a mass of red peonies (further above pics) and Itohs.
And a yellow tree peony just opened up. Looks like it's a Kinko.
And a plant picture of Kinko:
So beautiful, Moxx. I love the yellow pop of your tree peony and purple/blue in the background. Your pink single is also nice. It is unfortunate that you have to clear it to plant other peonies. Sometimes I will too have to make this choice as I am running out of beds to plant more varieties.
My very first....it just bloomed :D
Any idea what kind it is?
I got 3 last last summer...free for the digging. The other 2 have not bloomed yet but look to be a dark pink.
Sure worth the dig!!
wow, they are beautiful! I love the light pink color of your peony.
lilsprout, I am in Toronto. Tell me where to dig lol. Your plant could be a Raspberry Sundae. Stats: (Klehm, 1968), 28in tall, 36in wide, bomb double, mid season bloom.
Here are my blooms today:
Yellow tree peony with more flowers. The pink flower on the top of the picture is Campfire rose. It has a Peace rose look alike, smaller because it is not a hybrid tea, but much more hardy than Peace.
First peony from the pot luck peony area. These are misplaced peonies. I want to see the blooms before deciding to keep or discard.
I will keep this white double peony.
Another picture of the white double peony with Campfire rose in the back.
Kousa...I was so thrilled to see the color....I was hoping for pinks.
Moxx I wish you could have went with me. My sister did some digging with me....but she let hers die :( never even planted them. Something I'm sure you wouldn't have done! I Love your yellow ones!
It does look a raspberry sundae...wow so many varieties....
I'll be back with pics of the dark pink as soon as they open.
lilsprout, your noid has such a pretty pink color. Like Moxx, my first thought of it was Raspberry Sundae. This is my RS peony that bloomed this spring, second year.
This thread is getting too long to load. I am starting a new thread "Peonies 2014 #2" Please post your new photos there. Thanks so much.