Some of my spring blooms

illinoisdoglover(z5IL)June 1, 2013

Here is one of my unusual peonies, Green Halo. Does not have large blooms, but is definitely worth adding to the gardens.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Here is a close up of Green Halo.

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KarenPA_6b

That is very unusual! And it looks light green?

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Another favorite of mine, Peppermint Patti

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Ok, have a little more time so here is Brides Dream from 2012, has not bloomed this year yet.

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sandyslopes z5 n. UT

Nice photos! Peonies are so pretty, I always wonder why people don't post more pictures of them. I've never seen any of these before. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 2:58AM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Thanks for the compliments. I will try to post some more pictures, sorry I did not most earlier. Love, Love peonies! The Green Halo actually has a light green colored around the bottom guard petals.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Pillow Cases

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Pink Jitterbug

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Peppermint Stick

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

More pictures while I have time.....Do Tell

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Roy Phearson's Best Yellow

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

More to come some other time. One last one, Circus Circus

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 7:19PM
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KarenPA_6b

Wow, you have a very nice selection of very unusual shape peonies that I have never seen before. I just love Pillow Cases. I think it is one of the most beautiful color peony.

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lizbest1(5)

Beautiful flowers, Marsha! That Bride's Dream is probably the prettiest white I've seen. And the Green Halo and Circus Circus.....WOW!! I love some of the newer fancy blooms...do you have Bric A Brac? That one looks like a parrot tulip in the photos. I had one but it didn't survive, spring planted and it just never flourished and was gone the next spring. Ordered another for fall delivery as well as a few other fancies; your photos almost make me long for fall! Only it needs to wait until all of my current peonies open!

    Bookmark   June 2, 2013 at 9:28PM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Kousa, I will attach another picture of Pillow Cases, it is a beauty. The petals remind me of crepe paper. Almost transparent.
Lizin: Yes,, I also think Bride's Dream is probably on me of the prettiest whites, most are on the cream side. I do have Bric A Brac . One of my peppermint series. I will see if I have a picture, I had parrot tulips years ago and lost them also. I generally do not buy tulips anymore. I dislike having to put poison on the bulbs or chicken wire to protect them from being eaten. They are beautiful tulips though. I too long for fall, but so enjoy the spring blooming season the best. I have some other new peonies that I purchased over the last few years and this should be their first season to bloom, can't wait. I'll be back with more possibly tonight. Let's see what someone else posts. Here is a picture of my tree peony, Kinshi from last year. I will download some from this spring later on.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2013 at 10:21AM
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KarenPA_6b

That Peppermint Stick is absolutely gorgeous! I bet they make a beautiful bouquet.

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peony05

Nice. Your Kinshi is a beauty. Does the flowers flop or need a staking?

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 9:59AM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

It is amazing when they are all in a bouquet, I have not taken any pictures of my bouquets in a few years.

The Kinshi is a tree peony, I do not stake them. I will download another picture after work tonight. Meanwhile here are a couple more.

The tree peony is an unknown, I am sure I could look it up, but was able to get it at a bargain price a few years ago and did not care if it had a name.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:33AM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

This one was sold originally as "Senorita", now I see it sold as "Beautiful Senorita". This was not taken this year, but from a previous year.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

This is a close up of "Crinkled Linens" taken this year.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Raspberry Firefly taken 2012, I will see if I took one this year.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Scarlet O'Hara

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

More peony pictures. enjoy. Coral Supreme

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Coral Sunset

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Gold Rush

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Flame

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Red Charm

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 10:22PM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Thought everyone would enjoy this one. One of many river snakes. He is also trying to stay dry.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

One more for tonight. Vanilla Twist.

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peony05

Wooh! The snake scared me off. Is that a venomous type? He just messed up your tree peony bloom.

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KarenPA_6b

I am not too crazy about the snake either. I think if I come upon it, I would run for the hills. Your coral supreme looks jsust "supreme". Of all the corals, which one do you like the best? Coral sunset looks rather washed out. Do you like it?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 11:11AM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

The snake is not venomous. He surprised me also, and the tree peony had already bloomed. I have never seen one crawl up into the bushes like that before, they usually are laying on the ground somewhere in my garden on the riverbank.

It is so hard to say which is the best coral. Each plant has its own characteristics. The Coral Supreme was huge this year and actually was one of our favorite corals. Coral N Gold is beautiful for a single, yet we like the washed out look of the Coral Sunset. Now that did not help at all did it, sorry. Here are a few more pictures, some I did not get a chance to take new photos of this year. The drought last year has caused many of the peonies to develop smaller plants and small buds. Many did not even bloom this year. Meanwhile, enjoy some pictures of my peonies from previous years. Peony "Show Girl"

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Soft Lemon Kisses

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Silver Dawn Mix (apricot) They bloom in pastel colors, when you order them you never know what colors you will get. Very early bloomers.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Silver Dawn Mix (pale pink)

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Silver Dawn Mix (pale yellow) one of my favorites!

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

NOID pink Tree Peony

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 4:58PM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

One more....another NOID Tree Peony

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mantis__oh

Beautiful Senorita really caught my eye. That penultimate pink tree peony is also a looker.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 8:00PM
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katob Z6ish, NE Pa

I really enjoyed your pictures, thanks! Your plants look great and I love all the variety you have.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 9:41PM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Now it is time for some other peony lovers to show some of their pictures. I am always looking for new ones. Does anyone grow Commando?
I have been looking for this one for quite a while, but Klehms Songsparrow has been having crop failure on this one for the last few years. This is just a reference picture.

Oh, and yes , I am glad everyone enjoyed the pictures. I will add more some other time. Happy gardening.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 10:05PM
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lizbest1(5)

Mine are just starting to bloom. I have 2 shrubs that are teasing me--they've had buds with slivers of color for 3 days now....with all of the beautiful blooms you have I can't imagine what it must look like after a few perfect weather years! Gorgeous!

    Bookmark   June 5, 2013 at 11:33PM
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Tina_n_Sam(CT-Z6)

Beautiful peonies!

Oh, wow on the Commando. My mom used to have red peonies in her old house. Since I am on a peony kick, I have been noticing all the peonies around here but haven't seen red ones. Nor at the local nurseries (all the big retailers).

:-o to the river snake!

-Tina

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 7:54PM
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Normelly(5a)

Here is a photo of my Teni TP. Could this be your pinkish NOID TP?

    Bookmark   June 6, 2013 at 9:01PM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Lizin, yes, it takes a few years but Oh the rewards when they come into bloom. You need a great variety of very early, early, mid, mid-late and late bloomers to be assured the blooming season always has peonies. Great with the iris when they are blooming and other perennials.

I think my tree peony is much pinker. I will try to look back thru some old papers and see if I have any information, Seidi comes into mind. Thru the years, I have been able to purchase some unmarked Tree Peonies and I also have many NOID herbacious peonies.

Tina n Sam, in order to get some really nice peonies, you must try the professional growers. Most of the Big Box stores and local garden centers only care a half dozen or so peony varieties. Try Klehms Songsparrow and Hollingsworth Peonies . They are great places to start.

Normelly, that Teni is a beauty. Love them all. It looks more lavender than mine. Let's see more peony pictures, I know there are more of us peony lovers out there.

Here is Charles Burgess.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 1:08AM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Largo

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 1:10AM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

This tree peony started out red years ago and now blooms two colors on one bush. Probably have its name somewhere in the records. Will try to find the pictures from when it only bloomed red.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Another NOID tree peony.

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KarenPA_6b

All your peonies are amazing. Wish I can grow all of them. Your Silver Dawn mix is very unique. Is Commando a good red? What is special about it?

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 8:37AM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Kousa: It has been on my list for the past 10 years or so. I found a picture of it in a garden magazine and according to all the information and the beauty of the peony, I wanted to add it to my collection. It is suppose to be a Bomb type, very intense deep red. I will keep looking till I find one from a dependable grower. Doesn't the color just speak for itself?

Yet, "Red Grace" was amazing this year. I can not seem to capture the intense deep magenta-true red or perhaps a carmine-red that it really is. I am going to try a better sd high definition card for my camera, hope that will help. I usually only have to set my camera on auto and it does the rest.

What zone are you? The Silver Dawn Mix surprise you when they bloom for the first season. I have been moving the pale pink ones to a certain area and gathering the yellows to plant in another area of my garden. Love the yellows. I am attaching "Soft Apricot Kisses" from last year. It is prettier than the actual picture. Hope the next picture will show the apricot color better.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 10:10PM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Looks like I do not have another picture of "Soft Apricot Kisses" on this computer, will have to do some research back thru many sd cards.

Meanwhile, this is the reference picture of the "Silver Dawn Mix" when I ordered them. So you can see, you do not know what you are getting unless you get them from someone that has already went thru the process of ordering mystery peonies with a known name.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2013 at 10:17PM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

"Kansas", should be deeper in color but this was taken with the sun shinning today, a rare thing around here.....usually cloudy and raining.

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Nancy zone 6

Beautiful pictures, love the peppermint types & Apricot kisses especially. I need to check out my Red Charm, next year now since mine are finished. I think mine is fuller than yours. Got most of my peonies from box stores, so some have turned out to be wrong, but I still love them.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 7:54AM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

ngraham: I am adding a few other pictures of Red Charm. The first one I posted by the moose was a younger plant. So hard to capture to the truly lovely color. It is one of our favorites. I will try to see if I have a picture of a shorter peony that is similar in color called. "Eliza Lundy".
I have so many sd cards with perennial pictures that is so time consuming to go back and find the correct photos I am looking for. This year is a different story, since so many peonies along with other perennials suffered from the drought last year and had to deal with the flooding we had in April and standing water. Here is another picture of "Red Charm", the color should be much deeper.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 10:23AM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Red Charm again

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 10:29AM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

more "Red Charm", still having trouble capturing the intense color of this peony and others. Perhaps it is the sd card. Computer is the same, my Canon G9 camera is the same and I am still shooting with the auto feature, any suggestions? I take pictures at all times of the day. Will be back later tonight. Looking forward to other peony lovers pictures.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 10:42AM
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KarenPA_6b

They are all incredible pictures. Once you have a couple of peonies, it does not take long to add to it over the years. Although I have only started last year, I already have more than 20 different peonies. This year, I will probably add another 10. The reason that I ask you about the Commando peony is how it differs from Red Charm and Henry Bockstoce. I have both of these. I love the Henry Bockstoce because of the bloom, the color, and the most wonderful sweet scent, better than all the scented peonies I grow. If you really want the Commando, I may know of someone you can order from. This is the first time I order from him, so I cannot attest to the quality or reliability. I just sent him an email if I can share his info with you. If he says ok, I will give you his contact info. I saw him listed Commando peony for $25/root. Shipping is at cost. If you want to wait until after I receive my order this fall, then place your order, I can tell you more about my experience.

Karen

    Bookmark   June 8, 2013 at 12:42PM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Hi Karen: Thank you, and yes I would be interested in purchasing Commando. As I stated, according to some reference pictures I had, I decided to add "Commando" to my want list. Looks like it should be another BOMB type, deep intense color. I have Henery Bockstoce also and love it also. "Red Grace" is a beauty, one must get that one. I am waiting for "Highlight" to bloom for the first time. It is also suppose to be another huge bomb type deep carmine/red. I have about another dozen or so on my want list, it is scary.....I just can not stop collecting them. I will try to add more pictures tomorrow. Trying to type and watch the hockey playoffs. We are in the second period break. Send me an email, flowersbytheriver2@comcast.net Here is another NOID tree peony.

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Nancy zone 6

Well, duh, I don't have Red Charm, I have Red Magic, that might explain it :) Should never have depended on my memory, especially right now! My photos of Red Magic are completely off, it is a deep red but my photos make it look more pink/almost purple.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

ngraham: You must get "Red Charm". There is no comparison. I have still not sent a perfect picture which captures the beauty of "Red Charm". The older the plant gets, the larger the blooms. You will not be disappointed with it. I hope I can find some older pictures that actuall show the true color. Most magazine photos usually do not do it justice. Meanwhile, here is tree peony "Seidi".

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Has anyone grown "Mr.Ed". It can have white , pink and white/pink blooms all on the same bush. Look at this unique picture I took a couple years ago.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

last one for tonight. "Mrs. F.D.R.", again sometimes the photos just do not capture the pure beauty of the peonies.

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KarenPA_6b

Mrs FDR is a beauty. I have to get this peony. You just have helped me to identify a mislabeled peony. I ordered Carina last year and this is the bloom this spring which clearly is not Carina. At first I thought it was Many Happy Returns but it looks a lot more like Eliza Lundy. Thanks again.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Kousa: Yes. Mrs. F.D.R is a beauty, such soft delicate pink. I was going to purchase Many Happy Returns but have not yet. I will look up Carina. My "Eliza Lundy" is a shorter peony, very intense color and so many petals compacted into a small bomb. The color is similar to "Red Charm". Here is a couple pictures of my "Eliza Lundy". If you like shorter peonies, it is a nice one. I am waiting on Little Red Hen to produce another bud for it's second season. See next picture of "Eliza Lundy' again.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Another picture of "Eliza Lundy" with various plants. "Eliza Lundy" is in the front.

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Little Red Hen ( rain did a number on her, but she is a nice shorter peony)

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Silly Sally (second year picture taken after rain also.......rain, rain go away )sorry, I do not know how to turn the picture here....any suggestions)

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

NOID peony. but oh so beautiful

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Silly Sally close-up

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Command Performance (again effected by rain )

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Show Girl (this picture show the many stages of Show Girl all on one shot)

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 8:59PM
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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Cora Louise tree peony first year bloom

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 9:01PM
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donna_in_sask

Your peonies are all beautiful. I would be hard-pressed to pick a favourite. I really like the Coral Supreme - got that in a flower arrangement years ago and it made an impression on me. I would certainly buy it and that Red Charm if it were available in my area. The only one that I have of the ones you've posted is Kansas. Do you have a fern leafed peony too? Mine was spectacular this year, with over thirty blooms on it.

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Nancy zone 6

Love the dark eye on Cora Louise, & Silly Sally is really different, I like the name for it too.

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

Donna; Yes I have double fern leaf peonies and recently purchased some single fern leaf peonies. Not sure if I took any new pictures this year. With all the rain and flooding we had this spring, it came and went to soon.

Ngraham: I can not wait to see Cora Louis a few years from now when it has several flowers. I have a white NOID that had 50 blooms in one season. It was amazing.

I am waiting to see if my Itoh Lemon Dream and Kopper Kettle will bloom this year. Prairie Charm and Prairie Sunshine has not bloomed yet. Does anyone have these? Garden Treasure bloomed but was smaller than normal.

Here is Officinalis Rubra Plena.

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Officinalis Rosea Plena

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illinoisdoglover(z5IL)

The Fawn, first year bloom. Can not wait to see what this beauty will look like in a couple years.

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another view of The Fawn

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 8:28PM
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lizbest1(5)

Hi Illinoisdoglover--did any of your newer peonies bloom this spring? My peony season was kinda blighted this year--way too much bitter cold followed by crazy hot temps for spring. I'm hoping for a better bloom season next year....
If you took more pics I'd love to see them!!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 11:16PM
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pwin(7)

Thank you so much for posting those pics, particularly of Green Halo and Pink Jitterbug. I ordered them this year. There are too few pics of labeled peonies over the internet.

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jadie88(7 MD)

IDL, thank you for taking the time to post your lovely photos! I am putting together my fall list, and seeing your peonies was very helpful (though it doubled the length of the list...:)

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amhkgn(7b)

Your peony blooms are just gorgeous!!!!

Could your red and white tree peony be Shima Nishiki?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 7:02AM
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petrushka

I don't have any of my own plants to show, but here's a few blooms from NYC Bronx botanical garden from past may 2013. these are all tree peonies. they have a very nice collection. I put some shots into paint program to get a composite shot.
may be you know what they are, I did not take the labels, just the blooms.

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peonyroselover123

One of my Chinese tree peony bloom in my backyard 2012

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peonyroselover123

Flower in 2012

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lizbest1(5)

Illinoisdoglover, Adelman's has their 2014 catalog online already and they have Commando, listed for $60 so one of the more expensive ones but it sure it pretty!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 5:41PM
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ryseryse_2004

I am very new at this - bought Cora Louise and Bartzella last year as 'Itoh peonies'. You say your Cora Louise is a tree peony - are these terms interchangeable?

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KarenPA_6b

Cora Louise and Bartzella are intersectional peonies, They are a result of cross breeding tree peony and herbaceous peony. This resulting hybrid creates a NEW peony class called intersectional peony or Itoh hybrid, So their class name should not be interchangeable. If you want to learn more about itohs history, check out this website.

Here is a link that might be useful: Itoh peonies

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 7:23PM
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lizbest1(5)

Some people in warmer zones say their Itohs don't die down to the ground, like tree peonies. If yours did Ryse Ryse don't worry, mine in zone 5 behave like herbaceous and have died down to the ground every year.
Even the tree peony name is kinda a misnomer, they're more like medium to large desiduous shrubs. The blooms on most of them are incredible, though!

    Bookmark   January 13, 2014 at 11:12PM
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