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Re: Peonies

  • Subject: Re: Peonies
  • From: Richard Apking <redfour@omni-tech.net>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 16:35:51 -0500

Hey Zem,

Certainly glad to hear from you and that you are alright.  I'm just so 
glad that both you and Jesse like the peonies, they've migrated to a lot 
of places in the US, and seem to be a hit where ever they've been sent.  
Happy Father's day to you all, Rich

Zemuly Sanders wrote:
> The peonies that Rich sent me a few years ago are the toughest babies 
> in my garden.  They continue to perform perfectly every spring.  
> Nothing bothers them.  Thanks again, Rich.
> zem
> zone 7
> West TN
> ----- Original Message ----- From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 6:45 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Peonies
>> Tricia, I have about 22 peonies, but I don't know the names of many.  
>> When
>> we moved here long ago - nearly 40 years now, I bought a special from
>> Wayside Gardens of  12 unnamed ones.  They have all bloomed and are
>> beautiful but I don't know names.  They range from two deep red - nearly
>> purple - bombe types to several different pinks and one large white 
>> bombe
>> and one white Japanese (single) type.  Since then, I have added quite a
>> few, and I have even forgotten the names of some of them, though I knew
>> at the time.  My favorites, I do know, are 'Gai Paree' and the very old
>> 'Festiva Maxima.'
>>  This website has a picture of 'Gai Paree'
>> _http://www.contrarymarysplants.com/peonies.htm_
>> (http://www.contrarymarysplants.com/peonies.htm)
>> Some do bloom earlier than others - I have a pink that is about 10 days
>> earlier than the rest - but the season isn't really very long.
>> A few years ago I visited a commercial peony farm that grew them for
>> the florist trade.  They said 'Festiva Maxima' was still their best 
>> seller
>> both as plants and for cutting.  They told us that for the longest life
>> of the bloom you should cut it when the flower bud is still tightly
>> closed but when it feels 'squishy' when you touch it.  I have found that
>> to be pretty reliable.  I won't disbud for bigger blooms as we are told
>> to do for flower shows.  There are often three or more blooms on a
>> stem, and I won't sacrifice the flowers.  I can usually find a pretty 
>> good
>> singleton if I need one for a show.  No shows at the right time this 
>> year,
>> though.
>> I haven't the least desire to move South - having grown up there - but
>> if I even thought of it, the idea of giving up peonies and lilacs would
>> cure me at once.
>> Auralie
>> In a message dated 6/9/2009 7:11:07 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>> pdickson@sbcglobal.net writes:
>> I just love peonies!  I totally missed mine blooming this year.  That 
>> just
>> happened to be the week I was gone to the Chelsea flower show.  Which 
>> was
>> great but I still missed my peonies.
>> I try to take in as many as possible because of how fast they fall apart
>> outside.  I didn't for years then someone convinced me to try cutting 
>> them.
>> Since that year I have cut and cut so that I can enjoy them longer.  
>> I just
>> really wish they bloomed for longer.  Maybe I should research different
>> blooms
>> to see if there are some that bloom early and some later.
>> What varities do you have Auralie?
>> Tricia
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