It has been a long time with colder-than-average temperatures. Night times usually freezing, day times between 5-10°C. This results in plants not actively growing. Our peony broker sent out a newsletter today and in this mentions a lot of problems due to this. The main issue being young stems that fall over due to botrytis at ground level. That…Read More
First flower of the season outside and it’s only March 26th. P. kesrouanensis. Strong agreeable fragrance. The foliage develops further after flowering. Flowering times are usually compared to Red Charm. That one normally flowers May 10-15 here. So the offset is approximately 45 days earlier. I don’t have any other peony flowering this early
I guess the three months in a warm spot was good. That will have broken the first dormancy of the roots. But these roots will normally only start growing at intermediate temperatures, thus somewhere 10-15°C, not at low temperatures in the refrigerator. At intermediate temperature, which is lower than the ‘warm spot’ they will grow rapidly in a…Read More
I appreciate all of this amazing information. I am in the process of trying to germinate some Molly the Witch seeds. I had them in moist vermiculite for three months in a warm spot, three months in the refrigerator, and then I potted the seeds up according to the directions with gravel at the bottom, soil, sand and then chicken grit at the top.…Read More
The early peonies are coming out of the soil by now. Below is a current image of a very early hybrid which I intend to register with the American Peony Society (APS) this year. To do that, one must give a good description of the plant, so I’ll be taking a lot of pictures of this one. It’s grown from seed (as are (nearly) all new peony varieties of…Read More
The Forums have now been closed (except for the forum where you can comment on posts/articles from our ‘magazine’). It was from the beginning somewhat doubtful whether both a forum and an activity wall would not be confusing. If they would integrate well with one another I’d still stand behind it, but although the discussion topics do appear…Read More
Freezing cold outside and snow on the ground. In our unheated plastic hoophouses, the first peonies are peeking through the soil. Only the ones treated with Ga3 as yet, the other ones will surely follow suit. Half of the rows received this treatment. Two left rows are Old Faithful, four right ones The Fawn.
The American Peony Society just sent me their latest Bulletin. Lately they have done a lot of effort to make membership more attractive than ever before. Their website did receive a full revamp and for the future all past Bulletins wil become available online for members. That’s quite a treasure when you’re really into peonies. More information on…Read More
During my experiments with long term storage in ultra-low oxygen conditions one of the findings was that ethylene concentrations sometimes reached extremely high levels. As can be seen from the figures below, in 2019 the concentration of ethylene in...
It won’t be long before the specialized peony shops start showing their new offering for the coming season (harvest 2021). Most do this December/January so it’s a good idea to have a look at the website of your favorite trusted peony site to see when they’ll start their new offer as rare and new introductions are usually sold out incredibly fast.…Read More
Dec 5th today, Canary Brilliants which rebloomed end of July after cutting down, is still standing green. The few plants in the front left row that hadn’t been cut back (the ‘comparison plants’), have no green foliage left. Mowing them all today as frost and snow is expected the following days. That clearly marks the end of the 2020 peony activities.
A very interesting article on peony hybridizing, its’ past, present and future. Authors are nearly all from China, showing that, at least in the domain of exact sciences, they are top notch. It’s in an ‘open access’ journal, so freely available to read. Not exactly bed-time literature as one needs to have a clear head reading it, but well worth…Read More
Well, I was planning to browse through some old messages on the specialized yahoo groups discussion boards. I could find the groups I’m a member of, but could not locate any messages? After some searching I found yahoo has made some changes, some of them being ‘conversations, message history and attachments’ are gone. In short, all those thousands…Read More
Rozella, from my greenhouse (it’s a late blooming cultivar in fact). How to say this without overstating it? It’s a perfect plant I think 😀. Very sturdy straight stems, an immensely large flower. Floriferous. Clean closed bud. Dark green healthy foliage. It’s by far my favourite dark pink and I cannot recommend it highly enough. According to David…Read More
This is 44-T, an unregistered plant from Harald Fawkner. I’m starting to like it. It’s a hybrid with very sturdy stems and has large flowers. What makes it really stand out from the crowd is the flower form, this one has ‘Japanese’ flowers, meaning the stamens are transformed into very small staminodes, devoid of any pollen. This flower form is…Read More
Personal Awards Nominations Announcement Help give credit to a deserving APS member or contributor to the peony world APS has traditionally awarded three prestigious awards to members and others who make significant contributions to forwarding the peony. These awards are: A.P. Saunders Memorial Medal, Bertrand H. Farr Lifetime Achievement Award and American Peony Society Medal. Each award recognizes […]
Gold Medal Peony Nominations Announcement Each year the American Peony selects an exceptional peony for the Gold Medal. The award serves to honor the selected peony cultivar and at the same time is a recommendation to the public. APS is asking members to submit nominations through the APS Member Portal, of up to three cultivars, […]
About Rockii…Paeonia rockii is a Chinese species which has white flowers with dark basal flares. As a species it occurs naturally in the wild. There are numerous hybrids which incorporate P. rockii in their genetic lineage and are often referred to as “rockii hybrids”. The term “rockii Hybrid” is accurate to a certain extent as […]
A Member Benefit APS is proud to offer our members the ability to read The Bulletin online! Available to members only through the Member Portal, read the latest peony news, articles and other great content. Learn and enjoy by logging in. Go the the Member Portal and use the link The Bulletin – Online in […]
The food storage roots of well-grown healthy peonies will generally by symmetrical in outline and in cross section, smooth of surface. If there are branch storage roots, expect them to be smaller but otherwise similar. Also, by late summer, as we get into digging season, expect the current year feeder roots (those which have not […]
Gift - A.P. Saunders pauses before he begins hybridization, Clinton, NY, 1917. Sable brush in hand, amid cupped peonies drenched in sunlight, iridescent as fine china, the memory of my father blooms. The post Gift poem by Blaine Marchand appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
There are over 5,000 varieties of the common garden or herbaceous peony. Fall is the opportune time to plant your freshly dug roots. If you purchase a potted root these can be planted anytime of the year. The post Planting / Care / Drying / Cutting / Storing appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
WOW. Is there another word for Wow? This is definitely mind blowing! For the first time ever here at Southern Peony, we've had a Week 9 Bloom Season! That is probably very rare, especially for the South, where it usually goes from winter to summer in 1 week flat. LOL. I must say I am […]
Peony 'White Cap' in Dire Need of Support Day after day, I just couldn't take looking at it this way anymore. This Peony 'White Cap' just kept blooming and blooming. I thought at some point it would just quit blooming and I wouldn't have to watch the blooms keep opening on the ground, but it […]
It looks like the "Firefly"s came out this week. It is always so neat to see the wild, twisted, and striped petals on Peony 'Raspberry Firely' and Peony 'Pink Firefly'. Peony 'Candy Stipe' is always one of the last peonies to bloom in my garden, and I always look forward to it's peppermint like stipes […]
Herbaceous Peony 'Juliska' Giant Leaves 10 Inches Across So the foliage on the Peony 'Juliska' is not as large as the foliage that grew on my 2013 Peony Foliage on Steriods! Peony 'Bowl of Cream'. However it is still really, really big. I am wondering if this Peony 'Juliska' foliage will grow this large every […]
Intersectional Peony 'Gordon E. Simonson' WOW! That's all I can really say about this Giant Bloom on my Intersectional Peony 'Gordon E. Simonson'. Of all the intersectional peonies I grow, the flowers on this one are definitely the largest. This is actually the first year this intersectional peony has bloomed for me. I first planted […]
Kumar, S., A. Malik and V. Hooda. 2021. Drying of flowers: a money-spinning aspect of floriculture industry. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. Spring 10(1): 27-31. This article from India, summarizes methods used to dry/preserve cut flowers to expand options for businesses already selling fresh cut flowers. Dried flower products have been exported from India for […]
Illieva, I. 2021. Names of botanical genera inspired by mythology. GSC Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences Online press. 14(3)8-18. Author, Iliana Illeva, University of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria, explored the scientific names of plants and traced those that originated in Greek Mythology. Peonies are there, of course. The origin refers to the centuries-old use of peony roots […]
Flower growers are always looking for other products or marketing methods to add value to their main product- fresh cut peonies. I see a lot of ads and information about peony artwork, medicinals, tea, cosmetics, calendars, photography, and so much more. However, these researchers show that connections might occur in areas one would never expect. […]
Scientists at North Carolina State University conducted research into storage temperatures of peonies as cut flowers using three temperatures: -3.1C, 0.7C and 3.5C (26.4, 33.2 and 38.3F) in one experiment and -0.6C (30.9F) in another. Cut flowers were harvested mostly in stage 2 but some in earlier stages of opening. They were wrapped in newspaper […]
This paper highlights the use of flowers as a source of healthy phytonutrients. The review from the University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland is an extensive literature search of >100 species species that have been harvested for culinary and medicinal purposes. The list is amazing and includes traditional standards such as saffron, violets, calendula and […]