Few people have influenced the development of a group of flowering plants as much as Professor Arthur Saunders. Born in 1869, Saunders made a unique contribution to the development of peonies as garden plants. He trained as a chemist...
Finally, Hong’s third volume of ‘Peonies of the world’ has been published. We have some reading to do… It raises P. veitchii from subspecies to species rank and divides all species into seven groups. There’s obviously more in it as well, but we’ve only just received it an hour ago.
Peony season is over here. Here are some images of Old Faithful. An excellent dark red late flowering hybrid. One of the very best thanks to its’ strong stems and other good qualities. It does fade somewhat as you can see from the images below. IMHO it is at its’ best when just open and when placed in a vase the fading goes much more slowly.
From Green Works, a Dutch grower and exporter of peony roots. They have their own show garden with some 400 varieties. These are some of the early flowering highlights: Lois’ Choice, Paula Fay, Pastelegance.
Mr Sandman. A beige single, fading towards white. Large buds and flowers. Healthy plant with good foliage, stems good enough to hold the flowers upright. Rather late flowering for a single. Hybridized by Chris Laning, unregistered.
Féerie. Not only a peony perfume, but also a variety itself. Bred by French hybridizer Cayeux, introduced in the nineties. Unregistered it seems, although a seedling of it is, named Coral Silvertone. Clearly P. peregrina is involved here. It’s very tall, has good foliage and outstanding stems. Very sturdy and firmly remaining upright. Flower size…Read More
Age of Gold. One of the early Lutea-hybrids. A shrubby peony (or ‘tree’ peony if you like to exaggerate a little). Pretty flowers and color but the flowers are sideways hanging (the so-called ‘Lutea-hook’) and sometimes hidden in the foliage. Fragrance is very strong and, well, quite addictive.
Dipple Gowt. From Nilitz x P. obovata ssp willmottiae. There aren’t that many hybrids with willmottiae around. Saunders had his Silver Dawn which resulted, some generations further down the line, into Lois’ Choice and Sunny Girl. Dipple Gowt was bred by Fawkner more recently, a sibling of Bhutan and some others. It has a pale greenish yellow…Read More
Ballerina. Our favorite A.P. Saunders introduction. From the cross P. wittmanniana x P. lactiflora ‘Lady Alexandra Duff’. Saunders didn’t have too many doubles, definitely not in the first generation of his crosses. This is one of the very few exceptions and it really is an excellent one. Pale yellow flowering early in the season. Large flowers…Read More
We’ve been having crap weather for several weeks now. Still waiting for Corals and others to start blooming. Some varieties take the harsh winds, many rain showers and cold temperatures better than others. Vanilla Schnapps is one that really detests this: many dried up buds, open buds, damaged stems and so on. It really needs a sheltered position.…Read More
A few more days and the bulk of the standard hybrid cultivars will start flowering. Red Charm, Coral Charm, Command Performance, Cytherea shall Bloom the following week. We, and many others, are hybridizing for early varieties. As can be seen from the plants now flowering we’re advancing well.
Clearstream. Somewhat beige fading to white. Great plant habit, large buds, early. Comes from Claire de Lune x Estria. This plant and its’ father by hybridizer Thierry Rat. The mother Claire de Lune is from P. lactiflora x P. mlokosewitchii, which was a very difficult cross.
Paeonia mlokosewitchii, or at least some garden hybrid of it, I’m unsure whether this corresponds to the wild species. The leaflets are divided till 13 sometimes (5-3-5), which is unlike the species description of 9 (3-3-3). I have better yellows than this, but without doubt mlokosewitchii features in the ancestry of all of them.
pollen of a Chinese lactiflora cultivar ‘xianhefen’ and intersectional peony Hillary.
xianhefen’s pollens are plump and even,while most pollens of Hillary are shriveled with a few normal pollen. I tried to culture them，but neither germinated.
There’s no denying that The American Peony Society is doing great work currently. Despite its’ geographic denomination, it is recommended for every peony enthusiast worldwide to become a member. If you choose a digital subscription only, it’s quite cheap as well. Their latest publication of their Bulletin features a long article by Don Smith which…Read More
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
The American Peony Society is pleased to announce ‘Joker’ as the recipient of the 2021 Gold Medal Award. ‘Joker’ is a cultivar belonging to the herbaceous hybrid group, often referred to as a garden peony or bush peony. The plant was hybridized by William S. Bockstoce of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was acquired as a seedling […]
APS wishes to announce the availability of scanned Bulletins from the past through Hathi Trust Digital Library. David Michener, APS Director, has organized a “Member only” collection through cooperative efforts with the Library and APS thanks him for the stellar results. Hathi Trust Digital Library acts as a reservoir of materials scanned by various universities. […]
The latest Bulletin is now available through the Member Portal at: https://americanpeonysociety.org/member-portal/pages/the-bulletin-online/. Enjoy and have a great 2021 bloom season! The post Summer 2021 Bulletin first appeared on American Peony Society.
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 […]
Showing Peonies The following is quoted from the Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards for Horticulture and Floral Design, 2003 Edition. Five basic flower forms are generally acknowledged. Sometimes classes are combined into one when the number of entries dictates such action. For instance, doubles are sometimes shown with semi-doubles in one class and anemones are […]
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.
Perfecting Peonies by Blaine Marchand The peony gardens at the Central Experimental Farm hold one of the largest Canadian collections of peonies created by Arthur Percy (A.P.) Saunders. Born in London, Ontario, in 1869, both his father, William, and his mother, Sarah Agnes, were self-taught enthusiastic botanists. His father became the first Director of the […]
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 […]