• Dear Hanna,

    Sorry that your question sat here for a while unanswered.  I was not paying as much attention as I should have !

    I understand what you mean.  Should we see differences when we do a “reverse cross” ?

    My sense is that theoretically there should be some differences.  I’m not very knowledgeable about genetics, but since no one with mo…[Read more]

  • Dear Paul,

    It certainly was a pleasure to read your article. Hybridizers often work in semi-isolation it seems, so it was interesting to see how many conclusions that you and I share. As you said, wonderful looking seedlings don’t always look as wonderful as they first did, when we originally saw them. “Advanced selections” from seedling…[Read more]

  • Bob commented on the post, A battle of equals 3 weeks ago

    I’ve had signs of this same sort of speckled pigmentation show up in some of my herbaceous hybrid seedlings. Nothing as dramatic as happened with ‘The Fawn’ but it does seem like a phenomenon which can show up in other instances too.

    Bob Johnson

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  • Heidi,

    Well, there has to be a reason for all the foliage that persists after bloom time, or else why would it stick around ?  Granted, the plant needs to stay healthy until it ripens it’s seeds in the fall, so perhaps that’s the main reason it hangs on.  But it’s also reasonable to think that it’s building up it’s food supplies for the next s…[Read more]

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  • Bob commented on the post, Christina 7 months ago

    It’s interesting that Mr Krupke said that the prominent carpals on ‘Cristina’ would not make seeds for him, while at the same time, it’s pollen is good. This may (or may not ! ) be the case with other

  • Great to see you here Carsten, and wishing you success with bringing your site up to date.  I know there will be quite a bit of work involved, but even so, it is a wonderful site already.

  • Years ago now, Bill sent out a very few seeds which involved WV breeding, and I managed to get one double white seedling from them.  In turn, I used it’s pollen, along with pollen from ‘Greenland’, in a big hybridizing push for early white doubles. Pollen from the seedlings involving WV seemed to give notably better results than seedlings using…[Read more]

  • Koen,

    I don’t get too much botrytis at my home garden – our volcanic sandy soils drain all too well, and our desert climate is naturally dry.  But I do get some of it sometimes, and I see it on certain seedlings at the nursery sometimes as well.

    Really, the only conclusion I’ve been able to draw is that plants which grow in a particularly…[Read more]

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  • Paul,

    I’m not sure there is anything special about these flowers per say , but as they are seedlings, given some of the things that Steve was using as parents in his breeding program, if we knew what the parents were they might be of interest to hybridizers.

    I know that Steve formally registered several varieties with interesting parentages, but…[Read more]

  • Bob replied to the topic Paeonia species videos in the forum Magazine articles 10 months ago

    Thanks for these !   Very informative I thought.

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  • Bob replied to the topic “Serendipity” in the forum Magazine articles 10 months ago

    Koen,

    I think you are right about Blushing Princess.  The thing tends to make very vigorous seedlings and large plants.  My sense is that it’s children often carry these same qualities.  Bill used it a lot, so his things carry it too.  BP tends to “grow old” in my sandy soils though, and over time I’ve had to get rid of a few of them, and at thi…[Read more]

  • From the Facebook ‘Planet Peony’ group by Bob Johnson, May 24, 2017. As it’s hidden in the ‘stream’ of activities in that group, it’s unlikely that you’d easily find it, which is a pity as it’s an informative

  • Bob replied to the topic “Serendipity” in the forum Magazine articles 11 months, 1 week ago

    Looks pretty encouraging Koen !

    This spring I had a row of about 100 seedlings that bloomed, which were part of a push I made to get good early white hybrids. We selected 16 of them to dig and divide, and then grow for another rotation. Of the 40 seedlings of Lemon Chiffon x Greenland, I think we kept one. Of 26 seedlings of Blushing…[Read more]

  • Bob commented on the post, "Serendipity" 11 months, 1 week ago

    Looks pretty encouraging Koen !

    This spring I had a row of about 100 seedlings that bloomed, which were part of a push I made to get good early white hybrids. We selected 16 of them to dig and divide, and then

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