• 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 4 weeks, 1 day 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” 4 weeks, 1 day 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

  • So much of what he has to say about the excitement of peonies is exactly what people say today.  🙂

  • Bob replied to the topic How to post in the forum General discussion forum 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Koen,

    Am I right that members are not permitted to start tropics in the “Magazine” section ?

    I posted an article there once in the past, but now it says that the Magazine forum is locked.

  • Dear Luriel,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your misfortunes, but seeds mane life, and have a way of keeping us in the present it seems.  And keeping us looking towards the future as well.

    But mice, and creatures who eat out seedlings !  They are discouraging it’s true !  I’m sorry that they are causing you so many problems outdoors !

    If I am re…[Read more]

  • Bob replied to the topic Valkyrie (74H120-2) in the forum Magazine articles 2 months ago

    Yes, these things are certainly different than the lactiflora “cactus” things, and I’m excited by them myself.

    What I meant about varieties perhaps getting worse referred to some experiences I had this year.  We had a  long row of “advanced selections” which were basically divisions which were taken from seedlings which had not been divided b…[Read more]

  • Bob replied to the topic Valkyrie (74H120-2) in the forum Magazine articles 2 months ago

    While I don’t usually post pictures of my newest seedlings ( heaven only knows what they will look like when grown out further- sometimes they look worse rather than better… ) this should give you some idea of the ruffling I mentioned above.  P1070625

     

    P1070769

  • Bob replied to the topic Valkyrie (74H120-2) in the forum Magazine articles 2 months ago

     

    I found this quote from Bill, when included as part of this particular conversation, to be quite interesting :

    “Wouldn’t ruffling… be great when added into some peony flowers.”

    I believe the seeds Bill mentions were some of the seeds I purchased from him, i.e. ‘Old Soldier x Valkyre’ of which a fair percentage  grew out into red doubles.…[Read more]

  • I live in the land of late freezes.  We live at 3,600′ at the base of the Cascade mountains in what is basically the desert.  Once it clears off at night, it’s normal for temperatures to drop into the high 20’s.  We’ll normally get some level of frost for many nights before bloom time.  It’s been my experience that buds remain more resistant to…[Read more]

  • Luriel,

    I doubt that it’s micropropagation, if it has anything to do with the Corals !  They corals are  the very easiest peonies to propagate quickly, because of their adventitious nature, and would be the last peonies that one would want to use micropropagation on !

    Having said that, while intersectionals have been successfully m…[Read more]

  • Bob posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    I’m sorry to hear about the pest problems you had ! Botrytis can be a difficult thing to deal with. Is it in the old stems, is it lurking in the soil ? Has it made it’s way down to the crowns ? Aside from good hygiene, I suspect that a person has to spray. And spray preventively, before any symptoms show up. Not something anyone looks…[Read more]

    • Old Faithful is somewhat the exception to the rule here. It seems the petals can take water standing in the bud/open flower for a very, very long time before becoming infected with botrytis. I’ve never had any problems with flowers from them, notwithstanding the fact that the bud has a ‘rose-bud’ which is exposed to rain, cold and wind for a very…[Read more]

  • I’m sorry to hear about the pest problems you had ! Botrytis can be a difficult thing to deal with. Is it in the old stems, is it lurking in the soil ? Has it made it’s way down to the crowns ? Aside from good hygiene, I suspect that a person has to spray. And spray preventively, before any symptoms show up. Not something anyone looks…[Read more]

  • Bob posted a new activity comment 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    We’ve seen this specking effect show up in some of the hybrids too. I selected one seedling that showed this effect to bring back to my home garden, but it may be a few more years before I can try and make something of it. We have the APS National show here in Portland on the West Coast in a couple of days, and I know that I’m not the only one…[Read more]

  • Bob posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Bud covers seem to be a potential problem with many peonies. Some have this problem regularly, while with others it seems to be a season-to-season sort of thing. My sense is that in some circumstances, the bud covers simply can’t keep up, growth-wise, with the development of the petals inside. Salmon Dream usually looks good for me here, but…[Read more]

  • As some may know, my seedlings are located 150 miles from my home. It’s a tiring three hour drive across the mountains to get to them.  I drove over the day before yesterday, and after I arrived, we went through a block of 500 seedlings, and judged them all in about four hours.  Which works out to about 30 seconds or less per plant.

    It was i…[Read more]

  • Bob posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Al Rogers had a big row of this, back in the late 1990’s. He was friends with Bill, and that’s how he got it. I was new to peonies at the time, and it didn’t impress me much, but I believe that it must be a fertile tetraploid, and that may be what makes it special. Is it related in some way to Blushing Princess ? It might be. It seems strange…[Read more]

  • Bob replied to the topic Just Peachy in the forum Magazine articles comments 5 months ago

    ‘Blushing Princess’ parentage seems to bring good stems and larger plants with it, whatever it’s involved with. I’m seeing quite a few BP seedlings this year, and stem strength is a notable quality with many of them.

  • Bob posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    ‘Blushing Princess’ parentage seems to bring good stems and larger plants with it, whatever it’s involved with. I’m seeing quite a few BP seedlings this year, and stem strength is a notable quality with many of them.

  • Bob posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    Was considered one of the best-colored hybrid reds back in the 1970’s. Still a pretty good color today.

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