• 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]

  • Thanks for these !   Very informative I thought.

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  • Bob replied to the topic “Serendipity” in the forum Magazine articles 1 month, 3 weeks 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 2 months, 4 weeks 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]

  • 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.  🙂

  • 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 4 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 4 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

     

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  • Bob replied to the topic Valkyrie (74H120-2) in the forum Magazine articles 4 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 6 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]

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