• I didn’t know Bartzella was able to rebloom as well. At the time of the hail-storm I also had Bartzella, but it did not regrow. But as a cut flower Bartzella isn’t very interesting anyway, it doesn’t hold well in a vase, whereas Canary Brilliants does (though it opens fast). Some hybridizers cut off the first stems of a double-flowering variety to…[Read more]

  • A few days ago we have received an invitation for all peony collectors and people interested in them. If you would like to add some (rare?) cultivars or species to his garden, it might be a good idea to contact Whistling Gardens in Canada.

    Hello,  I’m am the owner of Whistling Gardens in Wilsonville, Ontario.
    We have an extensive peony co…

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  • Hello Marina,

    Please have a look at the private message I’ve sent you.

    All the best,

    Koen Hurtekant

  • It’s a small world… The seeds of it I’ve just received are from Vlastimil Pilous. They are ‘wild collected’  and if you don’t know the difference between hellenica and parnassica, the mistake is easily made, more so if he doesn’t collect them himself. We’ll see. I got some P. clusii plants from him and, although still very small, they seem to…[Read more]

  • @jani if you know of a source for another three year old plant, I’d be very interested to know 🙂 I’ve once bought a small seedling, but as it turns out, it’s mislabeled. This year, for the first time after many years of searching, I was able to buy some seeds, only a few, but hopefully they’ll germinate and grow. Everybody I’ve spoken to that…[Read more]

  • This post is from Hannah, there seems to be a problem for her posting in this forum. We will try to solve it, for now copy/paste is the quick solution.


    Hi guys, and Happy New Year!
    The last days I have read some articles about making intersectional peonies. I found an article in Paeonia which is very hands on on how to make an intersectional…[Read more]

  • <p style=”text-align: justify;”>I don’t have any precise locations myself as unfortunately I’m not living in that beautiful country. But that map is from a (long) article on peonies in Italy, “N. G. Passalacqua & L. Bernardo (2004) The genus Paeonia L. in Italy: taxonomic survey and revision, Webbia, 59:2, 215-268.” I suppose you have it,…[Read more]

  • Bob replied to the topic Peony ploidy levels in the forum General discussion forum 2 months ago

    I can pretty much guarantee that Old Faithful is NOT a triploid, but a fertile tetrapolid instead.   It may have difficulty setting lots of seeds as a seed parent because of the physical nature of it’s carpals, but as a pollen parent it’s pollen sets seeds on other fertile tetraploid varieties just as well as pollen from any other tetraploid…[Read more]

  • khurtekant posted an update 5 months, 1 week ago

    Those interested to know more about the professional peony growing business in Alaska, a new article in Chronica Horticulturae (the members monthly magazine of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)) tells all about it.
    Holloway, P. “Peonies as field grown cut flowers in Alaska.” In: Chronica Horticulturae, vol 59, nr 3, 2019,…[Read more]

  • Gang,

    This is probably no secret to many of you, but if you are planting with the hope of digging and making divisions in the future, it’s best to plant young seedlings and single or double-rooted divisions horizontally on their sides.   When dividing and making planting pieces with the intent of digging the resulting plants in the future for…[Read more]

  • 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]

  • Last year Pietertje Vriend Wagenaar was honored with the Gold Medal 2018 and thus became the 2019 peony of the year (this year the award went to Angel Emily). For me it was a bit unexpected as I would have chosen

    • 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

  • Bob and Profile picture of HannahHannah are now friends 7 months, 2 weeks ago

  • Hello Hannah,

    Unfortunately it is not. I’ve tried several times but could never find usable pollen nor carpels. Cutting it down to promote growth of the secondary smaller buds didn’t help either, I got smaller flowers but they were still double.

    I’d very much like a seedling of it because it’s very good, but I’m afraid it’s a dead end when it…[Read more]

  • Hello all,

    I got an e-mail conversation with someone who thought it a good idea to hybridize for very late flowering peony varieties. “That’s a good idea,” is what I’m thinking here. My own hybridizing goals are within the early flowering ones, partly because that’s when I still have time to make some controlled crosses. Now it would be nice to…[Read more]

  • khurtekant posted an update 8 months ago

    An article about peony growing in warmer and colder climates to lengthen the season at both sides.


    • If you cannot click through to the article, then right click and choose ‘open in another tab’.

  • Hello,

    The peonies I grow in my garden don’t have any support. I only grow peony varieties that don’t need support. So I cannot add much to the discussion. Several of the lactifloras need support, Sarah Bernhardt amongst them and it is a widely grown one. But you could easily choose a variety with stronger stems (The Fawn for example). Same thing…[Read more]

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