• The American Peony Society (APS) has just posted their peony root online auction. Only for US residents. See: http://www.charityauction.bid/americanpeonysociety
    Auction is Oct 20-21.

    Welcome to the 2018 APS fall online peony auction!

    The American Peony Society is pleased to present its annual fall online auction, which is one of our premiere,…[Read more]

  • A lecture from A.P. Saunders, legendary peony hybridizer, in 1924 on the growing of peonies. The text is from one of the nearly abandoned yahoo peony groups, but unfortunately there is no exact reference to where

  • Most people visiting this website come from the USA, google analytics tells me. Many will know how they are grown there and much information can be found in publications about peonies (Al Rogers’ ‘Peonies’ for

  • Those are truly nice flowers. Don’t know about the bush habit and other characteristics, but would you expect the flowers to change a lot when the plants are more mature? From single to double, sure, but these are (airy) doubles and I guess the colour will not change as well. I really do like that flower form. There are several ‘cactus-dahlia’…[Read more]

  • Henry Chotkowski has mailed me the following images of White Vanguard, the ‘better’ one #79H14-1.

    First image shows the bush habit with free standing blooms and foliage to the ground; Photo 2 is a freshly opened bloom; and Photo 3 is a bloom a couple of days older.

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  • Nearly all peony lovers will know “Carsten Burkhardt’s Web Project Paeonia” that lists thousands of peonies, both registered and unregistered, with descriptions and images. There’s also a library of peony articles, Saunders crosses and links to sources of peonies. It would be the best peony site on the web if it were still up-to-date, but adding…[Read more]

  • The reblooming experiment goes well. Two rows with 100% of the plants growing again. Less stems of course and several of them without a flower bud. We’ll count at blooming time. Another partial row with old stems just cut off next to them. There are several plants remaining for comparison and maybe we’ll try somewhat later, although at one tim…[Read more]

  • The Peony Society posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    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]

  • 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]

  • APS 2018 Online Fall Auction All Interested Persons are Invited to Join Our Auction by Becoming an APS Member Preview Auction Items: October 15 – 19, 2018! Auction Bids Accepted: October 20 – 21, 2018! http://americanpeonysociety.org/events/fall-online-auction

  • Show and AGM: 2019, June 21-23. Our judge is booked for this event: Reiner Jakubowski. Reiner Jakubowski is the International Registrar for all new Peony introductions in USA, Canada, and any other country who is participating. Volunteers Welcome: We welcome those interested in assisting with the upcoming Peony Show. We are building our team for…

  • For those Dutch-speaking readers, the current issue of ‘Greenity’, a two-weekly professional magazine, features Peony Shop Holland (see ‘nurseries’ in the menu above). In three months time it will become available online for free in the archive at http://www.greenity.nl/magazine/archief . There’s also an article about phytophthora in peonies, the latest…[Read more]

  • The American Peony Society (APS) has just proclaimed the peony ‘Pietertje Vriend Wagenaar’ as the 2018 Gold Medal Winner and thus as the Peony of the Year 2019. Rumor has it, however, that this plant might be

  • The Peony Society posted a new activity comment 5 months ago

    The flowers tend to hold quite well. Five days later now and the flowers still look good. Here’s a close-up of a flower that was open back then. It has paled of course but there’s still some pink blush on the sides and I think it’s still very attractive.

  • The flowers tend to hold quite well. Five days later now and the flowers still look good. Here’s a close-up of a flower that was open back then. It has paled of course but there’s still some pink blush on the sides and I think it’s still very attractive.

    Td-later

  • Both Early and Late Windflower have been growing here for several years. As many will know, they are extremely vigorous, growing very fast into a large clump with a lot of stems and flowers. They are highly

    • Vigor is right ! These are very shy to make seeds, but the few seeds that I have gotten have produced some the very most vigorous seedlings that I’ve ever grown, in all my years of growing seedlings.

  • The Peony Society posted a new activity comment 6 months ago

    Hello Bob, no it wouldn’t. It flowers well before Kathy’s Touch and the likes, but the real early one is what I currently call my ‘daurica coriifolia hybrid’ (but is has too many leaflets to be that). It’s a very late year this year, but last year I had open flowers of it April 9th growing outside, about one month before Red Charm that is.…[Read more]

  • Adelman Peony Gardens has their offering online. A well-known nursery offering many recent introductions. Some of their extensive list: Peppermint, Sonoma Yedo, Sonoma Surprise, Sonoma Halo, Gordon E. Simonson,

    • This year they (briefly) offered “Kristin Joy” a Laning peony that I provided the divisions that they started their stock with. Lanning offered this variety at the same time he offered “Lois’ Choice” but I’ve yet to hear of another person besides myself that purchased it from him. A single, particularly floriferous, and one of those varieties that stands out in the field for it’s bright red color. As I understand, they sold out of it within the first few days that their catalog was available. One other interesting thing : All of their tree peonies are offered as bare root divisions, and are grown in the fields and divided in the same manner that normal herbaceous peonies are. These divisions can be enormous at times. Their plants of “Alexander Woollcott” were great looking and very vigorous in the fields last spring, so they would be a great source for this sometimes-wimpy-grower and often hard to find variety. They should also have “Helen Matthews” another rare “flag red” hybrid like AW available in a couple of years.

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