The American Peony Society is pleased to announce ‘Joker’ as the recipient of the 2021 Gold Medal Award. ‘Joker’ is a cultivar belonging to the herbaceous hybrid group, often referred to as a garden peony or bush peony. The plant was hybridized by William S. Bockstoce of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and was acquired as a seedling […]
APS wishes to announce the availability of scanned Bulletins from the past through Hathi Trust Digital Library. David Michener, APS Director, has organized a “Member only” collection through cooperative efforts with the Library and APS thanks him for the stellar results. Hathi Trust Digital Library acts as a reservoir of materials scanned by various universities. […]
The latest Bulletin is now available through the Member Portal at: https://americanpeonysociety.org/member-portal/pages/the-bulletin-online/. Enjoy and have a great 2021 bloom season! The post Summer 2021 Bulletin first appeared on American Peony Society.
Personal Awards Nominations Announcement Help give credit to a deserving APS member or contributor to the peony world APS has traditionally awarded three prestigious awards to members and others who make significant contributions to forwarding the peony. These awards are: A.P. Saunders Memorial Medal, Bertrand H. Farr Lifetime Achievement Award and American Peony Society Medal. Each award recognizes […]
Showing Peonies The following is quoted from the Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards for Horticulture and Floral Design, 2003 Edition. Five basic flower forms are generally acknowledged. Sometimes classes are combined into one when the number of entries dictates such action. For instance, doubles are sometimes shown with semi-doubles in one class and anemones are […]
The food storage roots of well-grown healthy peonies will generally by symmetrical in outline and in cross section, smooth of surface. If there are branch storage roots, expect them to be smaller but otherwise similar. Also, by late summer, as we get into digging season, expect the current year feeder roots (those which have not […]
Gift - A.P. Saunders pauses before he begins hybridization, Clinton, NY, 1917. Sable brush in hand, amid cupped peonies drenched in sunlight, iridescent as fine china, the memory of my father blooms. The post Gift poem by Blaine Marchand appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
Perfecting Peonies by Blaine Marchand The peony gardens at the Central Experimental Farm hold one of the largest Canadian collections of peonies created by Arthur Percy (A.P.) Saunders. Born in London, Ontario, in 1869, both his father, William, and his mother, Sarah Agnes, were self-taught enthusiastic botanists. His father became the first Director of the […]
There are over 5,000 varieties of the common garden or herbaceous peony. Fall is the opportune time to plant your freshly dug roots. If you purchase a potted root these can be planted anytime of the year. The post Planting / Care / Drying / Cutting / Storing appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
WOW. Is there another word for Wow? This is definitely mind blowing! For the first time ever here at Southern Peony, we've had a Week 9 Bloom Season! That is probably very rare, especially for the South, where it usually goes from winter to summer in 1 week flat. LOL. I must say I am […]
Peony 'White Cap' in Dire Need of Support Day after day, I just couldn't take looking at it this way anymore. This Peony 'White Cap' just kept blooming and blooming. I thought at some point it would just quit blooming and I wouldn't have to watch the blooms keep opening on the ground, but it […]
It looks like the "Firefly"s came out this week. It is always so neat to see the wild, twisted, and striped petals on Peony 'Raspberry Firely' and Peony 'Pink Firefly'. Peony 'Candy Stipe' is always one of the last peonies to bloom in my garden, and I always look forward to it's peppermint like stipes […]
Herbaceous Peony 'Juliska' Giant Leaves 10 Inches Across So the foliage on the Peony 'Juliska' is not as large as the foliage that grew on my 2013 Peony Foliage on Steriods! Peony 'Bowl of Cream'. However it is still really, really big. I am wondering if this Peony 'Juliska' foliage will grow this large every […]
Intersectional Peony 'Gordon E. Simonson' WOW! That's all I can really say about this Giant Bloom on my Intersectional Peony 'Gordon E. Simonson'. Of all the intersectional peonies I grow, the flowers on this one are definitely the largest. This is actually the first year this intersectional peony has bloomed for me. I first planted […]
Kumar, S., A. Malik and V. Hooda. 2021. Drying of flowers: a money-spinning aspect of floriculture industry. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. Spring 10(1): 27-31. This article from India, summarizes methods used to dry/preserve cut flowers to expand options for businesses already selling fresh cut flowers. Dried flower products have been exported from India for […]
Illieva, I. 2021. Names of botanical genera inspired by mythology. GSC Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences Online press. 14(3)8-18. Author, Iliana Illeva, University of Forestry, Sofia, Bulgaria, explored the scientific names of plants and traced those that originated in Greek Mythology. Peonies are there, of course. The origin refers to the centuries-old use of peony roots […]
Flower growers are always looking for other products or marketing methods to add value to their main product- fresh cut peonies. I see a lot of ads and information about peony artwork, medicinals, tea, cosmetics, calendars, photography, and so much more. However, these researchers show that connections might occur in areas one would never expect. […]
Scientists at North Carolina State University conducted research into storage temperatures of peonies as cut flowers using three temperatures: -3.1C, 0.7C and 3.5C (26.4, 33.2 and 38.3F) in one experiment and -0.6C (30.9F) in another. Cut flowers were harvested mostly in stage 2 but some in earlier stages of opening. They were wrapped in newspaper […]
This paper highlights the use of flowers as a source of healthy phytonutrients. The review from the University of Warmia and Mazury, Poland is an extensive literature search of >100 species species that have been harvested for culinary and medicinal purposes. The list is amazing and includes traditional standards such as saffron, violets, calendula and […]