Paeonies

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Mark McD
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Doesn't look quite right to me, but when it flowers, we should know better.  Here's a shot of my P. japonica from 2010.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

The same unknown from the front yard (a hitchhiker with a daylily order, some years ago)... looking rather like the subject of a Redouté painting...

Paeonia anomala, starting to bloom... soon to be followed by a few others!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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The unknown one is very nice, Lori! You have to take care of it! BTW I thought Redouté painted roses? ;)

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Lori S.
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Well, he painted lots of roses but not strictly roses...
http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en&q=redoute%20paint...

I don't really think it needs any special care at all (none of them have got any to date) - herbaceous peonies seem to be pretty well indestructible, aren't they?

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

I realize that peonies are probably done blooming in most of the northern hemisphere but here goes...
The first flower open on P. mlokosewitschii:

P. officinalis 'Anemoniflora' (I've always wondered about this cultivar name?) in bloom:
 

What I assume now to be P. intermedia(?) (from the ID of Anne's plant at the SRGC forum); this name is a bit confusing though, as it seems to be used for quite a different plant in Halda's Paeonia... ?

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

Lovely Paeonies everyone, I should grow more of these as I'm a big fan.  One that just finished up is 'Buckeye Belle', a shocking deep red one.  This year the plant is smaller than last year, and with fewer blooms, I believe showing the effect of last summer's draught on a number of plants that seemed weakened this spring.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Okay, not done blooming yet!  Excellent!  'Buckeye Belle' is an exquisite colour, Mark.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Peter George
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Joined: 2009-09-03

My hybrid Peonies are just beginning to bloom, but all the species except one have gone by. The one that IS blooming, P. lactifolia, is spectacular, and I think it's the best one I have. I have two plants, each 4 years old, and the one in the slightly raised western portion of my rock garden has been blooming for 4 days. The flowers are so bright that I've had difficulty photographing them and given my utterly primitive level of skill, I'm not sure I'll be able to take any decent photos, so these will have to do. The first is from yesterday, and the second photograph is the 2nd plant blooming last year, because it's still waiting to show its stuff this year.

Peter George, Petersham, MA (north central MA, close to the NH/VT borders), zones 5b and 6 around the property.

Lori S.
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Joined: 2009-10-27

Wow!!  :o :o  I don't have any that are so brilliant as that!  Stunning!

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Mark McD
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Joined: 2009-12-14

That's a beauty Peter! Need to wear sunglasses looking at that day-glo pink. 8)

One that bloomed a couple weeks ago is Paeonia wittmanniana.  The flowers are nice but not that showy; the foliage is bold and heavy-textured, I like it better for the foliage than the the flowers that only last 2 days.  Here again, fewer flowers this year, no doubt set back from last year's summer drought.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

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