First fully opened tree peony of the season. This is a single reddish-pink.
Peony Season is Here!!!
Oh be still my heart!!! That is lovely!! I can almost smell it from here!! I can't wait for you to post more!!
That's very pretty. I'm in line too.
I planted some single reds last fall so it will be a surprise if I even get a bloom this year.
Those are beautiful, soils - well you beat me this year LOL. I still have a week or so for my first blooms.
My peonies are only about 5 inches tall, but they are growing well. For now I have them in big pots. Don't know if they will bloom this year or not. Just have to wait and see.
The next day, all the blooms are in various stages of opening. I did not get much blooms this year. I have read in various posts that many people do not prune their tree peonies - I find that I need to to keep it from being too lanky. There are currently three tiers in this plant - I will cut the tallest branch way back to bring it more in line with the lower branches.
Ticker - the single red TP doesn't have much fragrance, but this next one - a double pink smells really nice. The one thing, ( good or bad, depending on how you look at it) is that peonies change so fast from day to day. The bad - You blink an eye, and it's gone (or you go on vacation and miss the whole blooming process) The good - you go out each day and it is a whole new picture.
This is the pink TP on March 25th - one bud showing color.
Soils, what a lovely plant. Your tree peonies are so much nicer than the ones in arboretums here - make me look at the in a completely different light.
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Soils, those are terrific! You are right about the "short lived" part, too.
All of mine are well behind where they were last year due to our colder than normal winter. The good news is that nearly every herbaceous peony I have has flowerbud(s) on it!
Look at those Beautiful Flowers...I'm wicked Jealous Soils. Mine are still in the stick stage with the new growth buds just starting to swell to open. Thank you for those pictures.
My Herbaceous Peonies in the ground aren't even at that stage Steve. Their just starting to turn red and push up through the soil. The Peonies I have in pots some have come up and budded others are still thinking about it.
Very beautiful peonies in action soils. The size of a tree peony bloom is magnificent, well worth growing, but never, ever take a vacation away during the bloom of it, yes, you are right!
Steve you aren't far behind either. Looking forward to bloom season, keep those pictures coming.
Thanks for the kind comments. Steve - what a variety you have growing there. Came home from work today and this is what I saw. ALL the buds have opened. I used the dusk setting on my camera because I did not like the harsh light of the flash, so the picture is a little blurry. LoL about the vacation, Magnolia. I have done that in the past.
A few years ago when one of my daughters was going to the senior ball, I went to the florist to pick up the corsages, and on a whim, I picked one of these pink tree peony blooms and gave it to her. She was thrilled - she has never been given one before, and I think she said that you really can't buy them. The single reds do not last long when you cut them, but this double pink has a fairly decent vase life.
And yes, as many of you have predicted as the standard rule of rain and peony blossoms, we are expecting a big storm tonight and more rain in the forecast all the rest of this week.
Donna - you should give tree peonies a try. They can be beautiful plants if you get the right variety. This was a Noid one that I got years ago so I have no idea what it is. The description was pink tree peony.
Love the pink tree peony. I wouldn't care what it's name was if I could have flowers like that. I just bought the rootlets, I guess thats what you call them. They are growing well. I'm hoping mine will bloom this year.
Donna, this is a nice pink one that is a strong, strong grower. Tree peonies, with their early blooming and huge blossoms are such a treasure.
Soils and Tracey, thank you for the wonderful suggestions for tree peonies. So gorgeous. And Steve, you have major action there. I'd better get out there and look around. Frost this morning - 60's today. Time to dormant oil the roses and lilacs.
Wow soils, absolutely gorgeous. You got a great picture there.
Moonstone. Also White Cap, Cornelia Shaylor, Mrs. FDR and others. I think I'm most excited about buds on my newest ones, like Lois and two new Festiva Maximas. I got a gorgeous bloom last year on a newly installed White Cap (thank you Steve!) and am very excited about its bloom this year.
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I over winter my Peonies in 2 gallon pots. I find that if I lay them on their sides for the winter and then bring them in the greenhouse to dry out in Spring for a few days the roots don't rot. I do find that I can only keep them this way for 2 seasons so have to either find a home with someone else or in the ground here.
You are more than welcome, Donna!! Let me know if you find more "room". And thanks for all of your generous gifts to me as well! I have to ask though - that looks like a peony root sitting on top of the soil in the last photo... Did it get frost-heaved??! :-(
Thanks mcgper - while I'm jealous you're able to do it at all, I am glad to hear it is only a temporary thing, even up where you are...I will just leave mine in the ground!
Steve - amazingly that peony didn't get heaved. I'm really happy to see Moonstone do that, actually, since I put it in several years ago, perhaps 2005 or 2006 (too deeply, no doubt) and it bloomed for the first time last year. There is such a cool story behind it. A gentleman named Murawska worked most of his life for the railroad, and once he retired focused on his real love, which was peonies. Moonstone is described as being perfection amongst peonies, with a bouquet that can scent an entire room, and with pink and white flowers simultaneously.
And - well - I have room for one more. I put reflectors around my peony beds but someone crunched a Festiva Maxima that had that unusual structure in which the eyes are at the top. It's near Moonstone and White Cap. I actually got quite inventive about placement. I put two FM's in a bed with the rose Constance Spry and amongst white and pink tulips, and they came through well - their little eyes are sticking out. So of my 14 peonies, 13 are happy and have broken dormancy. I am looking really forward to second year blooms on Lois and White Cap. And Burma Ruby! I installed some Virginia bluebells that broke dormancy, with Burma nearby and polemonium caeruleum. It should be a gorgeous combo! I promise to send pics.
It was 80 or close to 80 here today too. It's still 65 out right now. Going to be really warm again tomorrow and part of Friday, then we'll cool down to mid 50s.. All of your peonies are looking fantastic. Mine are still little pips. :) And not all have shown up yet... But it is early here, heck, we could still get snow..