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fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 31, 2010
12:56 PM

Post #7846157

I dont know much about leaf structure, nomenclature and so on but it has caught my eye recently and I think I'd like to learn! It has occurred to me that we always look at the blooms and not often the rest of the plant.
So this morning I went out and took some pictures and made a couple of collages. Now understand that they did not all emerg at the same time so I suppose if I took pictures always the same number of days from emergence it would lok a bit different but even so...
Heres the first one.

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fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 31, 2010
12:58 PM

Post #7846162

Heres the second one.
Sure lots of differences!

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ah3815
Kansas City, MO

May 31, 2010
3:03 PM

Post #7846519

Try to do the same thing this fall before the leaves drop. Some can have fantastic colors.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

May 31, 2010
3:12 PM

Post #7846534

Yes I always leave them up for the color!

Guess I better label those pics before I forget!

Im putting this here so I have a record of it:
1. Fancy Nancy,Mahoganny
Bartzella, Charm
Little Red Gem, Dandy Dan
May Music, Raspberry Sundae

2. Molly, Brian /Noid
Early Scott, Dearest
Raspberry Ice, Paula Fay
Coral 'n Gold Green Halo

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2010
6:35 PM

Post #7853514

Oh Fancy! What a wonderful idea. The leaves alone are really beautiful. I never would have thought to portray them so beautifully. Thank you!
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 2, 2010
6:43 PM

Post #7853538

I remember a thread in which people were talking about color in peonies. Here, in the bright sun, everything tends to bleach to white. Mrs. FDR (left), Cornelia Shaylor (center), Lady Alexandra Duff (left).

Obviously I posted this to the wrong forum, for which I apologize. I was posting to two different forems. This subject is so wonderful it should be focused on. I'll be more careful in the future.

Donna

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Oldgardenrose
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 3, 2010
6:19 AM

Post #7854548

That is a great idea of a leaf collage with the various peony leaves. Entertaining and educational. I have seen noticeable differences in shades of green leaf color, size and shape just among my junk peonies. A selection of known named peony leafs would assist in identifying noids.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 3, 2010
9:05 PM

Post #7857234

One of the things that annoys me whenI am hunting for pics of plants is almost all websites, nurseries etc focus on the flowers and rarely ever give you a good look at the whole plant or even just the leaves.

Now the next thing is I need to learn the naems of the bvarious parts and how they appear on the stem etc so I can describe them properly!



cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

June 4, 2010
12:03 PM

Post #7858729

It would really help if we could recognize sprouts in the spring. The japenese peonies bloomed earliest (after the tree peony). The stems are also different among peonies.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 4, 2010
2:24 PM

Post #7859126

Yes you are right - wish I had thought to do this much earlier- and write down dates too! Next year project!
Oldgardenrose
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2010
3:08 PM

Post #7859221

These are just random pics of some of my essentially noids. You may see some of the variations in leaves. You would certainly have a worthwhile project to catalog peony leaves and plant structures.

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Oldgardenrose
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2010
3:10 PM

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Oldgardenrose
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2010
3:12 PM

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Oldgardenrose
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2010
3:13 PM

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Oldgardenrose
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2010
3:15 PM

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Oldgardenrose
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2010
3:17 PM

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Oldgardenrose
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 4, 2010
3:19 PM

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DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2010
8:37 AM

Post #7863549

OGR, I just came back from the American Peony Society Convention in Janesville Wisconsin (along with some of my good pals from here) and I was fascinated that the gentleman who was running the show insisted that he felt peonies were better displayed without foliage. It's not a rule, mind you, and people can display foliage (and some did). But he felt it detracted.

There is something for everyone, but I really like seeng the foliage, and those with it had, for me, a little something extra special.
Oldgardenrose
Salem, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 6, 2010
10:06 AM

Post #7863835

I assume you mean by display is peonies in a vase or something like that. I still think a large blossom with a couple of nice green leaves looks better than a bare stem. In some instances, the leaves would be the only means of identifying some of the fern leaf hybrids since the blossoms are nearly identical.
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2010
4:06 PM

Post #7864750

Yes, OGR, thank you for giving me a chance to clarify that they were in vases. And yes, it would have helped with the identification of many flowers. And I simply find it attractive.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 6, 2010
5:23 PM

Post #7864970

I agree it wold look more attractive but I guess at these shows the flower is the only thing that really interests people -there are prizes awarded aren't there? And I would presume the people displaying the flowers undoubtedly know what they are!
DonnaMack
Elgin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 6, 2010
6:49 PM

Post #7865224

Ah, but it would help the swarms of viewers who ooh and aah afterwards! And I am very happy to tell you that there were many, from 5 to 90 years young.
ah3815
Kansas City, MO

June 9, 2010
5:06 PM

Post #7873808

Since I purchase for the foliage more so than the flower I also wish the catalogs had at least a picture of the growing plant. A additional picture of the leaf structure would also be nice. We just have to start suggesting this to the places that we purchase from. A few will listen which makes them a better place to buy from because, in my mind, if they listen to their customers they care about their plants. Of course there will be those that just will do anything to sell a plant.
fancyvan
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3a)

June 9, 2010
5:10 PM

Post #7873818

Donna I get my chance to ooh and aah next year when the Canadian Peony Society meets here. Probably not anywhere near the size of the US meeting but still...

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