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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.