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Ipswich, MA

December 26, 2011
11:00 AM

Post #8943260

Picture of a peony moved and moved again as I have moved. It came to me originally from a friend of my mother's, Ellen Bulllis of Meriden CT. who grew and hybridized peonies (so I was told) in the thirties and gave it to my mother. Anyone seen it, or know it?

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Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 26, 2011
3:41 PM

Post #8943492

It looks similar to Sea Shell, but that was apparently hybridized by Sass in 1937. Nice bloom.

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Kansas City, MO

December 26, 2011
8:00 PM

Post #8943730

Probably one that the gifter hybridized herself. Unless someone has her records you will never know what it was called. I would just use the hybridizer's name as the name.

Very nice single what ever it is called.
Kansas City, MO

December 26, 2011
8:10 PM

Post #8943742

I did some checking the spelling of the name was MRS. ELLEY SWINDEN BULLUSS. She only registered one peony which was a red listed with the American Peony Society.

Peonies like this is one of the reason's I like to purchase less known breeders plants.


Lexington, MA
(Zone 6a)

January 1, 2012
10:46 AM

Post #8950056

The foliage looks to be rather small and slender. That might give some clues as to to parentage of this hybrid. It is lovely. Isn't it wonderful how a peony that we've had in our family can seem so possessive of us? I love that about peonies.
Ipswich, MA

January 9, 2012
10:25 AM

Post #8960637

to ah3815 I am so touched that you looked up Elley Swinden Bulluss. I never saw it written, sounds right.

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