For what ever reason this peony really likes where it is planted. It grows larger every year and sent out some runners about two feet away. The flower buds are close to opening. Xuling
Before and now
Xuling, I don't know how old the peony is, the the growth is not so unusual. I'm just surprised that it is making buds in zone 9b! It will be awhile before those buds open. What is the difference in time between the two photos? Please send a photo when it blooms. I know there a few varieties that will bloom in warmer zones.
Hola cathy166, I can't remember how old the plant is, maybe 4 years old (+/-). I don't think it will be long before the buds open. The first pic is of the plant taken 04.21.2010 (not so big and difficult to see) with flowers on it. The second pic is a close up of a flower taken 04.18.2012. And the third pic is a close up of one of the buds taken today with the ubiquitous ants on it. When it blooms I will post some more pics. Xuling
The ants are a good thing. It's a gorgeous peony. I don't know the weather in Windsor, but here in the northeast, you can count on rain when peonies bloom. Just an irony. I have put them to bed with plastic hats.
well it is raining like cats and dogs now and expected to off and on thru next week end, so I will see how the buds do, if they blossom or not during the rain. xuling
The way it works is that the blooms open and are beautiful for a day, and the weatherman laughs. Then it is pouring.
and the rain kills some of my cactus along with ruining the peonies. nature laughs at us all the time.
I hate when that happens. Can a neighbor, family or friends take pictures for you while you're gone? I have a great neighbor who is just as crazy about gardening as I am and she would do it for me.
Xuling, cut some of those stems with buds and refrigerate. I have never done it, but I understand that it is a good way to save them and have them for when you return. I know I've seen it on this forum for firm buds.
Probably a very good idea cathy166, but I do not cut my flowers unless by accident the stem gets bent or sliced or whatever. Today a dog stepped on a ranunculus plant and bent a stem with a flower bud, so I cut it and put it in a crystal container to do what ever it does when I am gone (probably bloom and die). Xuling
Hola Cathy166, Oh YES YES YES, they held off blooming until I reutrned and continued blooming for weeks. The last is fading away now. I have hundreds of pics, but have been so busy that I haven't posted any of them. You have prodded me now and I will get to it in the next couple of days. The plant and blooms really are spectacular, so thanks for the push. Xuling
Looking forward to seeing them. I know how hard it can be to fit in the time to download and post, especially if you take lots of photos.
Magnificent colors and lovely photos. Thank you for posting them.
It is such a shame that the bloom season is so short, but it makes the blooms even more cherished.
Here in zone 6b (or maybe 7) the tree peonies have started blooming. I take lots of photos, but I never remember how beautiful they are until once again I see the real thing.
I am taking hundreds of photos daily of all the flowers and cactus in bloom, an in the budding stage also. And how quickly I forget how beautiful they are until I see them. The photos do help, but not like the real thing. Xuling
I received a Dutch Bulbs bulbs/plants for sale magazine and in it is a Peony named 'Coral Sunset' and I believe that is this Peony; and I actually seem to remember ordering it from Dutch Bulbs. (dutchbulbs.com). I am just a little slow. I have some photos of shoots sprouting from the grond and how much it has spread. I will go find one and post it, even if one cannot see much.