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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.
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
Here are some edited pics of the Peonies. They took a long time developing and lasted a long time before their leaves changed to white and dropped off leaving pods. I have left the pods on the bush. What will happen to them? Xuling
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.