A nursery where I have purchased many of my peonies has announced the owner is retiring and selling all stock at HALF PRICE!
They have many wonderful varieties and excellent quality. As much as I hate to see Bannister Garden Center close, I'd like as many of my fellow DG gardeners to take advantage of the opportunity to add something new at a bargain price. Last spring I bought everything I thought I could place in my garden (at regular prices - LOL), but with the sale, I managed to find three additional varieties I want. This photo is 'Lucky', which I added in 2010.
I hate to see them go too, Alana. I'm surprised they have not chosen to sell the whole operation (farm, retail store and greenhouses) to someone who wants a 'growing' business. If I was 20 years younger, I'd jump at the opportunity!
Neva posted a message on Facebook that they are not retiring but only having as sale. Apparently so that they can sell the farm, peony field, when they are ready to retire. I was glad to see that. They do have several sales on summer stock. I went there today to see what if anything other than peonies was on sale and to find out final days. I purchased a great looking fig plant, with baby figs on it, for $25. Many of the shrubs and trees are for sale 25% off.
My information is they are only selling farm which contains peonies etc. One of their children probably is taking over the business. Hopefully they will update their website with additional information. They have updated their Facebook page.
Still a great sale and a great place to purchase peonies.
I ordered some yesterday. When you checkout online it will still show full price. I called them and they explained they are having trouble with their web page and their web master hasn't fixed it yet. She is going through the invoices and correcting them by hand before processing payment and shipping.
Yes, my web order indicated regular prices, but with the assurance of your emails, I went ahead and placed the orders.
I'm terrible this year. I started out intending to buy one rose. A one gallon Glamis Castle from Chamblees (my first experience with them - really fantastic) for which I paid full price. Then Terri_emory told me that Heirloom had a half price deal ($7.95 each). I got two lovely contanerized roses, one of them recommended to me as a must have, but one of them is an error and I got three because the correct rose was then shipped. Then I ordered three roses from my old yard from Roses Unlimited, that will arrive in the spring. I found trade gallon Endless Summer hydrangeas on sale for $8 each and bought two. And I got a Mrs. FDR from Old House Gardens because the price was great (way under market) and it was in my old yard.
And now Leawood tells us all of this irresistable offer. I'm so bad! Gorgeousness and half price. I can't resist!
My mantra for the year is that I will not buy any more plants. Oh well, I have in my cart 5 peonies. With Donna's influence, I added Burma midnight to my cart. Any other must haves that you all would recommend before I press the checkout? LoL
My rationale is going to be: They are not shipping until fall. I will not probably get them into the ground until December. I will count these peonies as 2013 purchases so that I will only be going over my budget for 2012 by not that much.
I just purchased Garden Treasure, Prairie Charm, Fantastic. Top Brass, Paula Fay, and a Festiva Maxima (only $7.50) from Bannister . I plan to put the two ITOHs in my front yard where there is slightly less sun and they will be able to spread out until they reach near the magnolia trees. The others are just ones I love and want to have more of.
They said they are not actually retiring but their webmaster got a bit too enthusiastic. They just had a very abundant supply and are reducing their prices to half off for this year only.
Thanks Leawood and to all who posted this bargain. This is a new peony place to try and the prices were certainly right.
Donna, your message regarding the eyes on your 'Burma Nights' piqued my curiosity. I haven't planted my purchases yet (Saturday is set aside for garden work this week), so I looked at the 'Garden Treasure' - it has nine eyes too! My other two buys, 'Felix Crousse' and 'Fernleaf Double' each have 3-4 eyes. All in all, I'm very happy with my purchase.
They are the most rambunctious peonies I have ever purchased, and I have gotten them from several highly regarded companies. You were very discerning to point us to them. I reviewed them on GW, and the reviews are quite old. If you are happy, please give them a leg up. I have no relationship to them - I just love supporting the small, high quality sellers.
As I was putting my roots into the ground, I noticed that one of them had 14 eyes, and the other had 9. I should mention the shape of them. I don't know to what extent a grower can control this, but some roots have eyes that are difficult to settle into the ground. These were really easy.
Ok, I've been lurking and finally fell. Ater several days of dithering over the website, I ordered 2 Red Charm, 2 Heidi and a Topeka Garnet. Margie was a great help in narrowing down my choices. They'll be here next week.
Margi is very knowledgeable and a great help when you visit their nursery. It's a fairly small operation, so she and the elderly couple who own the nursery are about the only people you'll see/talk with.
BTW - you can drive through their fields during the bloom season and see the plants growing to get a better idea of how they will look in your garden (if, like me, you're unfamiliar with each plant's conformation).
Donna, I took your advice and gave them my own review on GW. I'd encourage anyone else who bought and was satisfied to also add their comments.
Gary, I think I owe you a huge thank you for letting us know that they exist. These small and superior purveyors are just the cream of the crop. Bluntly, I have received gift peonies from major, well known providers at much higher prices and they simply don't compare. Bravo to them, and to you!
Yes, I thank you too. Not only did she help me choose, but asked for pictures when I started to describe my garden, then ID'd a couple of old peonies that have been on the property since before 1970. Btw, I told her I heard about them from DG. She was very pleased.
Spring is here and I'm anxious to see how my new peonies perform. The have sprouted and, depending upon variety (I guess) are progressing at their own rates. The 'Coral Charm' (pic #1) I have had for several years is the most advanced. It is an early bloomer, so I guess that's to be expected. Others, as you can see, are not as far along. Pic #2 is 'Garden Treasure' and pic #3 is 'Paul M Wild' (both new last fall). Pic #4 is 'Lucky', which was planted in the fall of 2011.
Are we really in the same zone?! Last week we still had snow and ice. This week it's gone, but the peonies are still in hiding. The snowdrops haven't bloomed yet, and daffs are only up about 3." Things should start popping now, though, it won't be much longer before things start happening.
When my roots came, they were enormous. I can't wait to see how they do!
After several cold days and a day of icy rain, we had a freeze warning on Tuesday. I scoured my basement and garage for buckets, pots and even trash cans to cover the tender peony and trumpet lily plants that had emerged. It is pretty unsightly, but (hopefully) everything was protected. I figure the tulips, daffodils, daylilies and iris can handle the cold.
Bravo, Leawood, you covered the lilies. That was exactly what you needed to do, because emerging lilies can be turned into mush by freezing. My neighbors used to chuckle as I ran around the yard covering the emerging stems with anything I could find, but it works, and it is necessary.
We've used everything from trash cans to jars to protect those tender kids, and indeed it does look silly. But haha, it works!
We ARE having silly weather: Freezing one day and hot the next, encouraging everything to quickly grow. I think the lilies can get pretty cool, like down to 38, but colder than that with winds can be destructive.
Here's to the end of scary weather. Leawood, you cover a great amount of real estate, and that's a lot of lilies to cover. I hope they're all going to be healthy.
I also bought some from Bannister Gardens. Their peonies are the best! Some have 5 buds of flowers for first year's plants. Incredible! From left to right: Cytherea, Scarlet O'Hara, Prairie Afire, Carina.
I'm another Bannister fan. I bought several last fall, and they were huge. Lots of buds are starting to emerge, but we are just at the beginning of the season. When things get farther along, I'll post pics.
I got some interesting advice when I ordered. I have a lot of very old, very large peony clumps, and I'm continuing the line. I was told that I could put two peonies in one hole to make a bigger effect right from the beginning, so I tried it in one place with theirs, and another place with 2 smaller pieces I had already. I put lots of good stuff in the holes... I'm looking forward to seeing the effect.
When I saw that great offer I thought, what great peonies for semi-shady areas. If they are early, and single, they can do very well in shade. I had to create shade in my old garden to grow Burma Ruby. But my new yard is perfect for this peony (it was a gift - I never thought I'd be anything but a doubles gal. And I fell in love. So when I saw its cousin - I couldn't resist!
Yikes! Spring in the Midwest! We had an icy rain yesterday and about 4:00 I noticed slush in my rain gauge, so I brought out the buckets again. Things had grown quite a bit, so it was a challenge finding covers tall enough to cover the whole shrub. I hope I didn't do more damage to the bushes cramming them into the containers than they would have received from the cold. My 'Coral Charm' was too tall for even a trashcan to cover. This morning there was snow on the ground.
I entertained work associates with a garden tour and wine and cheese on the patio Tuesday afternoon and Thursday night I had covered the plants I could, and put a fire in the fireplace for the evening. What a difference in 24 hours.
I just visited Bannister Gardens website (www.peonies.net) and discovered several popular varieties are on sale there. While not everything is on sale, and not all items on shale are half price, you might find something you can't live without. 'Do Tell' is not on sale, but 'Garden Treasure' is reduced from $90 to $60.
Well..one of my Burma Midnights is not a Burma anything. It isn't red, it's pink. And it towers over Burma Ruby and what may be Burma Midnight. And it is early which is good, because it's in the shade. But it's not what I ordered. And it's going to clash.
It's hard to photograph, becuase it turns lavender and flourecscent when photographed. Another issue. I have no unknown peonies because I insist on knowing the identity of every plant in my yard. When I have gotten them before (from White Flower Farm) I chased them down until I found out what they were. So does anyone have any idea what this really is?
I really did not want a pink peony. I will contact them.
It's got red flecks. I thoght it might be ES. I'm not interested in having that peony. I don't want a double in shade with a lax habit. It will bloom poorly and flop in future years. I saw this peony many years ago and didn't order it because it does not have the qualities I seek in a peony.
What really annoys me is that people who ordered Burma Midnight after me received the correct peony. This has happened to me before, several times, and frankly, I don't have a lot of patience with sellers who mess up my first order.
The Home Depot stores near me are selling Itoh type peonies including Bartzella which is the highest rated yellow Peony. The price varies but Bartzellas are selling for $60.00. These are mature plants with 5 or more blooms. I know this is expensive for a peony, but Bartzellas are rare and usually are offered only as a small piece of root that will take years to bloom if you can even raise it to blooming size without killing it.
I just discovered Bannister Gardens sent me another mislabeled peony. I have always thought that what I had blooming in my garden this past spring was Prairie Afire until I came across a picture of Pom Poms recently and found my peony labeled Prairie Afire resembled Pom Poms more than the picture of Prairie Afire. I bought 8 roots and 2 are mislabeled. Although their roots are really nice and fresh, this rate of mislabeling is very disappointing. I have no written receipt as the order was placed over the phone. When they shipped me the peonies, there was no shipping slip enclosed. I don't even know how I can go about telling them about the mislabeled peonies.
Kousa, I am very sorry to hear that. I got a mislabeled peony last year. They just replaced it with an amazing root. And no, it doesn't have a packing slip. I banished last year's peony to the back of the yard and am putting my new one near another red peony.
But I swear the king of mislabeled peonies is White Flower Farm. The roots are great ...but. I ordered three Festiva Maxima and got a Festiva Maxima, a Kansas and Ann Cousins. When I pointed out the mistake I was sent a new Festiva Maxima, which turned out to be Lady Alexandra Duff. So I ordered, altogether, four Festiva Maximas and got one. I really like LAD, but the other peonies are not what I would have ordered. I do have to say, though, that their peonies, and all of the Canadian peonies I have ordered, have been excellent plants.
I guess that I will have to wait and see. The other Burma Midnight I ordered last year was put in too much shade. I moved it and I'll see if it is the correct one. I'll report back.
Donna, the flower did not look right to me when it bloomed. Being a beginner at the time, I thought that the color/form difference was due to the plant being in its first year. Some of the peonies vendor sites said that some peonies need time to mature and to get blooms resembling the posted pictures. That was why I did not complain. Well, I now know better. I should take pictures and retain all the bags with the labeling that they sent me in case like this. This past spring I bought 12 roses and two were mislabeled. Luckily the flowers bloomed so I could note the error and they sent the right plants.
The same thing happened to me with the White Flower farm plants. The correct one bloomed the first year. The red one took two years to bloom. And Ann Cousin, being white, just puzzled me. But when I called WFF three years later, they cheerfully replaced the Festiva Maxima (with the erroneous, but subsequently beloved Alexandra Duff. I had absolutely no proof of my assertion - to their credit they just took my word for it.