I need to find someone who can objectively evaluate the value of a 15-year-old Chinese tree peony for insurance and possibly legal reasons. My tree peony was destroyed two days ago by an inept landscaper. Yesterday, he retrieved it from his trash pile and replanted it. It's hard to say where we will end up with this: The plant may or may not "take" again, or it may or may not sprout from the roots (doubtful, since he dug it out with a shovel). I've gone ahead and purchased another, a 5-year-old plant, but clearly the value of a 5-year-old tree peony doesn't compare well to the value of a 15-year-old plant that was doing stunningly. We may or may not end up in court over this; the landscaper still doesn't seem to realize the true impact of his error and, at this point, appears to think I should pay him for the rest of the yard work he did that day.
At any rate, if any of you can recommend a resource in the Michigan area (or online), I would be very grateful!
I'm a new member here and looking forward to getting to know everyone. Here's a picture of my Big Flower with a Lotus Root (Ou Si Kui)...going to be a long time before I see this flower again, if ever. Sad.