Ever since the start of February I have started to see tree peony seedlings pop up all over the place, however some of them got frost bitten since it is too early for them to start coming up. In order to survive, they simply need to successfully put out a leaf and take in energy over the summer so they can grow a lot stronger the next year.
Here are some of the TP seedlings from 23 February 2012. These are some of the ones coming out too early for their own good since their initial leaf is prone to freeze damage.
Here are pictures of some of them taken today 7 March 2012. These should be a lot safer as it typically doesn't get extremely cold by this time of the year. These are still hardy to around 20F without damage while they still have the reddish color which is usually gone by around April when their leaf reaches full size. One of the things to keep in mind if you ever try growing these is to never transplant them until the fall since they are extremely sensitive, and are prone to dying if they are transplanted earlier. I learned that the hard way so I'm leaving them all alone no matter how close they are when they emerge.
Here are a couple of the 2nd year seedlings which should produce a lot more growth than the new ones.
Finally here are some of the larger tree peonies, some of them which look like they should flower this year. Most of them also have sprouts underground which is a very good sign that they are happy.
Here's one of the herbeceous ones coming up just to show the comparison