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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Propagating some Tree peonies

I visited Cricket Hill Gardens last weekend, and came back with some seeds and scions. I have germinated them from seed successfully in the past so it shouldn't be a problem this time around with fresh seeds.

These are supposed to be white Rockii tree peonies.

They are supposed to germinate next spring since they are still yellowish and have their moisture.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Peony update, almost fully leafed

In the last post, all the peonies were just waking up, but it has been 4 weeks since then, and they are almost fully grown for the year. Peonies tend to make almost all their growth before June which is when they typically flower.

Here are a few Japanese tree peonies which are noticeably larger and healthier than they were last year so most of them shouldn't be relying on their herbacous nurse roots anymore.

Some of them have flower buds already on their 2nd year as grafted plants.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Distinguishing all kinds of peonies

I like growing as many kinds of peonies as possible so I've grown them from seed as well as purchased many plants to get together a nice collection. I'm not even too concerned about the names anymore, but I am able to tell their age, and whether they are herbaceous, itoh or tree peonies just by their appearance. I'm only selecting no more than 7 of each type as it would be too long of a blog post to post hundreds of photos.

Here are some 1st year tree peonies which are just starting to come out this year. They usually make no more than 1-3 leaves on the 1st year while there has been a case where I've gotten 6 leaves before. These have just started coming out after a good week of rain and temperatures slightly above freezing.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Taking down the greenhouse for spring 2013

This year, spring came kind of late, but this weekend, it is finally in the 60s with a forecast that looks OK. I decided to take off the greenhouse that has been up since 23 September of last year. These plants have been under a greenhouse for 6 1/2 months, but they are still looking pretty good. I keep mostly bamboos in this thing.

It took about an hour to move all the stuff out and clean up the area.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Peony seedlings getting ready to take off

If you have been following my posts, you would know that I'm obsessed with these plants, especially when they are actively growing. We have had unusually cold temperatures for the past couple months, but it looks like the soil is finally starting to thaw out as temperatures are supposed to moderate by March.

I'm seeing that many of these are clearly tree peony seedlings, but some of them could be herbaceous or even intersectional (itoh) peony seedlings as these come from various sources with different leaf shapes. 

Here are some pictures. Enjoy.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Removing the tarp to take out the peonies and bamboos 2013

It looks like the threat of a major freeze into the teens is diminishing, and a lot of plants are starting to wake up so I decided to take off the tarp for my potted plants.

Here's the tarp back in February under 1ft of snow

Monday, February 18, 2013

Some tree peonies waking up very early in 2013

This year some of my tree peonies, mainly the ones that sprouted last year are waking up very early, even earlier than they did last year so I hope they know what they are doing. I do have a few set to sprout this year which are coming up early however those are not nearly as developed as these.

These are mainly Chinese tree peony seedlings.