Monday, October 19, 2015

2015 Hybridizing Peony Martha W.

I am very excited about this peony. Supposedly it is not the most beautiful of peonies, but one of the best Mothers. So I am hoping this peony will make lots of beautiful children for me. I planted it in a very good growing spot right next to my house. I received this Peony 'Martha W.' as a gift from a friend of mine. I think this is probably the second peony I have ever gotten that I haven't purchased. However I have become more aware that lots of peony lovers will actually trade peony varieties with their peony friends. It must be nice to have a local peony community. I suppose at least we're both on the East Coast. :-) Peony 'Martha W.' is supposed to be a good plant for breeding intersectional peonies - hybrid peonies that are a cross between herbaceous and tree peonies. I can't wait to try to cross this peony with the tree peonies I do have. I think I may be getting some first time blooms on some of my tree peonies next spring. New pollen to hybridize with!


  1. Congratulations! may need a lot of work though. Most tree peonies of suffruticosa or rockii type will bloom earlier than Martha, maybe you need to keep the pollen in the refrigerators. Tree peony of lutea type is easier to hybird intersectional peonies. It seems you only have one lutea type tree peony (high noon). Hope to see you have some hybirds soon :).

    1. Bin,

      Thanks! I think I'm up for it. I am going to try to put some in the fridge and some in the freezer in case I don't have all varieties bloom every year.

      I haven't gotten a bloom off of my Peony 'High Noon' yet, but maybe this coming spring. We'll see!