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Thursday, November 22, 2018

2018 Ebay Peony Seller Reviews

Okay, so this article is about 3 years behind schedule, and while I have been procrastinating on posting it (due to wanting more information), I've finally decided that partial information is better than no information. I guess I will just update it later or create a new updated listing in the future as more information presents itself in my garden. I already see a need to reorganize the information by seller instead of by peony variety, but I will save that for a future article.


Mislabeled Intersectional Peony
(Sold to Me as Peony 'Lollipop')

In hopes that you may learn something from Ebay sellers I've purchased from over the years, I decided to create this reference for which sellers send the actual peony stated and which sellers do not - especially since an initial investment in a peony root can take years to show its true colors. Also if you have some direct experience with these same Ebay sellers or different sellers, please leave any concrete information you may have in the comment section below so that we may all benefit from our combined peony purchasing experiences.


Mislabeled Intersectional Peony
(Sold to Me as Peony 'Scarlet Heaven')

Review Key
rightbloomed with the correct color and form
:(dieddied before blooming
Xwrongbloomed with an incorrect color and/or form

Ebay Peony Seller Reviews
PeonySellerYearReview
Adolphe RousseauEbay - greenerpastures1012006
Bartzella (Intersectional)Ebay - mcgper12007✓ right
Benjamin FranklinEbay - willowcreekgardens2007✓ right
Berry Garcia (Intersectional)Ebay - bernard*sweety (Anna Snitkovskaia - Brooklyn, NY)2014X wrong - single hot pink root stock
Berry Garcia (Intersectional)Ebay - irislady55 (Joni L. Renshaw, Joni's Dance-In-The-Wind Iris Garden - Tekamah, NE)2015
Black Lotus (Hatsugarasu) (Tree)Ebay - atskor8 (Svet Vasyl - Moscow, PA)2014X wrong - wrong tree peony white
Bowl of CreamEbay - luckybusya2007✓ right
Canary Brilliants (Intersectional)Ebay - macao20002012:( died
Canary Brilliants (Intersectional)Ebay - bernard*sweety (Anna Snitkovskaia - Brooklyn, NY)2014X wrong - single hot pink root stock
Chocolate SoldierEbay - bigmikek2007✓ right
Chojuraku 長寿楽 (Longevity Music) (Tree)Ebay - garden*breeze (Garden's Breeze - Mount Tabor, NJ)2016
Coral FayEbay2004✓ right
Coral 'N GoldEbay - mr.greengenes12007✓ right
Coral SunsetEbay - nielsvnoort2c2z (Niels L. Van Noort - Woodland, WA) 2015
Dinner PlateEbay - luckybusya2007✓ right
Dr. Alexander FlemingEbay - willowcreekgardens2007
Duchesse de NemoursEbay - luckybusya2004✓ right
FlameEbay - superchukcha2007✓ right
Fragrant Jade (Xiang Yu) (Tree)Ebay - hungsupplysolutions2013✓ right
Golden Wheel (Huang Jin Lun)Ebay - beautifulpeony2007✓ right
Goldmine (Huang Jin Lun)Ebay - hirtsgardens (Hirts - Wadsworth, OH)2016
Hanakisoi 花競 (Floral Rivalry) (Tree)Ebay - hirtsgardens (Hirts - Wadsworth, OH)2016
Houki 芳紀 (Charming Age) (Tree)Ebay - hirtsgardens (Hirts - Wadsworth, OH)2016
High Noon (Tree)Ebay - hirtsgardens (Hirts - Wadsworth, OH)2018
Hillary (Intersectional)Ebay - ricknken03cw2007✓ right
Impossible Dream (Intersectional)Ebay - atskor8 (Svet Vasyl - Moscow, PA)2014X wrong - wrong itoh yellow
Joannna Marlene (Intersectional)Ebay - garden*breeze (Garden's Breeze - Mount Tabor, NJ)2015
Julia Rose (Intersectional)Ebay - ricknken03cw2007✓ right
Kamata-nishiki 鎌田錦 (Tree)Ebay - atskor8 (Svet Vasyl - Moscow, PA)2014:( died
Kamata-nishiki 鎌田錦 (Tree)Ebay - orientalpeony (Yongdong Wu - Upper Malboro, MD)2016✓ right
Karl RosenfieldEbay - willowcreekgardens2007
Kinkaku (Souvenir de Maxime Cornu) (Tree)Ebay - atskor8 (Svet Vasyl - Moscow, PA)2014X wrong - wrong tree peony white
Koukamon 皇嘉門 (Floral Gate) (Tree)Ebay - garden*breeze (Garden's Breeze - Mount Tabor, NJ)2017
Lemon Dream (Intersectional)Ebay - macao20002012:( died
Lemon Dream (Intersectional)Ebay - jackshouse2008 (Therese Sprauer - Brooks, OR)2014✓ right
Lollipop (Intersectional)Ebay - atskor8 (Svet Vasyl - Moscow, PA)2014X wrong - wrong itoh yellow
Love Affair (Intersectional)Ebay - bernard*sweety (Anna Snitkovskaia - Brooklyn, NY)2014X wrong - single hot pink root stock
Mother's ChoiceEbay - mcgper12005✓ right
Mr. EdEbay - hostagardens2007✓ right
NympheEbay - superchukcha2007✓ right
Old Rose Dandy (Intersectional)Ebay - macao20002012✓ right
Paeonia delavayi var lutea ludlowii (Tree)Ebay - dogwooderitternet2013:( died
Paeonia rockii (Tree)Ebay - zwan2392 (Zuncai Wang)2013✓ right
Paula FayEbay - mr.greengenes12007✓ right
Petticoat FlounceEbay - bigmikek2007
Pink FireflyEbay - hostagardens2007✓ right
Pink JazzEbay - luckybusya2004✓ right
Prairie Charm (Intersectional)Ebay - vasyl_svet (Sergei Snitkovskiy - Brooklyn, NY)2015
Prairie Charm (Intersectional)Ebay - orientalpeony (Yongdong Wu - Upper Malboro, MD)2016
Raspberry FireflyEbay - greenatlatl2007✓ right
Red Double FernleafEbay - hanskaflowers2006
Red Dwarf Single FernleafEbay - bigmikek2007
Reine HortenseEbay - luckybusya2005
Scarlet Heaven (Intersectional)Ebay - macao20002012X wrong - wrong itoh old rose dandy?
Scarlet O'HaraEbay - mr.greengenes12007✓ right
SorbetEbay2004✓ right
Shimadaijin 島大臣 (Island Minister) (Tree)Ebay - garden*breeze (Garden's Breeze - Mount Tabor, NJ)2016✓ right
Shimanishiki 島錦 (Island Brocade) (Tree)Ebay - garden*breeze (Garden's Breeze - Mount Tabor, NJ)2017
Taiyo 太陽 (The Sun) (Tree)Ebay - tyebrook (Samuel Saunders - Lovingston, Virginia)2016✓ right
Tom EckhardtEbay - hirtsgardens (Hirts - Wadsworth, OH)2007
Tria (Tree)Ebay - atskor8 (Svet Vasyl - Moscow, PA)2014X wrong - wrong tree peony white
White Phoenix (Feng Dan Bai) (Tree)Ebay - easyplantingli2013✓ right
White Phoenix (Feng Dan Bai) (Tree)Ebay - hungsupplysolutions (Henry Hung, Hicksville, NY)2016✓ right
Yao's Yellow (Tree)Ebay - orientalpeony (Yongdong Wu - Upper Malboro, MD)2016✓ right
Yellow Crown (Intersectional)Ebay - mcgper12007✓ right
Yellow Heaven (Intersectional)Ebay - bernard*sweety (Anna Snitkovskaia - Brooklyn, NY)2014X wrong - single hot pink root stock
Yellow Waterlily (Intersectional)Ebay - craftygalinmi (Kathy Carrigan, Lacy Creek Growers - Vermontville, MI)2015
Yumi ?? (Possess Beauty) - Yellow Doodle Dandy (Intersectional)Ebay - atskor8 (Svet Vasyl - Moscow, PA)2014X wrong - wrong itoh peony prairie charm?
Yumi (Possess Beauty) - Yellow Doodle Dandy (Intersectional)Ebay - garden*breeze (Garden's Breeze - Mount Tabor, NJ)2016✓ right

Sunday, March 11, 2018

2018 Top 5 Herbaceous Peonies by Stem Count


Southern Peony Top 5 Herbaceous by Stem Count

Now here we go to round out the rest of our Top 5 by stem count list, this time for herbaceous peonies. If you missed our 2018 Top 5 Intersectional Peonies by Stem Count article yesterday, you should definitely check that one out. So the herbaceous peonies have been growing much longer in my garden than my intersectionals, but the intersectionals have much higher stems counts. So while herbaceous peonies do grow here, intersectionals seem to grow much better! I only started my main intersectional peony garden bed in 2012, 2012 Intersectional Peony Garden Planting, but it has really taken off!

Back to the topic at hand, Top 5 Herbaceous Peonies by Stem Count... Just like I had a few caveats for my Intersectional Top 5 by Stem Count, I also have a few caveats for this list as well, but they are mostly to the credit of the peonies on this list. All of the herbaceous peonies on this list were started bareroot. These were not babied and grown in a pot. These were roots in a bag, in a box, through the mail, etc. And they have all grown into quite fine specimens.

Also two of these peonies have been divided before, and have now grown back in size to be in this Top 5 by Stem Count list. A section of my Peony 'Do Tell' was donated in the 2013 APS Peony Donation to JC Raulston Arboretum. Also a section of my Peony 'Coral Charm' was donated to the same arborteum in 2013 as well. So not only are these two peonies great at growing here in the South, they are also great plants that divide well and grow back to a large size in just a few years. Peony 'Coral Charm' seems to grow up from any pieces you've left in the ground (adventitious roots). So the more you chop this one up and divide it, the more plants pop up around it!

2018 Top 5 Intersectional Peonies by Stem Count

Herbaceous Peony
Stem Count
Year Acquired
Peony 'Coral Charm'
30
2008
Peony 'Do Tell'
21
2007
Peony 'Gilbert Barthelot'
21
2005
Peony 'Coral Fay'
20
2004
Peony 'Paul M. Wild'
20
2005

So what does all of this mean for you? Well, some of these are the oldest peonies in my garden, yes. So they've had a long time to grow to obtain this size. However 2 of them have been divided and have still been able to regrow enough to be in the Top 5, Peony 'Coral Charm' and Peony 'Do Tell'. Peony 'Coral Charm' and Peony 'Do Tell' are also Southern Peony Best Performers, 2015 Peony 'Coral Charm' Best Performer - Week 2 and 2012 Peony 'Do Tell' Best Performer - Week 4. If you want reliable herbaceous peonies, that will come back year after year for you in the South, these peonies are definitely it.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

2018 Top 5 Intersectional Peonies by Stem Count


Southern Peony Top 5 Intersectionals by Stem Count

Well, since I've been collecting peony data for 14 years now, and I've got at least 10 years of really good data, I figured I'd better start putting it to good use. Something that Southern gardeners would likely find useful are stem counts for the top 5 peonies in my garden. Since all 5 of those peonies happen to be intersectional peonies, we'll start with those.

Now I will add some caveats. I have divided some peonies. Some were purchased as established plants in a pot. Intersectional Peony 'Bartzella', a Southern Peony Best Performer, surely would have been on this list, had I not divided it and donated sections of it in 2015, 2015 Peony Donation to Historic Whitehall Gardens and 2015 Peony Donation Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden. However 2 of the 5 plants Peony 'Bartzella' plants I have now are just shy of being of size to make this list. So I'm sure Peony 'Bartzella' will appear on this list in the future.

Peony 'Keiko' was purchased in a large multi gallon Monrovia pot, 2013 Monrovia Itoh Peony 'Keiko'™ 愛幕 (Adored), and was well worth the money. I've even won an APS Court of Honor ribbon with a bloom from that plant, 2015 APS Southern Peony Court of Honor Winner - 'Keiko'. Okay, enough of that reminiscing. With no further ado, here it is, the Top 5 Intersectional Peonies growing in my Southern garden by stem count:

2018 Top 5 Intersectional Peonies by Stem Count

Intersectional Peony
Stem Count
Year Acquired
Keiko 愛幕 (Adored) - Pink Double Dandy (Intersectional)
47
2013
Yellow Crown (Intersectional)
40
2007
White Emperor (Intersectional)
34
2012
Little Darlin' (Intersectional)
32
2012
Pastel Splendor (Intersectional)
27
2012

Now that you know which intersectional peonies have the most stems in my garden on a single bush, what are you supposed to do? Well run out and buy them, of course. :-) Aside from that what does this data really mean anyway? I would take it to mean that these plants not only grow well in a Southern climate, but grow exceptionally well. They will reliably increase for you, year after year, without dwindling in size. People who want to grow peonies, they want to grow big peonies, but just not big flowers, they want to grow big bushes full of big flowers. These are the peonies with enough vigor in a Southern climate to fit the bill...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

2018 Technology in the Peony Garden

Today being the first day of February, and my dead peony stems having not been cut down yet, well, it seemed like the right day to do it. Spring will be here before we know it - no matter what Sir Walter Wally, the groundhog, says tomorrow. The weather man said that today's high of 59 would be the warmest day in the next 7 days. So it seemed like a great day to take advantage of the nice weather and get caught up on a gardening chore that I am exceptionally behind on. Being so behind, at first I just started to cut the stems to get it done as quickly as possible, intentionally skipping the recording of the number of peony stems, but then I had an idea...

Technology in the Peony Garden
Voice Dictated Memo Recording Peony Stem Counts

I decided to use my phone as a way to dictate the data, saving myself the trouble and time of printing out a chart, carrying a clipboard and pen into the garden, and taking the time between each plant to make the record (and trying to find my pen!) I once dreamed of bringing a tablet into the garden during my 2015 Peony Clipboard Data Entry, but now modern mobile phones are basically mini tablets. The smaller size made it even more convenient because I could just stow my phone in my pocket between clips, eliminating the need to carry and keep up with a tablet. Using the voice record feature in the Memo app, I just spoke all of my notes, and the phone typed them for me. Now that I've seen the light - the ease of using technology in the garden, I may never look back. Plus I'll be saving some trees and money in the process by eliminating the need for paper. It feels good all the way around. Have you used technology to help in the garden? If so, in what ways have you used technology in the garden and how has it helped you?

Monday, February 22, 2016

2016 Ten Years of Peony Bloom Data!

Yay! After finishing my 2016 Peony Data Entry in Winter Time, I finally have ten years of peony bloom data. I think I finally have enough to start publishing it on my site now. Last year was the first year I got my Peony Bloom Data in a Peony Database. This past week I spent some time analyzing and cleaning my data, reloading my old data, and adding last year's new data into the database. I still feel like the data could be better with more of it, but I suppose that will come with time. For now, I plan to publish peony bloom dates based on the offset from Peony 'Red Charm', which is the currently accepted method. However, I may add or change the reporting method in the future. For now, here's the scoop... Check out my Peony Bloom Dates page! :-)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

2016 Intersectional Peonies Suffered Frozen Bud Blast

Nope. Not even all of the intersectional peonies were able to withstand that late cold winter blast last spring. You would think with their tough guy image and strong tree peony like woody stems, they would just shrug off a cold blast. Unfortunately some varieties had blasted buds and some had both blasted buds and a reduction in blooms from the previous year. Not all of my intersectional peonies are rated here. Some of them were too small and/or immature to evaluate or there was not enough data to make a proper evaluation. Check out the table below to see who suffered in the cold...

Intersectional Peonies with Buds Blasted by Late Freeze
Peony Variety
2015 Bloom
2014 Bloom
Blast Rate
Bloom Reduction
Peony 'Little Darlin'
0 of 3
4 of 4
100%
100%
Peony 'Scarlet Heaven'
0 of 2
2 of 2
100%
100%
Peony 'Morning Lilac'
1 of 3
8 of 8
67%
88%
Peony 'Pastel Splendor'
3 of 3
10 of 10
0%
70%
Peony 'Sonoma Amethyst'
7 of 7
16 of 21
0%
56%
Peony 'Julia Rose'
8 of 8
10 of 10
0%
20%
Peony 'Garden Treasure'
13 of 16
15 of 15
19%
13%


2015 Intersectional Peony Garden

There were however several varieties which did shrug off that winter cold, seemingly unaffected by the late frost, that did not suffer any reduction in bloom or bud blast. These intersectional peonies all increased (or maintained) their bloom counts. Only one of these varieties suffered some bud blast. I am amazed to see three of Don Smith's Japanese named Intersectional Peonies sold by Monrovia as the top three in this list! I'm guessing the other Japanese named peony in that collection is not on this list only because it was too immature in my garden to evaluate. I am also not surprised to see Peony 'Cora Louise' on this list which was nominated for the APS Gold Medal last year, and it almost won, Peony 'Bartzella' which already won the APS Gold Medal in 2006, and Peony 'Keiko' a 2015 Southern Peony Best Performer.

Intersectional Peonies Unaffected by Late Freeze
Peony Variety
2015 Bloom
2014 Bloom
Blast Rate
Bloom Increase
Peony 'Yumi' 由美 (Possess Beauty)
3 of 3
0 of 0
0%
300%
Peony 'Keiko' 愛幕 (Adored)
35 of 35
9 of 9
0%
288%
Peony 'Takara' 慈悲 (Treasure)
19 of 19
6 of 6
0%
216%
Peony 'Cora Louise'
11 of 11
5 of 5
0%
120%
Peony 'Copper Kettle'
2 of 4
1 of 1
50%
100%
Peony 'Yellow Crown'
11 of 11
6 of 6
0%
83%
Peony 'Bartzella'
7 of 7
4 of 5
0%
75%
Peony 'White Emperor'
9 of 9
9 of 9
0%
0%


Intersectional Peony 'Keiko' 愛幕 (Adored)

Friday, February 5, 2016

2016 Mid Season Peonies Suffered Frozen Bud Blast

After finishing my 2016 Peony Data Entry in Winter Time, I remembered not just how many 2015 Early Peonies Suffered Frozen Bud Blast, but also how many mid season peonies suffered bud blast last year as well. It was painfully obvious during my data entry when Peony 'Red Charm' did not even have a bloom date since all of its buds were blasted (and Peony 'Red Charm's bloom date is usually used as the basis for the bloom date offset). I have already compiled the data on my early blooming Saunders peonies that suffered bud blast, 2015 Saunders Peony Varieties Frozen Bud Blast. So here are the midseason peonies in my garden that suffered bud blast from the late winter cold we received last year. Since midseason peonies develop a little later than early season peonies, most of their buds were very small when they were blasted by the cold. So there was not a large bud that had turned brown as evidence of the bud blast. Instead these varieties usually bloom reliably, and they either didn't bloom at all or their blooms were severely reduced. Also I'm listing a few more early varieties that are not Saunders varieties (so they weren't on my previous list).
Early Peonies with Buds Blasted by Late Freeze
Peony Variety
2015 Bloom
2014 Bloom
Blast Rate
Bloom Reduction
Peony 'Early Scout' (Early)
0 of 3
7 of 7
100%
100%
Peony 'Roy Pehrson's Best Yellow' (Early)
3 of 15
10 of 12
80%
70%
Peony 'Coral Fay' (Early)
6 of 6
12 of 12
0%
50%

2015 Peony 'Coral Fay' Plant
2014 Peony 'Coral Fay' Plant


Midseason Peonies with Buds Blasted by Late Freeze
Peony Variety
2015 Bloom
2014 Bloom
Blast Rate
Bloom Reduction
Peony 'Red Charm'
0 of 4
5 of 5
100%
100%
Peony 'First Lady'
0 of 3
4 of 4
100%
100%
Peony 'Nymphe'
0 of 0
3 of 4
100%
100%
Peony 'Pink Princess'
1 of 4
7 of 7
75%
86%
Peony 'Pillow Talk'
2 of 4
11 of 12
50%
82%
Peony 'Kansas'
7 of 11
39 of 44
36%
82%
Peony 'Myra MacRae'
7 of 7
38 of 42
0%
82%
Peony 'Doris Cooper'
2 of 4
9 of 13
50%
78%
Peony 'Solange'
9 of 13
32 of 32
31%
72%
Peony 'Cherry Charm'
4 of 5
14 of 14
20%
71%
Peony 'My Love'
9 of 9
30 of 34
0%
70%
Peony 'Guidon'
14 of 17
44 of 63
18%
68%
Peony 'Lemon Chiffon'
1 of 4
3 of 3
75%
66%
Peony 'Many Happy Returns'
3 of 7
8 of 8
57%
63%
Peony 'Do Tell'
5 of 9
13 of 16
44%
62%
Peony 'Kelway's Glorious'
7 of 7
15 of 23
0%
53%
Peony 'America'
2 of 5
4 of 5
60%
50%
Peony 'Bowl of Cream'
5 of 8
8 of 10
38%
38%
Peony 'White Frost'
14 of 15
22 of 24
7%
36%
Peony 'Rose Heart'
4 of 7
6 of 6
43%
33%

Thursday, February 4, 2016

2016 Peony Data Entry in Winter Time

I finally finished inputting the data I collected during the 2015 peony season last night. That ruler is to help me stay on the correct line. I think next year I need to go to two pages. The print is just getting way too small to keep everything on one page. Also my baby bear, Isabella, was keeping me company during this tedious work. Her smile made it a bit more manageable. I am looking forward to analyzing the data to see what it will reveal. I now have 10 years of bloom data. Now that I have 10 years' worth of data, it's time to put that 2015 Peony Bloom Data in Peony Database to good use! Look for some bloom data coming out sometime this year on my Bloom Dates page. :-)

The only problem I had with this year's data is that my Peony 'Red Charm' didn't bloom at all since its buds were blasted by our late winter storm, 2015 Early Peonies Suffered Frozen Bud Blast. So I don't have an offset date. After examining the last five years' worth of data, it looks like my Peony 'Grace Root' has bloomed within 1 day of Red Charm in 4 out of 5 years. So it sounds like Peony 'Grace Root's bloom date may be a suitable offset date for the 2015 data. Also Peony anemoneflora's bloom date was within 1 day of Red Charm in 3 out of 5 years and both Peony 'Grace Root' and Peony anemoneflora bloomed on the same date in 2015. So this will be my 2015 offset date, April 24th. I know the bloom date of Peony 'Red Charm' has been used as an offset date to calculate bloom times for peonies in the past. However, I'm not sure I'm convinced that it is a sounds scientific method. I may use bloom mean or median date, or some type of combination of these.

Friday, July 17, 2015

2015 Saunders Peony Varieties Frozen Bud Blast

Since I have a separate garden dedicated specifically to peony varieties hybridized by Professor A. P. Saunders, it was easily apparent to me that several of these varieties suffered from bud blast due to the late freeze we received in March of this year. Earlier this year I documented how my Early Peonies Suffered Frozen Bud Blast. Now that I have collected some more specific data on bud counts, I wanted to share those findings too. Most of these very early and early blooming Saunders peonies suffered some bud damage fromt the late freeze. However there were a couple varieties that came through unscathed. I have several Saunders peonies that are still a bit immature and or recovering from being divided. So I've chosen not to include all of the Saunders peonies I grow in this table.
Saunders Peonies with Buds Blasted by Late Freeze
Peony Variety
Buds Blasted
Total Buds
Blast Rate
Peony 'Halcyon'
2
2
100%
Peony 'Honor'
6
6
100%
Peony 'May Music'
5
5
100%
Peony 'Nova'
2
2
100%
Peony 'Paladin'
6
6
100%
Peony 'Winterthur'
3
3
100%
Peony 'Lustrous'
8
9
89%
Peony 'Horizon'
4
5
80%
Peony 'Firelight'
6
8
75%
Peony 'Early White'
1
2
50%
Peony 'Lavender'
2
4
50%
Peony 'Sweet May'
4
8
50%
Peony 'Garden Peace'
7
15
47%
Peony 'Lovely Rose'
3
10
30%

There were a few Saunders peonies whose buds werent' affected by the late freeze at all. So if your area regularly encounters late freezes, and you'd like to grow some early blooming peony varieties, these are the Saunders peonies I'd recommend.
Peony 'Grace Root'
Peony 'Great Lady'
Peony 'Rose Garland'

Saunders Peonies Unaffected by Late Freeze
Peony Variety
Buds Blasted
Total Buds
Blast Rate
Peony 'Grace Root'
0
9
0%
Peony 'Great Lady'
0
3
0%
Peony 'Rose Garland'
0
5
0%

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 Peony Bloom Data in Peony Database

Last night I was so happy to finally get all of my peony bloom data into a database! Being a programmer has some advantages. I was able to download Postgresql (free database software) earlier this week and get it installed. Then last night I finally decided on the layouts for my database tables to hold the peony data. Then I worked on grooming and exporting my data from Excel into CSV files. Finally I was able to import all of the data into my new databases! What a feeling of accomplishment. :-) Now that I have all of my data stored in a database, I will be able to analyze and query the data easily whenever I like. I also plan to use this data to examine the performance of peony varieties over time and update my Bloom Dates page with average bloom dates for peony varieties. This year, 2015, I will have collected 10 years worth of peony bloom data.

Peony Database

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 Peony Clipboard Data Entry

It is the middle of winter here, and there's not much going on in the peony garden right now. So it is a good time to get some of the paperwork, data entry, and analysis done that falls by the wayside during the growing season. Another peony season is over, and another one shall soon begin. Another clipboard full of data and notes from last year's growing season awaits its turn to be entered and analyzed. So this is what I'll make use of some of my time today, a day spent locked inside in the warmth and soft glows, away from the cold and bitter winds outside. I've long been dreaming about the day when I would take my tablet into the garden with me to enter my notes right away instead of putting them on paper and them transferring them into my computer. With the price of tablets dropping so quickly perhaps that day will be here soon!

Peony Data Clipboard

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 Peony Bloom Color Classifications

Wow, I have collected a lot more information on peony blooms this year. I've added 8 new RHS colors including Purple Brown 183A, Light Violet 69C, Purple Pink N74C, Light Pink 54D, Orange Red 39B, Dark Pink Red 51B, Light Yellow Orange 23C, and Light Yellow 4D. The range of peony bloom colors just continues to amaze me. I have also added 43 new peony variety color classifications to my Peony Bloom Colors page! This color information can be a handy reference if you are looking for a peony of a certain color to help you coordinate or contrast bloom colors in your garden. So if you haven't seen it yet, check out our Colors page.

Peony Bloom Color RHS Classifications

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

2013 RHS Peony Bloom Color Chart Coding

I have been working on collecting data on my peony blooms' petal color for 4 years now. I use the RHS Mini Colour Chart for the bloom color groupings. I think I have a pretty good start on this project by now, so I can start posting some of my data, and will continue to update it in the future. I am dedicating a new page for this information called Peony Bloom Colors. Hopefully this information will help people in identifying unknown peonies, creating gardening and landscaping plans for their properties, and selecting just the right color of peony for their gardens.

2010 Peony Bloom Color Coding
2012 Peony Colors


RHS Mini Colour Chart for Peony Bloom Coding

The first year I collected data, I had 84 peony varieties color coded. This year I have 139 peony bloom colors documented. Please keep in mind that there is undoubtedly a margin of error in this information since it is all subjective. However these categorizations should be mostly accurate, and hopefully helpful in describing and grouping these peony bloom colors. Also please note that these color codings were taken on the first day of the open bloom, as peony bloom colors tend to fade over time. Some favorable controls in this information are that these peonies are all grown in the same location and the data was all collected by the same person. Also the standard disclaimer applies about the display of the color on different monitors. So please use these peony bloom color groupings as a general guide. :-) If you notice any variety that is grouped in a wildly different color category that what it should be listed in, please notify me, as I may have received a mislabeled peony from the grower. Thank you!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

2013 Where are the Peony Blooms???

Where are the peony blooms this year? According to my records from last year my peonies started blooming on March 26, 2012. I think I must have gotten spoiled last year, because now I feel like my peonies are a couple of weeks late. So I decided to look back at all of my peony start Bloom Dates back to 2006, the first year my Early Scout peony bloomed. That year my peonies started blooming on April 7, 2006, which is 96 days into the year. So I decided to find out the average and mean start dates for my peony bloom season thus far. We had a really long winter this year. Weather-wise, winter really only ended 2 weeks ago - the temperatures for the high were in the 50s every day. Then we had one week of spring, with moderate temperatures. This past week has been summer, with the highs in the 80s! So the weather changed really fast this year. We had an extended winter that turned right into summer! Anyway the mean (average) peony bloom season start date for my area with the data I've collected so far is 91.85, and the mean is 94. So that means the average start date and the mean start date for my area this year is April 2, 2013 and April 5, 2013. So the peony blooms are about a week and half to 2 weeks late this year! This year will be the latest peony bloom start of any year since I've been keeping track. The latest date I've had before this year was April 11, 2009 (100 days). Today is April 14th, and they haven't bloomed yet. They should be blooming soon, though!

Saunders Peony Garden - April 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Peony Spreadsheet Data Entry

I spent some time last night and today working on my peony data spreadsheet. I put in all of the data from last peony season - last year (2012). I also spent some time catching up from 2011. I had recorded all of the bloom and stem count data manually on paper, but had not yet transferred it into my computer. Once I have all of the data in my spreadsheet, I can also calculate the bloom offset. One day I would like to convert the spreadsheet into a database so that I can use it to analyze the growth of the different peony species in my climate. I would also like to be able to automatically pull that data from the database and manipulate however needed to put into various pages on this web site. We did get a new iPad for Christmas this year. If I really get myself in gear, maybe I can use that to input data into the spreadsheet/database while I'm out in the garden. That would be nice! However it might be a little hard convincing my fiancée to let me take it out there. Maybe I'll have to get my own - for garden use only! :-)
Peony Data Spreadsheet

Sunday, December 2, 2012

2012 Cut Back Fall Foliage on Peonies

I can't believe it's December already, the last month of 2012. On Friday, the last day of November, I got a start on cutting back some of my peonies. That is the earliest I've started cutting them back in a few years. In the last couple of years, I've just been so busy that I haven't gotten around to cutting them back until after the new year. I actually cut back a few of them that still had some color on the foliage. Most of them were already brown, however. Here are the before and after pictures from cleaning up and cutting back my Saunder's peony garden. I also took the time to record the stem counts for any peonies I hadn't yet recorded the data on, and I also made sure to bag up all of the old peony foliage to try to prevent the spread of disease. Everything looks so much nicer now. Having a nice clean peony bed makes me long for spring when their soft pink tendrils will once again emerge from the soil!

Saunder's Peony Garden with Dead Foliage


Saunder's Peony Garden Cleaned Up

Sunday, June 24, 2012

2012 Peony Questions and Topics

I received a question on growing peonies as a comment on one of my posts. I would like this site to be as helpful to others as possible. So to that end, I would like to invite you to send me your peony questions, concerns, or topics you'd like me to cover. It doesn't matter how crazy or silly it might be, as long as it pertains to peonies, send it in! I will also creating a permanent link for Questions on the front page. So if you've got some burning question, that you'd love to have answered, please send it in. I'd be happy to answer any questions I know the answer to, try to research it for you if I don't have the data, and possibly even do some experiments to get an answer! You can contact me by email Send Your FAQ to Southern Peony. Also if you'd like to subscribe to this blog, you can do so here Subscribe to Southern Peony by Email.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

2012 Peony Colors

So far this year I seem to be on top of things for the most part. I have missed recording the colors of some of my early peonies in the past couple of years. It seems like by the time I remember to do it, the early peonies are finished blooming. However this year I have gotten the chance to record the colors of several of my early blooming peonies, including one of my favorites, Peony 'Lavender'. I still missed Peony 'Early Scout' this year. Perhaps I will get that one next year! I plan to update my Inventory page with the RHS colors and bloom types data from my surveys soon, and I plan to add the bloom season eventually, when I collect enough data for the bloom seasons for my growing zone.

Peony 'Honor'


Peony 'Roy Pehrson's Best Yellow'


Peony 'Firelight'

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

2011 Peony Experiments - Intersectional Blooms

I think I read somewhere that intersectional peonies would not bloom on old wood, and that the old stems must be cut down every year in order to get blooms. Somehow this did not ring true to me, and I wanted to find out for myself. So for the last 2 years I have left some of the old wood on my intersectional peony 'Bartzella'. The first year I didn't get any blooms on the old wood, but this year I did. Considering that intersectional peonies are merely a cross between herbaceous and tree peonies, and tree peonies bloom on woody stems, it makes sense that intersectional peonies could bloom on their woody stems as well. Perhaps the climate the intersectional peony is growing in will make a difference. I could see how the woody stems of the intersectional peony may not be as cold hardy as the woody stems of the traditional tree peonies. However for my zone 7 southern climate, intersectional peonies can definitely bloom on their woody stems from the previous year.
Peony 'Bartzella'


Peony 'Bartzella'

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2011 Peony Statistics & Data

I spent some time in my garden today, and boy is it hot out there! I was inspired to gather some data on my peonies. So I printed out a listing of all of my varieties, got my clipboard and pen, and got to work. I gathered some additional data on the colors of the peony blooms earlier in the season when the flowers were still in full bloom. Today I collected data on stem and bud counts. This will help me keep track of which peonies are increasing nicely and blooming successfully in my southern climate. I plan to post this data online to help everyone out there who wants to grow peonies in the south when I've collected enough of it to analyze and trend. I also plan to review peony foliage and diseases soon, so keep an eye out for that!