Monday, June 28, 2010

2010 Summer Watering Peonies

Wow. We are only 1 week into the summer, and it is already bad. It is soo hot (100 degrees yesterday), and it hasn't rained in over two weeks, since June 13th. I felt so sorry for some of my peonies that I had to water a couple of them today. A few of them were drooping, and on some of them the leaves have turned yellow. This is not good. I hope we get some rain soon!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

2010 APS Peony Convention Highlights

Here are few of my other favorite pictures from the 2010 American Peony Society Convention...

Rotary Gardens - Site of 2010 APS Convention

Award Ribbons
Coral Peonies

The Coolest Car at the Convention

Friday, June 11, 2010

2010 APS Peony Convention Hybridizers & Growers

One awesome part of the convention was getting to meet some of my favorite hybridizers and growers. It was neat to pick their brains on what has worked or not worked for them in areas I'm interested in. I also like learning about their operations to see how the business side of things work for them. Here are some pictures of some of the neat people I met at the show. I met lots of other neat people too, but I may not have a gotten a picture...
Reiner Jakubowski (APS Registrar) and me

Sarah Klehm & Roy Klehm (Klehm's Song Sparrow) and me

Don Hollingsworth (Hollingsworth Nursery) & me

Jim Adelman, me, and Carol Adelman (Adelman Peony Gardens)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2010 APS Court of Honor Peonies

There were several beautiful peonies on the Court of Honor this year, but I think my favorite was Peony 'Coral Sunset'. Only one peony made it to the Court of Honor from the amateur class, Peony 'Bartzella'. There were so few entries into the tree peony category that only two of them made it to the Court of Honor, Peony 'Waucedah Princess' and Peony 'Tria'. Actually there were very few tree peonies in the whole show. Some tree peony categories had no entries. So anyone interested in showing tree peonies should enter next year since there is very little competition.
Peony 'Lancaster Imp'
Peony 'Frances Mains'?
Peony 'Topeka Garnet'?
Peony ''?
Peony 'Coral Sunset'
Peony 'Rosedale'
Peony 'Bartzella'
Peony 'Love Affair'
'Waucedah Princess'
Peony 'Tria'

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

2010 APS Intersectional Peonies

There were several intersectional peonies entered into the 2010 APS flower show. Only two of those made it to the Court of Honor. One of them was Peony 'Bartzella' (a yellow) which was the only peony entered by someone in the amateur division that made it to the Court of Honor, and the other was 'Love Affair' (a white). The competition flowers were beautiful, but I think their class can be much improved in beauty and form with future hybridizing efforts.