Tuesday, January 18, 2022

2022 Spring Hill Nursery Sells 2 New Intersectionals - Peony 'Belle Touslaine' & Peony 'Symphone Pourpre'

When I was working on my 2022 Intersectional Peony Catalog Price Comparison List this week, I couldn't help but notice all of the new intersectional peony varieties on this list. I was curious to see if Spring Hill might be offering any of the new intersectional peony hybrids again this year. I was happily surprised to see they are offering for sale 2 new intersectional peonies I had never seen offered before - Intersectional Peony 'Belle Touslaine' & Intersectional Peony 'Symphone Pourpre'.


Spring Hill Nursery Sells 2 New Intersectional Peonies
Peony 'Belle Touslaine' & Peony 'Symphone Pourpre'

Intersectional Peony 'Belle Touslaine' is on the 2022 Intersectional Peony Catalog Price Comparison List being sold by Peony Shop Holland, and Peony 'Symphone Pourpre' is not even on the list. I already had my eye on Peony 'Belle Touslaine' being offered in Peony Shop Holland's 2022 catalog for €55.00 (about $62.74 USD today). Spring Hill Nursery is offering this Intersectional Peony 'Belle Touslaine' variety for $79.99. They do however have a 10% off and free shipping sale going on, with coupon code 0477306. So with the lower price of $71.99 + free shipping, this seemed like a comparable price to Peony Shop Holland (when you add international shipping).


Spring Hill Nursery Coupon
10% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping on $50+

Plus with the opportunity to purchase Intersectional Peony 'Symphone Pourpre' as well, I just couldn't resist. 'Symphone Pourpre' translates from French to 'Purple Symphony' (and purple is my favorite color!). It looks like both of these varieties, Intersectional Peony 'Belle Touslaine' & Intersectional Peony 'Symphone Pourpre', were created by French hybridizer Theirry Rat. I am grateful to see some new international intersectional peony varieties being introduced to the US.

Peony 'Symphone Pourpre' is described as:
"From our French breeder, Symphonie Pourpre is ‘Purple Symphony’, best appreciated, much like a full orchestra, as a whole plant exploding with notes of fuchsia purple. This is one of the most floriferous Itoh we have come across; the bush is covered in semi-double fuchsia flowers lightly edged with a creamy pink picotee."


Spring Hill Nursery Intersectional Offerings

Also if you search Spring Hill's site for the word "itoh" (another name for intersectional), you will find that they are actually offering several intersectional peony varieties. Please keep in mind however, that the intersectional peonies they are offering are likely cloned varieties and usually only have 1 stem. These will take much longer to get established than most roots sold from traditional peony farms. This year they are offering Intersectional Peonies 'Oochigeas', (which I purchased in 2019 Spring Hill Nursery Peony Order Arrives) 'Bartzella', 'Duchesse de Lorraine' (which I purchased in 2020 Intersectional Peony 'Duchesse de Lorraine' Arrives from Spring Hill Nursery), 'Symphonie Pourpre', 'Belle Toulousaine', 'New Millenium' and 'Joanna Marlene' (not shown). If you are able to plant these in a nice home and are able to wait a bit longer for them to get established, this might be a good chance to get some expensive or hard to find varieities for a reasonable price!

Sunday, January 16, 2022

2022 Intersectional Peony Catalog Price Comparison List

It's been a little over 2 years since I published my last Intersectional Peony Catalog Price Comparison List! I hope this list aids you in your 2022 intersectional peony purchasing selections! The vendors who don't have their lists up yet still have a line through them. I'll update this information as more online peony catalogs are updated and become available.

If you'd like to compare this year's prices to prices 2 years ago, here's a link to my 2020 Intersectional Peony Catalog Price Comparison List. Enjoy!

(Also if you'd like your company to be listed here, please join the American Peony Society as a Commercial Member, since this is where I obtain my peony grower information.)


Southern Peony 2022 Intersectional Peony Price List
Intersectional Peony 'Misaka' įžŽ (Beautiful Blossom)


Varieties
Offered
Peony Vendor
Price Change
from Last Year

38
Adelman mostly lower or same
0
Blossom Hill same
19
Brooks mixed, lower, same, & higher
6
Cricket Hill same
8
Fina mostly same
3
Hidden Springs higher
12
Hollingsworth mixed, lower, same, & higher
27
Oh My Peonies mostly same
6
Peony's Envy same
39
Peony Shop Holland mostly lower
15
Solaris Farms mixed, lower & higher
43
Swenson mostly higher
Intersectional PeonyPriceVendor
Al's Choice$80.00Brooks
Al's Choice$85.00Swenson
Anderson's Kaleidoscope€18.00Peony Shop Holland
Anderson's Kaleidoscope$50.00Oh My Peonies
Anderson's Kaleidoscope$60.00Swenson
(Anderson's) Kaleidoscope$75.00Brooks
Bad Hair Day€60.00Peony Shop Holland
Ballarena de Saval$50.00Adelman
Bartzella$45.00Adelman
Bartzella$48.99Hidden Springs
Bartzella$50.00Hollingsworth
Bartzella$50.00Oh My Peonies
Bartzella$55.00Swenson
Bartzella$79.00Peony's Envy
Bartzella$89.00Cricket Hill
Belle Toulousaine€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Bully Buck€750.00Peony Shop Holland
Border Charm$35.00Swenson
Border Charm$40.00Adelman
Border Charm$40.00Oh My Peonies
Callie's Memory$50.00Swenson
Callie's Memory$50.00Hollingsworth
Callie's Memory$89.00Cricket Hill
Canary Brilliants$50.00Oh My Peonies
Canary Brilliants$55.00Adelman
Canary Brilliants$60.00Brooks
Canary Brilliants$79.00Peony's Envy
Caroline Constabel€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Cat Whiskers€130.00Peony Shop Holland
Chief Black Hawk$90.00Brooks
Chief Black Hawk€90.00Peony Shop Holland
Chief Black Hawk$95.00Swenson
Chief Black Hawk$100.00Adelman
Cora Louise$50.00Hollingsworth
Cora Louise$60.00Adelman
Cora Louise$60.00Brooks
Cora Louise$65.00Oh My Peonies
Cora Louise$79.00Peony's Envy
Cora Louise$89.00Cricket Hill
Court Jester$45.00Swenson
Court Jester$50.00Oh My Peonies
Danse Du Feu€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Dark Eyes$99.00Adelman
First Arrival$60.00Brooks
First Arrival$50.00Swenson
First Arrival$57.00Fina
First Arrival$58.00Adelman
First Arrival$70.00Hollingsworth
First Arrival$89.00Cricket Hill
Fizzy$99.00Adelman
Fruity Flash€50.00Peony Shop Holland
Garden Treasure$40.00Solaris Farms
Garden Treasure$48.99Hidden Springs
Garden Treasure$50.00Adelman
Garden Treasure$50.00Brooks
Garden Treasure$50.00Hollingsworth
Garden Treasure$52.00Fina
Garden Treasure$79.00Peony's Envy
Going Bananas$35.00Swenson
Going Bananas$50.00Hollingsworth
Gordon E. Simonson€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Gordon E. Simonson$99.00Adelman
Gordon E. Simonson$100.00Solaris Farms
Gordon E. Simonson$100.00Swenson
Gordon E. Simonson$110.00Hollingsworth
Hidden Treasure$40.00Solaris Farms
Hillary$45.00Adelman
Hillary$50.00Brooks
Hillary$50.00Swenson
Hillary$55.00Oh My Peonies
Hillary$55.00Fina
Hillary$89.00Cricket Hill
Joanna Marlene$55.00Adelman
Joanna Marlene$55.00Swenson
Joanna Marlene$60.00Solaris Farms
Joanna Marlene$75.00Fina
Julia Rose$40.00Swenson
Julia Rose$65.00Adelman
Julia Rose$65.00Brooks
Julia Rose$65.00Oh My Peonies
Julia Rose$70.00Hollingsworth
Julia Rose$79.00Peony's Envy
Kopper Kettle$95.00Oh My Peonies
Kopper Kettle$99.00Adelman
Kopper Kettle$150.00Swenson
Lemon Dream$40.00Swenson
Lemon Dream$35.00Solaris Farms
Lemon Dream$36.00Adelman
Lemon Dream$45.00Fina
Lemon Dream$50.00Brooks
Lavender Splash€130.00Peony Shop Holland
Lilac Flash€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Little Darlin'€25.00Peony Shop Holland
Little Edgy€150.00Peony Shop Holland
Lollipop$35.00Solaris Farms
Lollipop$42.00Fina
Lollipop$45.00Oh My Peonies
Lollipop$60.00Brooks
Lollipop$60.00Swenson
Love Affair$70.00Solaris Farms
Love Affair$85.00Adelman
Love Affair$88.00Hollingsworth
Love Affair$90.00Brooks
Luxuriant$125.00Brooks
Luxuriant$125.00Swenson
Magical Mystery Tour$50.00Solaris Farms
Magical Mystery Tour$68.00Adelman
Mock Orange Yellow€100.00Peony Shop Holland
Morning Lilac$60.00Swenson
Morning Lilac$68.00Adelman
Morning Lilac$75.00Oh My Peonies
New Millennium$99.00Adelman
New Millennium$100.00Swenson
New Millennium$125.00Oh My Peonies
New Millennium€185.00Peony Shop Holland
Norwegian Blush€28.00Peony Shop Holland
Norwegian Blush$50.00Swenson
Old Rose Dandy$35.00Swenson
Old Rose Dandy$40.00Adelman
Old Rose Dandy$40.00Brooks
Old Rose Dandy$40.00Hollingsworth
Old Rose Dandy$40.00Oh My Peonies
Oneida Chief€50.00Peony Shop Holland
Oochigeas€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Pastel Lilas€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Pastel Splendor€22.00Peony Shop Holland
Pastel Splendor$35.00Swenson
Pastel Splendor$40.00Oh My Peonies
Pastel Splendor$44.95Hidden Springs
Pastel Splendor$42.00Fina
Pastel Splendor$48.00Adelman
Pastel Splendor$50.00Brooks
Pastel Splendor$89.00Cricket Hill
Peekaboo Flash€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Pink Flash€130.00Peony Shop Holland
Prairie Charm$30.00Swenson
Prairie Charm$40.00Oh My Peonies
Predawn Beauty$60.00Swenson
Raggedy Ann$75.00Oh My Peonies
Rosy Prospects$50.00Swenson
Royal Blush€35.00Peony Shop Holland
Royal Blush$50.00Swenson
Ruffled Flash€200.00Peony Shop Holland
Saffron Innocence$50.00Swenson
Scarlet Heaven$40.00Swenson
Scarlet Heaven$48.00Adelman
Scarlet Heaven$79.00Peony's Envy
Scarlet Heights$75.00Swenson
Scrumdidleyumptious$100.00Oh My Peonies
Sequestered Sunshine$65.00Oh My Peonies
Sequestered Sunshine$85.00Brooks
Shining Light$30.00Swenson
Singing in the Rain$50.00Adelman
Singing in the Rain$50.00Oh My Peonies
Singing in the Rain$60.00Brooks
Smith Family Yellow$80.00Adelman
Smith Opus #1 (Misaka)$150.00Oh My Peonies
Smith Opus #2 (Treasure)$150.00Oh My Peonies
Soleil D'Ambre€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Son Flash€50.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Amethyst€33.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Amethyst$60.00Adelman
Sonoma Amethyst$65.00Fina
Sonoma Apricot$65.00Adelman
Sonoma Apricot$75.00Oh My Peonies
Sonoma Blessing€28.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Blessing$35.00Solaris Farms
Sonoma By the Bay€28.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma By the Bay$80.00Solaris Farms
Sonoma Floozy$45.00Adelman
Sonoma Halo€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Halo$150.00Solaris Farms
Sonoma Halo$185.00Adelman
Sonoma Rosy Future$40.00Solaris Farms
Sonoma Rosy Future$50.00Adelman
Sonoma Sun€33.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Sun$40.00Adelman
Sonoma Surprise$125.00Adelman
Sonoma Velvet Ruby$35.00Adelman
Sonoma Velvet Ruby€40.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Welcome$50.00Adelman
Sonoma Yedo€65.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Yedo$185.00Adelman
Sonoma Yedo$199.00Oh My Peonies
Sonoma Yedo$250.00Solaris Farms
Strawberry Blush$99.00Adelman
Strawberry Blush$100.00Swenson
Strawberry Blush€150.00Peony Shop Holland
Strawberry Creme Brulee€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Sunrise Flash€130.00Peony Shop Holland
Sunset Flash€60.00Peony Shop Holland
Sugar Plum Fairy$60.00Hollingsworth
Tonka Berry$100.00Swenson
Tonka Burst$150.00Swenson
Tonka Delicacy$150.00Swenson
Tonka Mulberry$200.00Swenson
Tonka Peach$300.00Swenson
Tonka Pink$100.00Swenson
Tonka Purple$500.00Swenson
Tonka Sublime$250.00Swenson
Tonka White$250.00Swenson
Unique$42.00Adelman
Unique$50.00Swenson
Viking Full Moon$40.00Oh My Peonies
Viking Full Moon$40.00Solaris Farms
Viking Full Moon$40.00Hollingsworth
Watermelon Wine$50.00Swenson
Watermelon Wine€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Watermelon Wine$75.00Adelman
Watermelon Wine$80.00Brooks
Watermelon Wine$85.00Oh My Peonies
White Emperor$75.00Swenson
Yankee Doodle Dandy$75.00Oh My Peonies
Yellow Crown$30.00Solaris Farms
Yellow Dream$60.00Brooks
Yellow Emperor$70.00Oh My Peonies

Sunday, January 2, 2022

2021 Cut Back Brown Peony Stems After a Rain


Wet/Damp Peony Stems Are Easier to Handle

This is something I have been doing for a few years now. If you haven't figured it out yet, the best time to cut back brown peony stems is just after a rain. (I usually do it the day after a rain so that things aren't completely soaking wet.) Otherwise the peony leaves and stems are so brittle, they break and crumble so easily making a big mess in the garden, especially if you are trying to bag and dispose of them (which you should be to prevent more disease spread).


Rain from Last Night

After a rain however, they are soft and pliable, easily bagged and stay in one peice. We got over a half inch of rain yesterday. So today was a great day to get out in the garden and work in the peonies. I am not completely finished cutting back all of my dead peony stems for the year, but I have made a big dent this week while on vacation. I hope you had some time around the holidays to get out in the garden and enjoy the nice weather. We've had an entire week of 70 degree temperatures, which is unheard of for this time of year. Sometimes you will get a day here and there over the winter in the 70s, but never an entire week!

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

2021 How To Cut Back a Tree Peony


Tree Peony with Dead Foliage

After a while that beautiful tree peony goes from gorgeous to gross, and you just want to erase it from your landscape. In order to get it looking decent again (and ready for spring), you need to cut it back. Cutting it back also removes parts of the stem that won't be needed next season and all of the dead foliage, which could harbor disease. The parts of the stem you will want to remove are any bloom stems that either bloomed or failed to bloom, but you don't want to cut off too much, as you don't want to lose any growth buds, which is where the peony will start to grow from in the spring.


Cut Tree Peony Bloom Stem 1" Above Top Bud

There are different ways you can cut back your peony stems and different methods of removing the foliage. I'll go over both of them here. The first way of cutting back the bloom stems is to cut the bloom stem back to 1 inch above the top growth bud on the stem. Using your pruners cut the stem at an angle (to prevent water pooling/damage) 1 inch above the leaf joint that contains a rounded, sometimes pinkish growth tip.


Tree Peony After Bloom Stem Cut 1" Above Top Bud


Tree Peony Bloom Stem Cut Back

After the bloom stem has been cut off, next the foliage stems should also be pruned. The foliage stems can be cut back to about 2 inches to leave a pointy, pokey hardened foliage stem to protect the growth bud, while the dead leaves will be removed and thrown away. These hard stems can be useful if you have a problem with animals that like to browse your tree peonies (like deer). It is not a huge obstacle, but an obstacle nonetheless, and may help protect your peonies from hungry animals.


Cut Tree Peony Leaf Stems Down to 2"

After one foliage stem has been cut back, continue cutting back all of the foliage stems on that main stem to 2 inches as well. As you are cutting the foliage, make sure you are placing it in a bucket or bag for disposal. Don't leave the dead stems and foliage on the ground underneath the tree peony. This will help with plant hygiene and health.


Cut Tree Peony Leaf Stems Down to 2"


Dispose of Tree Peony Stems & Foliage


Cut Tree Peony Bloom Stem Just Above 1 Segment Higher than Top Bud

Another way to cut back the peony bloom stem is to make your cut a little higher on the tree peony stem, one leaf segment above the top bud. This may be a useful method if you are concerned about severe cold or dieback in your peony stems. Here in my garden in the South, we don't usually have to worry about temperatures that cold. Some Northern states keep snow cover all winter to protect the peonies. However if you live in an area with extreme cold and no snow cover, you may be a bit more concerned about stem dieback. Or perhaps you've experienced stem dieback in the past, in which case this maybe the method that you choose.


Tree Peony After Bloom Stem Cut
Just Above 1 Segment Higher than Top Bud


Remove Foliage Stems
from Tree Peony

Pull Down Tree Peony Foliage Stem to Pop Stem Off

Another method of removing tree peony foliage stems is pretty easy and doesn't require any clippers. You simply pop them off by pressing the foliage stem in the opposite direction than it was growing. The entire foliage stem removes cleanly. I like to use this method for any foliage segments that do not have a growth bud in them. Since there is no growth bud that needs protection, the entire foliage stem can be removed, leaving the tree peony a bit more clean.


Tree Peony After Foliage Stem Popped Off

You can then continue cutting back any foliage stems with growth buds at the base. Keep repeating these processes until you have cut back all bloom stems and removed or cut back all foliage stems as well. After you are finished with the entire tree peony plant, it will be back to stems only, be so much cleaner, and ready for spring!! Happy Garden Cleaning!!!


Cut Back Foliage Stems to 2" to Protect Growth Buds


Tree Peony Cleaned Up & Ready for Spring!

Monday, December 27, 2021

2021 Southern Peony Colors Page Updates

While working on updating the colors for the Southern Peony Colors page, I noticed that some of the colors I was adding didn't accurately match the swatches in my RHS Mini Color Chart. I was previously (until this month) using the color RGBs listed in the RHS Color Fans from the Azalea Society of America, which have some noted flaws listed here on the Azalea Society of America Color Systems page, if you are interested in a bit more depth on color matching theory. I had noticed this in the past on a couple of the colors and tried adjusting the brightness on them manually to get them to match the swatch a bit better. Since I felt the color swatches I was creating were too manual of a process and open to a bit more error, I decided to search for a different RHS RGB color chart.


Southern Peony Colors Page Navigation Bar
So I found this PDF of an RHS RBG chart from the International Lilac Society - Lilac Color Groups by RHS, which I have downloaded for future reference as well, as I add new colors in the future. This RHS RBG chart seems to be much more accurate than the Azalea Society RGB charts. RGB is the numerical representations of the amount of Red, Blue, and Green that are needed make up any color in our visible color spectrum. This RGB number can be represented as either 3 separate 3-digit numbers or a single hexadecimal number. Anyway, enough color nerd stuff, the point of all this is I used these updated RGBs to remake all of the color swatches on my Southern Peony Colors page.

Don't worry, the peonies themselves haven't changed, their relationship to other peonies classified in the same color haven't changed. The only thing that has changed is that you should get a more accurate color representation on your device when you view the Southern Peony Colors page. Hopefully this all make sense and helps readers find the peony colors they are looking for, for their garden! Also while I was updating the Colors page, I also decided to update the navigation bar at the top to have a small color swatch underneath each color name (as shown in the photo above) - hopefully making the navigation a bit quicker too!  🙂