Wednesday, January 30, 2019

2019 Intersectional Peony Catalog Price Comparison List

Not only is the new year here, but the first month of the new year is almost over! The online peony catalogs have been up for weeks now, but I think we are really only missing one. 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. I added a little bit of formatting and color to try to make the price list a little easier to read. I hope you like it! If you'd like to compare this year's prices to last year's prices, here's a link to my 2018 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.)

2019 Southern Peony Intersectional Peony Price List
Intersectional Peony 'Julia Rose'

Peony Vendor
Price Change
from Last Year

Adelman mostly same or lower
Blossom Hill same
Brooks mostly same or lower
Cricket Hill same
Fina same
Hidden Springs mostly higher
Hollingsworth mostly lower
Peony's Envy same
Peony Shop Holland mostly lower
Solaris Farms mostly lower or same
Song Sparrow same
Swenson mostly lower

Intersectional PeonyPriceVendor
Al's Choice$75.00Brooks
Al's Choice$75.00Swenson
Anderson's Kaleidoscope$40.00Swenson
(Anderson's) Kaleidoscope$75.00Brooks
Ballarena de Saval$65.00Adelman
Bartzella$40.00Solaris Farms
Bartzella$54.95Hidden Springs
Bartzella$75.00Song Sparrow
Bartzella$79.00Peony's Envy
Bartzella$89.00Cricket Hill
Berry Garcia$95.00Brooks
Border Charm$25.00Swenson
Border Charm$40.00Adelman
Border Charm$60.00Song Sparrow
Border CharmC$90.00Blossom Hill
Callie's Memory€10.00Peony Shop Holland
Callie's Memory$35.00Solaris Farms
Callie's Memory$40.00Hollingsworth
Callie's Memory$40.00Swenson
Callie's Memory$65.00Brooks
Canary Brilliants$35.00Solaris Farms
Canary Brilliants$40.00Swenson
Canary Brilliants$55.00Adelman
Canary Brilliants$55.00Brooks
Canary Brilliants$79.00Peony's Envy
Canary Brilliants$89.00Cricket Hill
Chief Black Hawk$175.00Brooks
Chief Black Hawk$175.00Swenson
Cora Louise$59.95Hidden Springs
Cora Louise$60.00Adelman
Cora Louise$60.00Brooks
Cora Louise$79.00Peony's Envy
Cora Louise$80.00Song Sparrow
Cora Louise$89.00Cricket Hill
Court Jester$40.00Swenson
First Arrival$35.00Solaris Farms
First Arrival$40.00Swenson
First Arrival$50.00Hollingsworth
First Arrival$57.00Fina
First Arrival$60.00Adelman
First Arrival$60.00Brooks
First Arrival$79.00Peony's Envy
First Arrival$89.00Cricket Hill
Garden Treasure$30.00Swenson
Garden Treasure$35.00Solaris Farms
Garden Treasure$50.00Adelman
Garden Treasure$50.00Brooks
Garden Treasure$50.00Hollingsworth
Garden Treasure$52.00Fina
Garden Treasure$54.99Hidden Springs
Garden Treasure$79.00Peony's Envy
Garden Treasure$85.00Song Sparrow
Garden Treasure$89.00Cricket Hill
Going Bananas$32.00Adelman
Going Bananas$40.00Swenson
Going BananasC$90.00Blossom Hill
Going Bananas$110.00Song Sparrow
Gordon E. Simonson$150.00Hollingsworth
Gordon E. Simonson$150.00Swenson
Gordon E. Simonson$185.00Adelman
Gordon E. Simonson€250.00Peony Shop Holland
Hidden Treasure$35.00Solaris Farms
Hillary$35.00Solaris Farms
Hillary$59.95Hidden Springs
Japanese Itoh
(Unknown Yelllow)
Joanna Marlene$60.00Swenson
Joanna Marlene$75.00Fina
Joanna Marlene$75.00Solaris Farms
Joanna Marlene$80.00Adelman
Julia Rose$35.00Solaris Farms
Julia Rose$40.00Swenson
Julia Rose$54.00Fina
Julia Rose$65.00Brooks
Julia Rose$75.00Adelman
Julia Rose$79.00Peony's Envy
Julia Rose$85.00Song Sparrow
Julia Rose$89.00Cricket Hill
Kopper Kettle$99.00Adelman
Kopper Kettle$100.00Swenson
Lemon Dream$35.00Adelman
Lemon Dream$35.00Solaris Farms
Lemon Dream$40.00Swenson
Lemon Dream$45.00Fina
Lemon Dream$55.00Brooks
Little Darlin'€25.00Peony Shop Holland
Little Darlin'$60.00Song Sparrow
Lollipop$45.00Solaris Farms
Love Affair€60.00Peony Shop Holland
Love Affair$120.00Brooks
Love Affair$125.00Adelman
Love Affair$150.00Solaris Farms
Lunar Glow$45.00Solaris Farms
Momo Taro (Peach Boy)$50.00Solaris Farms
Morning Lilac$60.00Solaris Farms
Morning Lilac$60.00Swenson
Morning Lilac$65.00Adelman
New Millennium$100.00Swenson
New Millennium€150.00Peony Shop Holland
New Millennium$160.00Hollingsworth
New Millennium$165.00Adelman
Norwegian Blush$125.00Swenson
Old Rose Dandy€13.00Peony Shop Holland
Old Rose Dandy$30.00Swenson
Old Rose Dandy$35.00Solaris Farms
Old Rose Dandy$40.00Adelman
Pastel Splendor$30.00Swenson
Pastel Splendor$35.00Solaris Farms
Pastel Splendor$42.00Fina
Pastel Splendor$45.00Adelman
Pastel Splendor$48.95Hidden Springs
Pastel Splendor$75.00Song Sparrow
Peppermint Blush$150.00Swenson
Pink Double Dandy$85.00Song Sparrow
Prairie Charm€10.00Peony Shop Holland
Prairie Charm$25.00Swenson
Prairie Charm$40.00Hollingsworth
Prairie Charm$44.95Hidden Springs
Prairie Charm$95.00Song Sparrow
Predawn Beauty$150.00Swenson
Purple Reign$250.00Swenson
Rosy Prospects€30.00Peony Shop Holland
Rosy Prospects$35.00Adelman
Royal Blush$50.00Swenson
Saffron Innocence$100.00Swenson
Scarlet Heaven$35.00Solaris Farms
Scarlet Heaven$40.00Adelman
Scarlet Heaven$40.00Hollingsworth
Scarlet Heaven$60.00Brooks
Scarlet Heaven$79.00Peony's Envy
Scarlet Heights$175.00Swenson
Sequestered Sunshine$48.00Fina
Shining Light$25.00Swenson
Singing in the Rain$40.00Solaris Farms
Singing in the Rain$50.00Adelman
Singing in the Rain$60.00Brooks
Smith Family Jewel$45.00Solaris Farms
Smith Family Yellow$99.00Adelman
Smith Family Yellow$100.00Hollingsworth
Sonoma Amethyst€30.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Amethyst$45.00Solaris Farms
Sonoma Amethyst$60.00Adelman
Sonoma Amethyst$65.00Fina
Sonoma Apricot€23.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Apricot$35.00Solaris Farms
Sonoma Apricot$80.00Adelman
Sonoma By the Bay$130.00Solaris Farms
Sonoma Halo$250.00Solaris Farms
Sonoma Halo$350.00Adelman
Sonoma Kaleidoscope$100.00Adelman
Sonoma Rosy Future$75.00Solaris Farms
Sonoma Rosy Future$85.00Adelman
Sonoma Sun€23.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Sun$45.00Adelman
Sonoma Velvet Ruby€23.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Velvet Ruby$35.00Adelman
Sonoma Welcome€25.00Peony Shop Holland
Sonoma Welcome$45.00Solaris Farms
Sonoma Welcome$65.00Adelman
Sonoma Yedo$350.00Solaris Farms
Strawberry Blush$150.00Swenson
Strawberry Blush$165.00Adelman
Tonka Berry$175.00Swenson
Tonka Peach$300.00Swenson
Tonka Pink$200.00Swenson
Unique€23.00Peony Shop Holland
Unique$45.00Solaris Farms
Viking Full Moon$35.00Solaris Farms
Viking Full Moon$45.00Adelman
Watermelon Wine€45.00Peony Shop Holland
Watermelon Wine$60.00Swenson
Watermelon Wine$99.00Adelman
White Emperor€25.00Peony Shop Holland
White Emperor$75.00Swenson
Yankee Doodle Dandy$85.00Song Sparrow
Yellow Crown€10.00Peony Shop Holland
Yellow Crown$35.00Solaris Farms
Yellow Dream$65.00Brooks

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2019 Peony 'Glowing Candles' Tries to Grow Again in January

Well, the first sprout on my newly planted Peony 'Glowing Candles' has already died. Back in November, shortly after I planted this peony root (in October), it sprouted the first time, 2018 Song Sparrow Peony Root Sprouting in the Fall. Now it's January, and it is sprouting again. We always have weird winter weather here in NC. You never really know what you're going to get, like the 2018 7 Inches of Snow on Southern Peony Gardens! we got this December. It was 71 degrees on January 1st for the high and 31 degress on the 21st for the high. It's mostly been in the 50s, 60s, or 40s for the high, but we've had some much colder weather so far this week. The 17 degree overnight temperatures we've had this week have surely done it in again. I just hope this thing has some eyes left (and energy) come spring!

Peony 'Glowing Candles' Growing Again in January

The more I think about this, the more I feel sure this root must have been refrigerated for some time (maybe even an extended period of time). I bought this root from the 2018 Fall Peony Sale @ Song Sparrow where they had 7 select peony varieties on sale for $19.95. The varieties they put on sale were 'David Harum', 'Glowing Candles', 'Green Lotus', 'High Adventure', 'Honey N Cream', 'Jubilee Pink', and 'Scarlet O'Hara'. I'm guessing those 7 varieties must have been overstocked and were in need of being sold, thus the price markdown. I couldn't resist buying Peony 'Glowing Candles', though, because it just looks so lovely. I'm wondering if anyone else who bought a root or two from this sale has had the same experience as me with having them sprout early (just curious)...

Monday, January 7, 2019

2019 Planting Chinese Peonies from Ebay

Chinese Tree Peony Order on Ebay

So I ordered these tree peonies on Ebay last August, and I just got around to planting them on the first of the year. I guess you could say I'm thinking these probably won't be correct. There weren't cheap, but they weren't that expensive either. Each of the orders was for 2 roots and it was $22.99 with free shipping. So I ended up with 4 roots altogether, but after opening the box and looking at the roots, I wasn't very motivated to plant them since they didn't really look like tree peonies to me. They looked like herbaceous roots. Also all 4 roots were in the same bag, and none of them were labeled for variety. I figured these were probably too good to be true, but I haven't seen anyone else offering tree peonies like these, and I actually did see the purple tree peony on my trip to China, 2018 Southern Peony Visits Shenzhou Peony Garden 神州牡丹园, (and it was my most favorite peony that I saw on the whole trip).

Chinese Purple Tree Peony

The color of the purple tree peony I photographed is not quite this blue toned (so obviously this photo was altered), but it was a lovely shade of lavender-pink-purple and it has this same "bomb" type peony flower form. So I had to try anyway since I really, really want one of those purple tree peonies. Who knows if I will ever find one, though? The roots however were a solid mass of crown with tons of eyes on them, no woody stems, and very little to no feeder roots. I'm sure they will live, but they will probably take many years to flower, and most likely they will be some type of herbaceous peony. I feel a little disappointed already, but my quest for the purple bomb type tree peony will go on, and I will just add the results of these roots to my 2018 Ebay Peony Seller Reviews, whenever they bloom and show their true colors!

'Qui Ball' Light Pink Tree Peony

Saturday, January 5, 2019

2019 Peony Experiment - Planting Little Darlin' Intersectional Root Pieces

Digging and Dividing Intersectional Peony 'Little Darlin''

You know me - I'm always up to something. So I decided to go visit my Grandma yesterday since it was raining, and you can't really do anything outside. I had purchased a couple extra 50% off roots in the Adelman Peony Gardens sale, 2018 Adelman Peony Gardens Black Friday Sale 50% Off for her, and I still hadn't remembered to give them to her yet. So it seemed like a good day to do it, but I also wanted to bring her a root from the 'Little Darlin'' Intersectional Peony which has been growing like a weed in my garden. I wanted to split it and bring her a hunk since it is planted right next to my Intersectional Peony 'Sonoma YeDo', and it is kind of encroaching on its space a bit.

Intersectional Peony 'Little Darlin'' Root Divisions

So I split a piece of my Intersectional Peony 'Little Darlin'' off with my shovel, but it split into two large chunks. The large chunk on the left with the huge root was one solid division, so I gave that one to my Grandma. The chunk on the right didn't have much root on it, and when I picked it up, it split into 7 pieces (with varying degrees of roots)!! All 7 pieces had nice pink buds on them. This sounded like another experiment in the making, and it reminded me a lot of the Intersectional Peony 'Bartzella' roots I planted in previous experiment, 2012 Peony Experiments - Intersectional Divisions.

7 Intersectional Peony 'Little Darlin'' Small Root/Eye Pieces

So I decided to plant all 7 intersectional peony root pieces in my peony test bed to see how they might grow. I planted them from smallest amount of root (on the left) to largest amount of root (on the right). It was a little muddy and wet outside for planting, but luckily it was only a light rain. We shall see in the spring how many of these roots sprout, and then we shall see how many of them live to see another spring. Last time all of the Intersectional Peony 'Bartzella' roots sprouted, no matter how little (or no) roots the division had, 2013 Peony Experiments - Intersectional Divisions Grow. So I am interested to see how these Intersectional Peony 'Little Darlin'' plants will do (especially since the original plant was growing like a weed).

Intersectional Peony 'Little Darlin'' Pieces Replanted

Intersectional Peony 'Little Darlin'' Sign

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 New Year Holds (Peony) Promise!

Wow! Happy 2019! I can't believe another year is done, and another one has already begun! Although time passes quickly I am always trying to make the most of it. There is always something to tidy up (in the house or garden). Since I've had the trees removed, 2018 More Light for Tree Peonies, Sweet Gum Ball & Poplar Trees Gone!, I've finished up putting out the beautiful bright colored mulch that was left behind, 2018 Mulch for Peonies from Tree Removal, found a bit of time to move a few tree peonies, 2018 Peony Experiments - Move Mislabeled White Tree Peonies, and also tuck a few last minute peony roots into the ground. I hope you've had time to clean up your garden and finish up any last minute gardening tasks you wanted to complete as well. If not, then you've got a whole new year!

Pink Lateral Tree Peony Bud

Yellow Terminal Tree Peony Bud

Now the waiting game has begun. I am so looking forward to seeing how my tree peonies perform this year, now that they have more sun. While I'm waiting I decided to take a few photos of some of the fat tree peony buds in my garden. Yes, it is only January 1st, and some of them are already a bit fat (actually I took these photos on New Year's Eve - December 31st). By the time April rolls around, the will be about to burst. It's so nice to see the different shapes, sheath colors, and bud colors on the tree peonies. Since we don't have any actual peony blooms yet, I thought I'd entertain you with a bit of anticipation and promise for peonies in the new year, not to mention these tree peony buds are a colorful lot too!

Tree Peony Lateral Bud

Tree Peony Lateral Bud

It's also kind of neat to see how different tree peonies have different shapes and colors of buds. The yellow bud it actually from Tree Peony 'Yao's Yellow'. So its buds kind of match its flowers since they are both yellow hued. Most of these tree peony buds pictured here are white flowering tree peonies, having pink buds. The middle tree peony bud photo is of the lavender P. rockii tree peony seedling that I am starting to watch. It's buds appear to be the lightest pink of this lot. The flowers on that tree peony open a lovely shade of lavender pink. I can't wait to see it bloom again! Happy New Year!

Tree Peony Terminal Bud