Sunday, January 30, 2022

2022 Southern Peony New Topic Labels for Price Comparison Lists

While working on my Peony Price Lists this year, 2022 Intersectional Peony Catalog Price Comparison List & 2022 Herbaceous Hot 100 Peony Catalog Price Comparison List, I noticed that is was hard to see the prices and varieties side by side for past years, when looking at the topic for "Price List". On the Southern Peony Popular Topics page, you can look at articles by topic. When you click on Price List, it takes you to all of the previous price list articles for both herbaceous and intersectional peonies. Usually if you want to compare, you probably want to see all of the past varieties offered or past prices listed for just one type or the other (herbaceous OR intersectional), but not both.

Southern Peony Popular Topics

So I decided to create 2 new labels and add them to the Popular Topics page, one for herbaceous peonies "Price List Herbaceous" and one for intersectionals "Price List Intersectional". So now you can click on just the type you are interested in viewing, and only those price lists will come up. I hope this new feature is helpful for you when comparing prices and varieties, checking which vendors may have offered which peony varieties in the past, etc. Happy Peony Hunting!!

Friday, January 28, 2022

2022 Herbaceous Hot 100 Peony Catalog Price Comparison List

I've been doing my Southern Peony Intersectional Peony Catalog Price Comparison Lists for 9 years now. This will be the 5th year that I list some of the pricey herbaceous peonies that people might be interested in. There are several up and coming hot herbaceous peonies that tend to be around or above the $100 price range. Some of these peonies can be hard to find and acquire because their stock is so limited (and some are sold out already). So this list will give you a heads up of where you can find them and who has them priced for what.

If you'd like to compare this year's prices to prices 2 years ago, here's a link to the Southern Peony 2020 Herbaceous Hot 100 Peony Catalog Price Comparison List. Even if you don't want to spend that much on one peony (yet!), at least you can drool! Enjoy!

It was a little sad to take Song Sparrow off the list since they closed at the end of 2020. (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.)

Herbaceous Hot 100 Peony Price List
Peony 'Tropicana'

Peony Vendor
Price Change
from Last Year

Adelman mixed, lower, higher, & same
Blossom Hill lower
Brooks higher & same
Cricket Hill same
Fina lower
Hidden Springs same
Hollingsworth mostly lower
Oh My Peonies lower
Peony's Envy same
Peony Shop Holland mostly lower
Solaris Farms mixed, lower, same, & higher
Swenson mixed, same, lower, & higher

Herbaceous PeonyPriceVendor
Angela Jo$320.00Hollingsworth
Alexander Woollcott$75.00Hidden Springs
Bethie$200.00Solaris Farms
Black Swan$100.00Solaris Farms
Blood Moon$450.00Solaris Farms
Bashful Queen€350.00Peony Shop Holland
Bob$125.00Hidden Springs
Calliope$250.00Solaris Farms
Cherry Bomb$600.00Solaris Farms
Constance Spry$200.00Swenson
Dreamtime$90.00Solaris Farms
Dreamtime$120.00Oh My Peonies
Early Canary$90.00Hollingsworth
Early Canary$125.00Hidden Springs
Early Canary€150.00Peony Shop Holland
Echoes of Love$400.00Solaris Farms
Edna's Wish$450.00Hollingsworth
Europa$375.00Solaris Farms
Euterpe$150.00Solaris Farms
Faithful Dream$90.00Hollingsworth
Faithful Dream$100.00Swenson
Faithful Dream€250.00Peony Shop Holland
Fire Bomb$200.00Swenson
Gena Marie$300.00Hollingsworth
Glorious Arrival$500.00Swenson
Glorious Blush$750.00Swenson
Glorious Cheer$1000.00Swenson
Glorious Grace$750.00Swenson
Glorious Honey$750.00Swenson
Glorious Hope$1000.00Swenson
Glorious Imprint$175.00Swenson
Glorious Lavender$2000.00Swenson
Glorious Look$150.00Swenson
Glorious Passion$300.00Swenson
Glorious Secret$750.00Swenson
Glorious Sound$300.00Swenson
Glorious Whisper$125.00Swenson
Golden Angel$38.00Hollingsworth
Golden Wheel$100.00Swenson
Greenland€80.00Peony Shop Holland
Green Monster€320.00Peony Shop Holland
Hanadama Pearl$500.00Solaris Farms
Hot Gates$400.00Solaris Farms
Imperial Fuchsia$100.00Hollingsworth
Independence Day€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Independence Day$125.00Hidden Springs
John's DreamC$100.00Blossom Hill
John's Dream$350.00Solaris Farms
Joyful Adornment€300.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Anointing€300.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Beginning€330.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Bliss€300.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Blush€600.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Celebration€330.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Clouds€640.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Compassion€640.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Dancing€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Desire€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Frills€300.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Gleam€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Harmony€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Hope€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Horizon€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Hush€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Love€300.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Moon€600.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Morning€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Nobility€300.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Note€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Romantic€800.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Salver€300.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Sun€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Joyful Well€120.00Peony Shop Holland
Juliska$48.00Hidden Springs
Juliska$49.99Hidden Springs
Kathy's Touch$50.00Hollingsworth
Kathy's Touch€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Kathy's Touch$75.00Brooks
Kayleigh Ann$190.00Hollingsworth
Kayleigh Ann$300.00Solaris Farms
Kayleigh Ann€320.00Peony Shop Holland
KimSue$175.00Solaris Farms
Lemon Chiffon€22.00Peony Shop Holland
Lemon Chiffon$50.00Solaris Farms
Lemon Chiffon$59.00Cricket Hill
Lemon Chiffon$60.00Fina
Lemon Chiffon$60.00Hollingsworth
Lemon Chiffon$60.00Adelman
Lemon Chiffon$65.00Brooks
Lemon Hayes€300.00Peony Shop Holland
Little Corporal$148.00Fina
Little Corporal$160.00Solaris Farms
Little Corporal$179.00Hidden Springs
Little Dorrit$300.00Swenson
Lois' Choice$90.00Hollingsworth
Lois' Choice$95.00Brooks
Lois' Choice$120.00Adelman
Lois' Choice$120.00Oh My Peonies
Lois' Choice$120.00Solaris Farms
Lois' Choice$129.00Cricket Hill
Majesty's Bonnet€175.00Peony Shop Holland
Majesty's Heart€200.00Peony Shop Holland
Majesty's Light€200.00Peony Shop Holland
Majesty's Splendor€200.00Peony Shop Holland
Majesty's Star€200.00Peony Shop Holland
Mystic Embers$400.00Oh My Peonies
Mystic Pink$250.00Oh My Peonies
Nelda's Joy$175.00Brooks
Nelda's Joy$185.00Adelman
Nelda's Joy€200.00Peony Shop Holland
New Dimension$160.00Hollingsworth
Northwind Maiden$100.00Solaris Farms
Old Soldier$95.00Solaris Farms
Omega Centauri$200.00Solaris Farms
Pastelegance€98.00Peony Shop Holland
Pastelegance$160.00Solaris Farms
Pastelegance$170.00Oh My Peonies
Pastelorama$179.00Hidden Springs
Pastelorama$180.00Solaris Farms
Pastelorama€200.00Peony Shop Holland
Patricia Jean$650.00Hollingsworth
Plum Surprise$150.00Swenson
Porcelain Doll$150.00Hollingsworth
Queen of Diamonds$500.00Solaris Farms
Queen Rose$100.00Swenson
Raspberry Delight$150.00Hollingsworth
Roger's Delight$1000.00Swenson
Roger's Prize$500.00Swenson
Roger's Red$400.00Swenson
Scarlet Tanager$400.00Swenson
Seidl's Super$170.00Hollingsworth
Seidl's Super$180.00Solaris Farms
Sky Dance$325.00Solaris Farms
Solara$140.00Solaris Farms
Spring Sun$425.00Hollingsworth
Stephen E Ambrose$250.00Swenson
Summer Glow$80.00Adelman
Summer Glow$90.00Hollingsworth
Summer Glow$95.00Solaris Farms
Sumvitg€220.00Peony Shop Holland
Sunny Boy$200.00Hollingsworth
Sunny Boy$225.00Solaris Farms
Sunny Girl€23.00Peony Shop Holland
Sunny Girl$32.00Solaris Farms
Sunny Girl$49.00Cricket Hill
Sweet Lemonade$125.00Adelman
Sweet Lemonade€150.00Peony Shop Holland
Tropicana$60.00Solaris Farms
Triphena Parkin€330.00Peony Shop Holland
Triton$650.00Solaris Farms
Vanilla Schnapps$70.00Hollingsworth
Vanilla Schnapps$85.00Solaris Farms
Vanilla Schnapps$125.00Hidden Springs
Viking Valor$75.00Solaris Farms
Virginia Emerson$90.00Hollingsworth
White Vanguard$390.00Hollingsworth
Wonderous Portrait$200.00Swenson
Wonderous Secret$500.00Swenson

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

2022 Swenson Gardens Offer 43 Intersectional Peony Varieties for Sale!

Wow! It is a record! Swenson Gardens is offering 43 distinct varieties of Intersectional Peonies for sale this year in 2022! This is the first year since I've been tracking Intersectional Peony prices (way back in our Southern Peony 2013 Intersectional Peony Catalog Price Comparison List) that any peony grower has offered 40 or more intersectional peony varieties for sale. This really speaks to how popular this type of peony has become over the years. It brings joy to my heart to see this type of interest and availability in Intersectional Peonies, as this type of peony grows and performs really well here in the South!

Swenson Gardens Intersectional Peonies

From the Swenson Gardens web site and emails, it looks like this is their 20th anniversary as well. So if you are interested in seeing all 43 photos in their digital catalog - the entire Swenson Gardens Intersectional Peony 2022 offering on one page, head on over to the Swenson Gardens web site and click on their "INTERSECTIONALS" link. If you are interested to see how their prices stack up against other peony growers, be sure to check out our Southern Peony 2022 Intersectional Peony Catalog Price Comparison List.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

2022 Southern Peony Gets a Big Snow!

2022 Southern Peony Gets a Big Snow!

It's been a while since we've gotten a big snow here. We did get some snow last January in 2021, and it was several inches, but you could still see a little grass peeking out. This year in 2022 we got total ground coverage! The photo above is the tree peony garden, and you can see that only the tops of the tree peonies are visible in the snow. The photo below shows the snow we got last January in 2021.

2021 Southern Peony Snow in January

You can see below one of the tree peonies is already working on growing its foliage for the coming spring. Don't worry this tree peony will be perfectly fine. The new foliage of tree peonies is much more cold hardy and resistant than new herbaceous peony foliage. All of this extra snow and chill time will be great for peony bud production. So enjoy the weather and don't worry about the peonies. Mother Nature knows how to take care of itself! I hope everyone who got some, enjoyed the snow this weekend!! ❆

Tree Peony in Snow with New Stems & Buds Growing

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

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

When I was working on my Southern Peony 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 Toulousaine' & Intersectional Peony 'Symphone Pourpre'.

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

Intersectional Peony 'Belle Toulousaine' is on the Southern Peony 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 Toulousaine' 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 Toulousaine' 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 Toulousaine' & 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 varieties 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' 美 (Beautiful Blossom)

Peony Vendor
Price Change
from Last Year

Adelman mostly lower or same
Blossom Hill same
Brooks mixed, lower, same, & higher
Cricket Hill same
Fina mixed, lower & higher
Hidden Springs higher
Hollingsworth mostly lower
Oh My Peonies mostly same
Peony's Envy same
Peony Shop Holland mostly lower
Solaris Farms mixed, lower & higher
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$48.99Hidden Springs
Bartzella$50.00Oh My Peonies
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$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$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$50.00Swenson
First Arrival$54.00Hollingsworth
First Arrival$58.00Adelman
First Arrival$60.00Brooks
First Arrival$60.00Fina
First Arrival$89.00Cricket Hill
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$79.00Peony's Envy
Going Bananas$35.00Swenson
Gordon E. Simonson€55.00Peony Shop Holland
Gordon E. Simonson$88.00Hollingsworth
Gordon E. Simonson$99.00Adelman
Gordon E. Simonson$100.00Solaris Farms
Gordon E. Simonson$100.00Swenson
Hidden Treasure$40.00Solaris Farms
Hillary$55.00Oh My Peonies
Hillary$89.00Cricket Hill
Joanna Marlene$50.00Fina
Joanna Marlene$55.00Adelman
Joanna Marlene$55.00Swenson
Joanna Marlene$60.00Solaris Farms
Julia Rose$40.00Swenson
Julia Rose$65.00Adelman
Julia Rose$65.00Brooks
Julia Rose$65.00Oh My Peonies
Julia Rose$79.00Peony's Envy
Kopper Kettle$45.00Fina
Kopper Kettle$95.00Oh My Peonies
Kopper Kettle$99.00Adelman
Kopper Kettle$150.00Swenson
Lemon Dream$34.00Fina
Lemon Dream$35.00Solaris Farms
Lemon Dream$36.00Adelman
Lemon Dream$40.00Swenson
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$45.00Oh My Peonies
Love Affair$60.00Hollingsworth
Love Affair$70.00Solaris Farms
Love Affair$85.00Adelman
Love Affair$90.00Brooks
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
Momo Taro (Peach Boy)$52.00Fina
New Millennium$90.00Hollingsworth
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$40.00Oh 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$48.00Adelman
Pastel Splendor$50.00Brooks
Pastel Splendor$56.00Fina
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$40.00Hollingsworth
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$60.00Fina
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
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
Viking Full Moon$40.00Oh My Peonies
Viking Full Moon$40.00Solaris Farms
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 piece. 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!