Thursday, February 10, 2022

2022 Solaris Farms Tree Peony Order Peony 'Angel' Emily & Her Children!

Tree Peony 'Angel Emily' is by far my favorite tree peony (at least so far!!). Unfortunately my Tree Peony 'Angel Emily' got killed 2 springs ago by TruGreen :-(. So now I have to order another one to put in a super protected area. 😊 My Tree Peony 'Angel Choir' was right beside it, and both of them bit the dust. Gosh, gardening can be an expensive hobby! Sometimes you think you only have to buy a plant once and it will be there forever, but that is not always the case!

Tree Peony 'Angel Emily'
at Solaris Farms
Tree Peony 'Angel Choir'
at Solaris Farms

Besides those two old favorites it looks like there are 2 new tree peonies from Nate Bremer at Solaris Farms that are children of Tree Peony 'Angel Emily' - Tree Peony 'Black Echo' and Tree Peony 'Olympus'. I really couldn't resist! They both look so gorgeous and loaded with blooms. I have spots in my garden picked out for them already! I want to put 'Angel Emily' in a lavender garden near my Intersectional Peony Garden, and I want to put Tree Peony 'Angel Choir' near a garden bench and bird feeder in my back yard. I also have some hot pink and light pink gardens where I'll put the other two new tree peony varieties.

Tree Peony 'Black Echo'
at Solaris Farms
Tree Peony 'Olympus'
at Solaris Farms

I am thrilled to see how Nate Bremer is carrying on the legacy of Bill Seidl in the hybridizing of tree peonies. It was a rare and unique opportunity to visit Bill's garden in 2016 Peony 'Dreamtime' Pollen from Bill Seidl's Garden before he passed away, and I'm so glad I had the chance. It was very humbling to find out that he even knew who I was! 😊 I can't wait to see how these new progeny of his angel, Tree Peony 'Angel Emily', turn out!! They look so lovely in the photos!!

Sunday, February 6, 2022

2022 Peony Shop Holland Offers 47 Herbaceous Hot 100 Peonies

Peony Shop Holland Offers 47 Herbaceous Hot 100 Peonies

There are so many pretty new peony cultivars over at Peony Shop Holland that are on the Southern Peony 2022 Herbaceous Hot 100 Peony Catalog Price Comparison List. The top grower on the list is actually a Dutch grower based in the Netherlands called Peony Shop Holland.

Peony Shop Holland is offering 47 distinct varieties on our Herbaceous Hot 100 list - (the most ever! since I've been compiling my list). I did notice that many of the peonies offered on the Peony Shop Holland list are Roger Anderson / Swenson Gardens hybridized varieties - that I haven't yet seen Swenson Gardens offer for sale (like all of the Peony 'Joyful ...' series peonies). I guess Swenson Gardens had too many new introductions and decided to sell some of them to Peony Shop Holland for propagation.

Peony Shop Holland is mostly wholesale, but I believe they will sell to anyone. However I think the shipping costs to the US can be prohibitive unless you are able to get together a group order. Here is a description of them from their web site: "Our peony nursery is specialized in growing and multiplying exclusive, high quality peony roots and flowers. is a family-owned business run by Jeremy and Joshua (brothers). We propagate our peonies the traditional way and don’t use Meristem culture. The peony flowers are mainly sold in the Netherlands. The roots are exported all over the world, mostly to wholesale peony buyers." If you'd like to learn more about Peony Shop Holland, you can also check out our hybridizer interview with Joshua in 2020 Peony Hybridizer Interview - Joshua Scholten.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

2022 Peony 'Lembrose' Most Expensive Peony Ever $2,500.00

Peony 'Lembrose' for Sale for $2,500.00 at Swenson Gardens

One shocking piece of news that came out of my work on the 2022 Herbaceous Hot 100 Peony Catalog Price Comparison List was the price tag on a new cultivar, Peony 'Lembrose', the biggest price tag I have ever seen. The only description on this very expensive peony (aside from the stats: 32" tall, 38" wide, double, mid) are, "Need we say more? The apex of new peony cultivars?", which is not much of a description to me. The Swenson Gardens web page does show several photos of the bloom as is progresses and opens, and it is very pretty.

Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel about this super expensive price tag. Does it mean that peonies are becoming more valuable? Is that good for the peony world? Does it mean that peonies are becoming more inaccessible to the average gardener? How do you feel about these new higher prices for new peony variety introductions? Would you pay $2,500.00 for one peony root? If you have a comment, please leave your thoughts below in the "Post a Comment" box.