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Old 06-07-2007, 12:19 AM
 
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Peony most diffently!! They have wonderful color, make great cut flowers, and low maintance. I also love the clematis and roses.
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:35 AM
 
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Freeedom,
My peonies always sag over. I don't want to compromise the intregity of my lovely garden by tying them up. Do you have any suggestions?

Shelly
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Old 07-04-2007, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Warwick, NY
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Herbaceous peonies usually need supports. You may want to get the tall green cages that surround the plants to keep them up without tying.

I say rip them up and plant tree peonies .

When porcelain from China first arrived in Europe, they saw the porcelain decorated with highly stylized flowers that the Europeans believed to be the product of mere artistic fantasy. They were wrong.

Tree peonies (Paeonia suffruticosa) are a different thing altogether because they're shrubs, not herbaceous perennials. Tree peonies need to be planted on 5' centers and may grow up to 20 feet over time. They do require some work, particularly the first year when they are most susceptible to winter failure from wind burn. It's best to plant a small one, cover it with a basket or blanket to protect it and keep the base very well mulched. If the plant makes it two years, you should be in the clear. As with herbaceous peonies, fungus is the biggest problem so you must watch for it, particularly for bud blast. Looking the plants over every week in damp weather will tell you if you need to spray. Oh and deer don't like to eat them!

While still quite rare in North America, it pays to be discriminating and buy your stock from specialists in tree peonies. I've purchased from White Flower Farm and, while the prices are nuts, the stock arrives very well packed and in excellent health. Tree peonies do not like to be disturbed and that contributes to the first year failures. All in all, I find them no more difficult to grow than gardenias. Not a horrendous amount of work, but also not a plant-it-and-forget-it shrub like Rose of Sharon or euonymous. They come in single and double flowers. Either are exquisite despite flowers ranging in diameter from 8-14" across!

The last problem is envy. People have been known to pull over and pluck the blooms or cause accidents because just a few mature tree peonies in full bloom are like nothing you've ever seen.

There is a Chinese tradition that the spirits of the earth used the blooms of the tree peony to enter into the realm of air and then return to the earth before the blossom faded. Because of this, plucking the flowers was taboo.

Herewith, some examples of this remarkably stunning shrub:


http://www.kc.net/~lpesnell/peony/Teni.JPG (broken link)






Now imagine those blossoms covering the small tree in the picture below:
http://www.balacynwyd.org/Club_Activities/Beautification/2005_Awards/321Cynwyd_sm.JPG (broken link)

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Old 07-04-2007, 03:44 PM
 
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Default What is your favorite garden flower?

I love lilacs, poppies, nasturiums, and black-eyed susans
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Old 07-04-2007, 03:48 PM
 
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Ahhh poppies! Is there anything as red as a poppy? My grandmother always has a few in her garden. Blooms pass all too quickly.
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Old 07-04-2007, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Warwick, NY
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Another favorite of mine is Dictamnus albus, known as gas plant.

http://www.blanchettegardens.com/gallery/Dictamnus%20alba.jpg (broken link)

Gas plant is pleasant, has pretty white flowers, easy to grow, has no major pests (deer hate it), and it does a very cool (or hot) trick!

As you might guess from the name, the plant emits a gas and an oily substance that can irritate the skin though nothing like poison ivy/oak/sumac.

On a hot summer night when the air is still, flick your Bic next to the plant and..... WOOSH! Up goes a very pretty blue flame. The flame doesn't burn the plant and for startling effect, set gas plant in beds close to each other so the flame travels across the whole bed.


Take a look at this short video for a demonstration.

Kids think it's very cool.
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Old 07-04-2007, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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I love peonies, gardenias, and my favorites are hydrangeas.

shelly
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Old 07-04-2007, 05:21 PM
 
Location: California
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I love daisies My fav. Then I like violets
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Old 07-04-2007, 05:56 PM
 
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I love Tulips, makes me think of Holland, Roses are nice, however, more formal, However if sent yellow is my most favorite. I also like the simple pansy.
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Old 07-05-2007, 10:58 AM
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Now imagine those blossoms covering the small tree in the picture below:
http://www.balacynwyd.org/Club_Activities/Beautification/2005_Awards/321Cynwyd_sm.JPG (broken link)
Is that your tree peony? It's wonderful! Do you have to cut it or is this its natural shape? Is it one or several, due to its multiple trunks? It's gorgeous - I just think of having one myself.

I have just normal garden peonies but I love them too. They have enormous blossoms and smell heavenly.

http://foto.arcor-online.net/palb/alben/41/1063141/1280_6239376666393433.jpg (broken link)

Connie
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