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Have any of you got a peony Coral Sunset in your garden? My son had ordered me 2 of these as a Mothers Day present from Thompson and Morgan with delivery due by the end of April. Today he received an email saying delivery would now need to be at the end of July. They have given him the option of a refund due to the change of delivery date.I have admired it from pictures but have not seen it in reality so was wondering if it is worth the wait because the plants will have fiowered by the time I receive them. The peonies will be supplied in 3 litre pots so I would hope them to be flowering size, I know they can take a while to flower after planting but was optimistic they would flower this year. So are they garden worthy and are they worth a year long wait to see the blooms? 

Chloe in a word yes, Peonies are worth the wait. I bought a tree peonie last year. I've got a3or 4 year wait before i see a decent show. But all good things come to them that wait.
kelways may be worth a look.
it was mean't for you lily

Something else of my choosing. It was a joint birthday and Mothers Day present for me as he's a skint student  but it was to spoil me for all I do for him (his words) . He wanted to get me something that would last and considered 40 + years good value. He's a great lad , very generous hearted.

I do have a couple of peonies already, Sarah Bernhardt and the deep red Felix Crusse so I know they can take a season or two to establish but they are beautiful in flower and smell lush Musher. I'd only seen it on tv during the Chelsea flower show coverage and thought it looked special because the blooms fade down from coral to yellow. My gardens not that large so plants need to be special to earn their place and peonies don't unfortunately flower for very long. I wish I had the space for a tree peony Musher they can be stunning.


Looked at Kelways Musher bit more expensive . My lad had a special offer and free p+p.


I bought one last year, it's beautiful.

Lily my various paeonia flower from early May to early July depending on type, the older varieties flower first and they have to be staked as we get March winds in May in the NE. Coral Sunset is May flowering. I grew up with them and love them frustrating though they are though in a larger garden once flowering is over other plants and shrubs bloom. The container plants could be ready to bloom in the pots as the grower will have spent five or more years nursing the plants, once flowered they can go in the ground. Dig a large hole then fill it with good compost mixed with well rotted manure if you can get it, if not granular fertiliser plus bone meal. Plant with the top of the plant in the pot level with the surface of the earth around. Mulch in a ring round the new planting but not on the root ball, water well and you should get some flower next year and more as the years go on. Paeonia is for life not just Mothers day.



aym - if you were told Irises re bloom , I'm afraid you were misinformed. They don't, they only flower once. If they're not blooming in subsequent years, it's usually down to them needing split and replanted, which then invigorates them. The older, woody mid sections are then discarded.  

I love peonies but they often get battered by weather too much here, so they need to be in a sheltered spot - but those beautiful flowers are a delight. The best way to use them is to have other planting to follow in front of, and round them. 

Fairygirl, Paeonia are just like my daughters, beautiful to look at but oh so frustrating, even my patience is at times stretched. Cuttings drive me mad, they root then dawdle along until suddenly one year there will be one lovely flower then the sulk the next year, it took seven years with my last effort, last year it was glorious, you get there in the end. Then as with you near Inverness comes a late frost or strong wind, if not properly staked they get flattened. Again it is not frost that gets them but early sun defrosts them too quickly, mine face west and the Bungalow shades them from the rising sun. Why do we bother I ask, seeing the Rubra Pena bush in full bloom is heart stopping and for a short couple of weeks i can sit and enjoy, then like my daughters they leave, at least they come back more than once in the year.

That should read Rubra Plena.


Talking about peonies, I've planted 3 (one of them Sarah Bernhardt) in autumn 2014 and hat 3 leafy plants last year and only one flower on one of them. Today I looked at the spot and there's nothing at all showing yet.  Can I still hope or have to forget them?  

Hosta where did you buy your Coral Sunset peony from? What size was the plant that flowered for you last year? 

Frank   My other peonies are in my mixed borders which are full of roses and various perennials especially hardy geraniums, astrantias, day lillies ,japanese anenomes and bulbs such as alliums and lillies, also a few shrubs such as phyladelphus and various climbers so there is always beauty and scent. I would liken my daughter to an English rose. Beautiful, fragrant ,strong and if you're not careful a little bit prickly. 

Aym280  l do have bearded irises that rebloom . My irises are planted in my back garden which is south facing. My soil is Devon clay which has been well improved with grit, sand, horse poop and compost for many years. I've planted them with the rizome showing on a slight ridge towards the front of the border. After flowering I remove old flower stems, feed with fish blood and bone, add a thin top dressing of compost and water well . Then if we get lucky with the sunshine they will send up a few more stems in a few months time. The irises that rebloom for me are Desert Echo, a warm yellow scented iris, Immortality , a white tall iris and I've a lovely purple iris really scented, whose name escapes me at the moment.


My peony is three feet across - full of flowers in about may-june time

Landlubber is your peony a Coral Sunset variety? 

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