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Japanese Tree Peony.

01 February 2010 23:32:10
Japanese Tree Peonys

Japanese Tree Peonys

I was given 2 Japanese Tree Peonys at Christmas and due to the weather conditions they have been living in our front porch while is quite cool, they have really grown in stature with leaves opening on the purple one and the pink not far behind. I plan to pot them on into larger pots to let them develop further before either planting out once the frost is past or be able to set them into large glazed pots so as they can be moved to whatever location required. I'm wondering will they be too far advanced to be in bloom in June at the time of Caroline's wedding. I want to have a good selection of flowers in pinks and purples, while the countdown is on for Caroline with dress fittings etc I'm on a countdown to have the garden ready as I'd love to have her photos taken here. I already have the roses, peony Sarah Bernhardt and lots of flowers and shrubs that will look well but think there will be a shopping trip for more bulbs etc that should be in flower in June. At the moment in the propogator I have a selection of peony type of poppies just starting to germinate and on the utility room window sill pots of 6 different sweetpea again in the right colour scheme. I really should have a cutting bed for flowers for the house if I was going about it in the right way. I'm hoping that I can get Johnathan my eldest son to make up some structures for the garden that the sweetpea can be grown up, in one of my Geoff Hamilton books it gives details how to build them.  

On the veg front the Roma tomato seeds also in the propogator are just being to show so tomorrow they will probably need to be moved.

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Rachel Rachel 01 February 2010 23:37:32

June is a good month for a wedding. Plenty of pretty flowers.It sounds like your garden is going to look amazing this June!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 01 February 2010 23:42:34

Cant wait to see the photos. And hopefully the weather will do it all justice.

unagrant unagrant 02 February 2010 17:26:20

What a exciting year for you.  Your garden is going to look beautiful. 

Johnplotman Johnplotman 02 February 2010 18:58:48

Good luck Cloncaw,with a very busy year ahead for you.Your garden will be looking perfect for the occasion.

Deborah Deborah 02 February 2010 20:49:50

I'm not sure about the flowering time on this. If luck is with your the timing might be right, but you would want to make sure and keep them as cool as possible, you don't want them to be forced into flower earlier. As you can see they have been grafted on to a different rootstock. When you plant these in the garden you should bury the plant deeper than it is in the pot. Bury the entire rootstock and a little of the stem. By doing this you will encourage the top grafted bit to grow its own roots and will never have to worry about it breaking off (which can happen all too easily) because then you will end up with the actual roots shooting, which is strangely often an herbaceous peony, not a shrub!

Periwinkle Periwinkle 02 February 2010 21:40:48

There are a lot of plans in all of that! and I hope you will enjoy working on them all! The tree Peonies should be lovely. I just have the ordinary yellow on which I grew from seed some years ago. But I intend to get some other variety.

Cloncaw Cloncaw 03 February 2010 15:24:12

Thanks everyone for your comments, Deborah many thanks for the info have potted them on and moved them to a covered location outdoors which will hopefully slow them down a bit and yet not suffer from the frost. I'm not sure but the may go into pots this year and once I decide I will put them down deeper although I have covered the rootstock more but not really up the stem yet.


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