Monday, September 20, 2010

Big Win for Farm Peonies

 It was a record year for the Central Experimental Farm Peony Collection at the 2010 National Peony Show, June 12-13, at the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens.  The CEF earned 7 first, 1 second, 3 third, and 9 fourth - place ribbons at the annual event that draws competitors from across Canada.  And for the first time since the Friends of the Experimental Farm have been entering the show, a CEF peony made it to the Court of Honour.  Winner in the common garden peony, single class, "Imperial Red" vied with 10 other first-in-their-class peonies for the title of Grand Champion.  Although "Imperial Red" lost out, it received a special certificate of merit for making it to the prestigious Court of Honour.  The Friends of the Farm Peony Team proudly presented the certificate to Jean-Pascal (JP) Gratton, Supervisor of the CEF Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens.

The tremendous showing by the CEF peonies is even more noteworthy when you consider the painstaking preparation process undertaken by the Friends of the Farm Peony Team.  The blooms must be picked in the late bud stage, tagged, and refrigerated until show time.  The process is repeated once or twice a week to catch the different varieties at the right point of ripening.  The buckets are stored in a cooler in Building 72, and transported to the show in picnic coolers.  At the show, there's some last-minute housekeeping - removing any unsightly leaves or stem marks and cutting the stem to a standard length - before each bloom makes it to the appropriate judging table.

Taken with permission from Friends of the Central Experimental Farm Fall 2010
Photo by R. Hinchcliff

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Yellow Itoh ???

photo by Alice H.

A photo of this lovely bloom was taken September 9, 2010. Label was lost. Could be Yellow Heaven?? Any ideas.

Submitted by Alice Homer P.E.I.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Lousy Weather , Great Blooms

by Carlos Beca

Julia Rose
Garden Treasure
Harriet Olney
Bess Bockstoce

Peony blooms shared from the west. Carlos tells me the weather has been miserable this year, but, he managed to get some blooms to enjoy!!

Submitted by Carlos Beca, Alberta

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Donations from Friends

by Phyllis McCord

Unknown White
This is a peony from my backyard.

Over the past few years as I have begun my garden, I have been given plants and roots whose identities have long been forgotten. While it doesn’t lessen my enjoyment I am looking forward to learning all about them!

submitted by Phyllis McCord  Alberta

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lee Valley Grafting Tool

 by Ron Adams

After doing more than thirty grafts with the new grafting tool from Lee Valley (commented on "Planting, Care, Seeds & Drying, Cutting & Storage section) I am not so sure of its efficacy.  The tool will only make an incision of 3/8" which presents a challenge when holding the scion and rootstock together and binding the parafilm over the join.  At first I was attempting to graft alone but after many trials found that an extra pair of hands to hold the scion and rootstock together allowed me to bind the parafilm much tighter and thereby obtain a better fit.
The limitations that I encountered were that the largest diameter that the tool could accommodate was 5/8" with the wedge method one is usually dealing with a depth of an inch or more whereas this tool's depth is only 3/8".  Another limitation was the difficulty in trying to sterilize the tool.  The blade is inside the sliding mechanism and troublesome to clean also the blade became tarnished and rusty overnight in spite of efforts to clean and dry it.
In conclusion I do not feel confident that the grafts will "take" but who knows maybe next spring I will be pleasantly surprised and rewarded with a few grafted peonies.  Will report back next year.

Lee Valley Grafting Tool,47236&p=64798

Has anyone else tried this tool??  Share your experiences with us.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Root Sale 2010

CPS Root Sale is CLOSED for 2010

The Peony Root Sale is open to current members in good standing of the 
Canadian Peony Society only!!

Our members and nursery friends have come through with an array of roots that I hope will tantalize and entice those of us who have never bought before and those who are looking to add to their collection to try at least one. Twenty of this years selections are being offered for the first time.
Nos membres et amis de maternelle sont venus par le biais d'un réseau de racines qui je l'espère, ravira et inciter ceux d'entre nous qui n'ont jamais acheté avant et ceux qui cherchent à ajouter à leur collection d'essayer au moins une. Vingt sélections de cette année sont offertes pour la première fois.
Deadline to place your order is Friday, September 10, 2010
Date limite pour placer votre commande est le vendredi, Septembre 10, 2010

Special thanks to this year’s Donors:
Merci spécial aux donateurs de cette année:
Blossom Hill Nursery: Joe, Hazel & Amy Cook, Driedger Nurseries Ltd.: Ed Kruger, Dutch Girl Peonies: Adriana Work, Ferncliff Gardens: David & Sheila Jack, La Pivoinerie D’Aoust: Lindsay D’Aoust, Peonies From the Field: Lana Taylor-Mills, Terri & Mike, Pivoines Capano: Mano Capano, Parkland Perennials: Bob Yaremko, Planteck Biotechnologies: Richard Labbe, Select Plus: Frank Moro.
Angie Andruss, Barbara Baker, Carlos Beca, Robert Burtch, Nathalie Chaley, Chris Chirhin, Ann Finlayson, Wayne Lang, Alice Macaulay, Blaine Marchand, Eva Mitravitz, Brian Porter, Mary Pratte, Mary Ellen Simmerson, Bill Wegman.

For detailed description use Google search ex “peony Do Tell”
Pour reprendre la description détaillée de recherche Google ex "pivoine Do Tell"

Herbaceous, Lactiflora
1. Alley Cat, Cactus Type, Cream w/red stripes $ 35.00
2. Attar of Roses, Double, Pink $ 35.00
3. Bowl of Beauty, Japanese, Fuschia $ 25.00
4. Bowl of Cream, Double, White $ 25.00
5. Bride’s Dream, Japanese, White $ 25.00
6. Butterbowl, Japanese, Pink $ 25.00
7. Charles Burgess, Japanese, Red $ 30.00
8. Cincinnati, Double, Dark Pink $ 25.00
9. Clemenceau, Double, Pink $ 35.00
10. Dayton, Double, Pink $ 30.00
11. Do Tell, Japanese, Pink $ 25.00
12. Dragon’s Nest, Japanese, Magenta $ 40.00
13. Elsa Sass, Double, White $ 25.00
14. Esmeralda, Semi Double, Light Pink $ 45.00
15. Felix Supreme, Double, Red $ 30.00
16. Festiva Maxima, Double, White $ 25.00
17. Fringed Ivory, Double, White $ 25.00
18. Garden Parfait, Double, Pink $ 25.00
19. George Vorauer, Single, Red $ 45.00
20. Gertrude Allen, Anemone, White $ 25.00
21. Golden Bracelet, Double, White $ 30.00
22. Jeanne d’Arc, Double, Pink $ 35.00
23. Judy Anne, Double, Pink $ 45.00
24. Kansas, Double, Watermelon Red $ 25.00
25. Krinkled White, Single, White $ 25.00
26. Lady Alexandra Duff, Double, Pink $ 30.00
27. LaDonna, Double, Pink $ 30.00
28. Leto, Japanese, White $ 25.00
29. Longfellow, Double, Red $ 25.00
30. Milton Jack, Double, Rose Red $ 25.00
31. Mme Jules Dessert, Semi Double, White $ 40.00
32. Modest Guerin, Double, Pink $ 30.00
33. Moon Over Barrington, Double, White $ 25.00
34. Mons Jules Elie, Double, Pink $ 25.00
35. Mother’s Choice, Double, White $ 25.00
36. Mr Ed, Double, Pink $ 25.00
37. Nick Shaylor, Double, White $ 25.00
38. Onondaga, Double, Red $ 30.00
39. Plainsman, Japanese, White $ 35.00
40. Sarah Bernhardt, Double, Pink $ 25.00
41. Seashell, Single, Pink $ 25.00
42. Shirley Temple, Double, Blush $ 25.00
43. Snow Swan, Single, White $ 25.00
44. Solange, Double, Salmon Pink $ 35.00
45. Stellar Charm, Anemone, White $ 40.00
46. Sweet Melody, Double, Pink $ 40.00
47. Sword Dance, Japanese, Red $ 25.00
48. West Elkton, Japanese, Red $ 25.00

Herbaceous Hybrid
49. Adrienne Clarkson, Single, Pale Yellow $120.00
50. Cherry Ruffles, Semi Double, Red $ 30
51. Coral Charm, Semi Double, Coral $ 30.00
52. Coral Fay, Semi Double, Pink $ 25.00
53. Coral Sunset, Semi Double, Coral $ 30.00
54. Diana Parks, Double, Red $ 30.00
55. Garden Peace, Single, White $ 30.00
56. Heavenly Pink, Double, Pink $ 45.00
57. Henry Bockstoce, Double, Red $ 25.00
58 Little Red Gem, Single, Red $ 35.00
60 Paula Fay, Semi Double, Pink $ 25.00
61 Red Charm, Double, Red $ 25.00
62 Red Grace, Double, Red $ 30.00
63 Rose Crystal, Single, Ivory $ 35.00
64 Scarlet O’Hara, Single, Red $ 30.00

65 P. tenuifolia, Rubra Plena, Double, Red $ 65.00

Intersectional Hybrid-*2**3yr micro-propagation
**3yr should flower next year
66 *Bartzella, Semi Double, Yellow $ 50.00
67 **Cora Louise, Semi Double, White w/lavender flares $ 50.00
68 Garden Treasure, Semi Double, Yellow $150.00
69 **Going Bananas, Single, Yellow $ 50.00
70 *Julia Rose, Semi Double, Red $ 50.00
71 **Magical Mystery Tour, Semi Double, Pink $ 50.00
72 *Raggady Ann, Semi Double, White w/red flares $ 50.00
73 **Singing in the Rain, Single, Yellow to Pink $ 50.00
74 **Smith Family Yellow, Semi Double, Yellow $ 40.00
75 **Yankee Doodle Dandy, Semi Double-Double, Pink $ 40.00

Mystery Offerings – Very Popular (Be Daring!!)
76 L. Double, Pink, 36” opens around June 16 $ 25.00
77 L. Double, full Double, White to Pale Pink $ 25.00
78 L. Double, Loose Semi Double to Double, Pink $ 25.00

Prices for roots are fixed and a fee of $4.00 per root will be added to each order to offset Canada Post rates.
Prix pour les racines sont fixes et des frais de $4.00 par racine seront ajoutés à chaque commande pour
compenser les taux de Postes Canada.

Please order by email where possible and include your name, mailing address and the names of roots you wish to purchase. DO NOT send money with your order.
S'il vous plaît commande par courrier électronique lorsque c'est possible et inclure votre nom, adresse postale et le nom des racines que vous souhaitez acheter. NE PAS envoyer de l'argent avec votre commande

By Email:

Where demand exceeds supply, buyers will be randomly selected. Shipping dates vary from September to sometime in October. Donors will ship directly to the buyer.
Lorsque la demande excède l'offre, les acheteurs seront sélectionnés au hasard.  Les dates de livraison varient de Septembre à Octobre dans le courant.  Les donateurs seront envoyés directement à l'acheteur.

Buyers will forward a cheque payable to “The Canadian Peony Society” to M. Sequeira at above address once all roots have been received.
Les acheteurs pourront faire parvenir un chèque payable à "La Société canadienne de la pivoine à M
Sequeira au-dessus de l'adresse une fois toutes les racines ont été recues.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fleurs après LA SAISON PIVOINE AT ma ferme à St-Stanislas QUÉ
Nous préparons le FESTIVAL LACHUTE le 12 juin et 13 2011


Martinus Mooijekind

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pivoines Capano lance des petits gâteaux avec des pivoines

J'ai frappé ce site et a été surpris de constater que d'une pépinière pivoine a été la vente de petits gâteaux créé et nommé d'après pivoines.

Idée marketing très cool. Je vous souhaite tout le succès avec cette nouvelle aventure.

I hit this website and was surprised to find that a peony nursery was selling cupcakes created and named after peonies.
Very cool marketing idea.  Wish you all the success with this new venture.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Big Sisters Garden Tour 2010 Northumberland

Photos submitted by Wayne Lang
Taken by photographer for Big Sisters Tour

Submitted by Wayne Lang Campbellcroft, ON
Photos taken by Big Sisters Garden Tour Photographer

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Is It Hot Enough for You?

So far the sweltering heat befalling Ontario has not affected the plants too much.  With 5 to 6 days of 30 something temps and humidity making it feel like its in the 40's make sure that you keep your plants hydrated.  With the AC running 24/7 I have been using the water it collects to water the plants inside and out.  When the AC was installed 17 years ago we had the guy hook up the drain hose into a collection tank so I could use it on the houseplants.  It's really come in handy.
How is the weather in your area?  What are you doing to beat the heat?

Marg Sequeira
CPS Ontario Director

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

St-Pierre Jardin

Magnifique Jardin St-Pierre juin 2010  Merci de me laisser visiter ce beau décor.

Photos Submitted by: Michel et Doreen for Madeleine

Monday, June 21, 2010

Festival de la pivoine

Nb visiteurs: 830
Nb fleurs exposées; 643
Nb personnes inscrites au tirage des prix de présence: 576

Provenance des fleurs exposées:
Acton Vale
Jardin botanique de Montréal
Otterburn Park
Provenance des visiteurs:
Vérone (Italie) N.B. persones en visite à Saint-Bruno
Nom des gagnants:
Catégorie arbustive: Pierre Roy, Otterburn Park
Catégorie colorée: Louise Patenaude, Otterburn Park
Catégorie Itoh: Roland Côté, ST-ANTOINE DU RICHELIEU
Catégorie odorante: Claude Quérion, Beauce,
Catégorie simple: Claire Lachapelle, Mont-Laurier
Catégorie double: Claire Lachapelle, Mont-Laurier
Catégorie blanche: Pierre Roy, Otterburn Park
Grand gagnant toutes catégories confondues: Pierre Roy, Otterburn ParK

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Canadian Hybridized Peonies

If you know of any that should be added to this list please contact me at

Adrienne Clarkson, Lactiflora, Single, Pale Yellow, Ménard 2004
Aileen Brethour, Lactiflora, Double, Soft Pink, Brethour 1935
Alice May Brethour, Lactiflora, Double, Blush Pink, Brethour 1935
Amazement, Lactiflora, Red. Brethour
Angela, Lactiflora, Double, Flesh Pink, Blacklock
Ann Berry Cousins, Herb Hybrid, Semi Double, Soft Pink, Cousins 1972
Ann Cousins, Lactiflora, Double, White, Cousins 1946
Aroha, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Blacklock
Athelstane, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brown 1938
Audrey, Lactiflora, Double, White, Blacklock

Beatrice A Cartwright, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brethour
Betty Hires, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Norton
Blanche Elie, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1934

Capitulation, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1939
Catherine Louise, Herb Hybrid, Ménard/D’Aoust
Chalice, Lactiflora, Blacklock
Chastity, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1935
Clara May Bernhardt, Lactiflora, Double, White, Kummer 1939
Col. Owens Cousins, Herb Hybrid, Double, White, Cousins 1972
Coral n Gold, Herb Hybrid, Single, Coral, Cousins/Klehm 1981
Coralba, Herb Hybrid, Single, Coral, Ménard 1996

Dieppe, Lactiflora, Double, Light Pink, Keagey 1946
Dieudonne, Lactiflora, Double, Pink & White, Brethour 1936
Dolly Varden, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Brethour 1937
Donna Jean, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Brown 1946
Douglas Brown, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brown 1952
Dunkirk, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Keagey 1946

Ecstasy, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1929
Elgin, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brown 1952
Elora, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brown 1949
Empress of Britain, Lactiflora, Double, White, Norton 1931
Etched Salmon, Herb Hybrid, Double, Pink, Cousins/Klehm 1981
Etienne Brule, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1934
Eva Gauthier, Lactiflora, Japanese, Norton 1927

Fairleigh, Lactiflora, Double, Blush Pink, Brown 1938

Faith Fenton, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brethour

Falaise, Lactiflora, Keagey

Fascination, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1936

Fidelity, Lactiflora, Double, White, Blacklock

Glowing Raspberry Rose, Herb Hybrid, Double, Raspberry, Cousins 1981

Grace Adams, Lactiflora, Single, Blacklock

Harry A. Norton, Lactiflora, Double, Crimson, Norton 1939

Henriette Clarke, Lactiflora, Double, White, MacDonald 1948

Hidden Blushers, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1939

Hidden Blushes, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1939

Illustrious, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brown 1952

In Memoriam, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brethour 1923

Irene May Gilbert, Herb Hybrid, Pink, Gilbert

Ivory White Saucer, Herb Hybrid, Single, White, Cousins/Klehm 1981

Janice Smith, Lactiflora, Double, Rose Pink, Brown 1952

Jean Ericksen, Lactiflora, Japanese, Deep Red, Ericksen 1999

Josette, Lactiflora, Single, White or Pink to Whtie, Brethour 1937

Joyce, Lactiflora, Blacklock

La Canadienne, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1936

Lady Byng, Lactiflora, Japanese, Norton 1926

Lady Eleanor, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Rolfe

Lady of the Snows, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brethour 1938

Lady Rolfe, Lactiflora, Pink, Rolfe

Lalla Roohk, Lactiflora, Brethour

Lancaster, Lactiflora, Double, White, Brown 1952

Late Loveliness, Lactiflora, Blacklock

Linda K Jack, Lactiflora, Double, Deep Red, Jack 1970

Lizbeth, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Blacklock

Louise Lossing, Lactiflora, Double, White, Lossing 1943

Lovely Andrea, Lactiflora, Japanese, White, Ménard 1996

Madame Edna Power, Herb Hybrid, Single, Soft White to Pale Yellow, Simkins 2000

Margaret Logie, Lactiflora, Single to Semi Double, Pink, Keagey

Mary Pratte, Herb Hybrid, Ménard

Maryan, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brown bef. 1938

Milton Jack, Lactiflora, Double, Deep Rose Red, Jack

Mimi, Lactiflora, Japanese, Clear Medium Pink, Jack

Moosenee, Lactiflora, Pink, Brethour

Mrs. A.O. Norton, Lactiflora, Double, White, Norton 1928

Mrs. Alice Brethour, Lactiflora, Brethour

Mrs. Harry A. Norton, Lactiflora, Semi Double, Red, Norton 1939

Mrs. Jean Ericksen (“Jean Ericksen”), Lactiflora, Japanese, Deep Red, Ericksen 1999

Mrs. Lawrence, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Rolfe

Peep ‘O’ Day, Lactiflora, Single, Pinkish White, Blacklock

Polly Prim, Lactiflora, Double, Pale Pink, Blacklock 1944

Princess Margaret Rose, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Brethour 1938

Prosperity Maud, Herb Hybrid, Single, Apricot, Ménard/D’Aoust 2003

Raspberry Glow, Herb Hybrid, Double, Red, Cousins/Klehm

Red Wonder, Itoh Hybrid, Japanese, Fuschia, Ménard 2000

Rosaurea, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Brown 1952

Rose Bowl, Lactiflora, Single, Light Pink, Keagey 1946

Ruth Lockie, Lactiflora, Double, Dark Pink, Kummer 1941

S.F. Wood, Lactiflora, Double, White, Wood 1948

Shannon, Lactiflora, Double, Medium Dark Pink, Brown 1952

Sherbrook Record, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Norton 1924

Shirine (‘Shrine’), Lactiflora, Double, Blush, Brethour 1936

Single Bliss, Lactiflora, Single, Pink, Blacklock

Soft Salmon Saucer, Herb Hybrid, Single, Soft Salmon Pink, Cousins/Klehm 1981

Subtlety, Herb Hybrid, Single, Light yellow fades to white, Ménard 1996

Susie Smith, Lactiflora, Japanese, Pink, Brown 1950

Symphony, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brethour 1928

Thisbe, Lactiflora, Double, Pink, Brethour 1943

Vimy Ridge, Lactiflora, Double, Bright Pink, Brethour 1937
Vivid Glow, Herb Hybrid, Single, Salmon, Cousins 1986

WE Macoun (‘William T. (WT) Macoun’), Lactiflora, Single, Red, Blacklock

White Bomber, Lactiflora, Double, White, Keagey

White Cockade, Lactiflora, Single, White, Keagey 1946

Whilliam, Herb Hybrid, Cousins 1968

Willow Love, Lactiflora, Dunbar

Friday, June 18, 2010

Renkaku "Flight of Cranes"

Renkaku, Japanese Tree Peony, aka Flight of Cranes - approximately 10 - 15 years old now, and is about 4 and half feet high and 3 and half feet wide; more flowers (each about 8 inches in diameter) every year and one of my friends commented the flowers dont look real, but look like those delicate tissue paper flowers we used to make as kids; also the buds are really large and quite lovely before they come out into full bloom; cut flower lasts a few days if cut stem short about 2 inches below the actual flower and water replenished daily as is quite thirsty; it is planted under a large tree in my white garden and it gets a mix of sun and shade; I only give it some manure and cover base with the usual wood chip mulch every couple of years, so quite hardy, as I dont have time for fussy plants; as my home is on the waterfront trail, I often have people take pics of it and leave me prints; a lot of people dont know what it is, as tree peonies are not as well known as herbaceous peonies, but when they ask and I explain about it, many ask where to buy them - too bad they are not more well known and available, as they provide a showstopper of blooms and are invariably at their best 3-5 days before a big rain storm!

Photo and write up submitted by M Hedge

Monday, June 14, 2010

de Jardin 13 Juin

la visite de jardin le 13 juin as été un franc succes ici sur la photo
une partie du comité de st-bruno le festival c'est pour la prochaine
fin de semaine le 19 et 20 juin