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  • #16
    Ive managed to get this seed ...so will he setting these to. I've not been able to find any seed sellers/swappers except the Peony society in USA.
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    Nick did you sink a pot outside? Or sow in a seed bed?

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Scarlet View Post
      Ive managed to get this seed ...so will he setting these to. I've not been able to find any seed sellers/swappers except the Peony society in USA.
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      Nick did you sink a pot outside? Or sow in a seed bed?
      No - I thought they'd take a while so put the seed in some damp vermiculite in zip-lock plastic bags - left it in the fridge for a bit, then put it in the shed at summer temp - not sure now how long it was left before I noticed roots coming, 15 months ?

      My friend, who I got the seeds from, also gave me a few plants, as his has self-sowed.

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      • #18
        succumbed to the temptation to have a look at what was available on Ebay - so now my PayPal account is a few pounds lighter and an order for 80 seeds of four different types will have popped up on some-one's computer in China (it is their national flower after all) - who said there was no real fun in decadence ?

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        • #19
          More local ones at https://www.chilternseeds.co.uk/search?q=Paeonia

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          • #20
            Not Peony seeds but Lidl are selling peony shrubs this coming Friday.
            All named varieties, Sarah Bernhardt, Inspecteur Lavernge, Karl Rosenfield, and others not named.
            Priced here at €6.99.

            And when your back stops aching,
            And your hands begin to harden.
            You will find yourself a partner,
            In the glory of the garden.

            Rudyard Kipling.sigpic

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            • #21
              Thank you Bramble - I will check it out!

              VC, not sure why I didn't spot them!
              I also want some Orlaya grandiflora seeds for autumn sowing so I'll try them. I did get some seeds from Chiltern this year and had no shows for 2 varieties so I'm a bit worried about getting something out of the odinary from them.

              NickD - what did you get?
              Last edited by Scarlet; 26-05-2019, 10:32 AM.

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              • #22
                Also...Nick, did you add any compost to your vermiculite?

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Scarlet View Post

                  NickD - what did you get?

                  I opted for :-
                  https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/80-seeds-...53.m2749.l2649

                  I'm hoping for some peony seeds - quite what and which will be in the lap of the Gods. :-)

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                  • #24
                    Thanks to Farendwoman I have some Tree peony seeds to sow.

                    Jekka McV, in her book "Seeds" says:-

                    Paeonia delavayii - Tree peony

                    This seed has a double dormancy, producing roots in its first year andl eaves in its second. It needs two cold periods with warmth in between.

                    Collect ripe, fresh seeds in early autumn.
                    Sow individually in pots, using standard soil-less seed compost (substarte), either peat or peat substitute mixed with coarse horticultural sand.
                    Mix to a ratio of 1 part compost + 1 part sand.
                    Cover with coarse grit, then place outside exposed to all the weathers.
                    Visible germination occurs during the second spring.
                    Grow on in a cold frame for 2 years before planting out.


                    She doesn't have any advice for other peonies so I guess it will be the same.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by nickdub View Post
                      I opted for :-
                      https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/80-seeds-...53.m2749.l2649

                      I'm hoping for some peony seeds - quite what and which will be in the lap of the Gods. :-)
                      Did you buy one, get one free??

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by veggiechicken View Post
                        Did you buy one, get one free??
                        my experience with these sorts of buys is that its a bit of a lucky dip - but as you may have gathered I'm pretty mean, so the chance of getting a "deal" is not to be sneezed at :-)

                        I wouldn't recommend it as a strategy to anyone who was concerned about getting exactly what they wanted though.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by bramble View Post
                          Not Peony seeds but Lidl are selling peony shrubs this coming Friday.
                          All named varieties, Sarah Bernhardt, Inspecteur Lavernge, Karl Rosenfield, and others not named.
                          Priced here at 6.99.
                          Yours are cheaper than ours, bramble.

                          From 30th May - 7.99

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                          • #28
                            This is the one I have Click image for larger version

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                            • #29
                              That's a beauty!!

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Scarlet View Post
                                That's a beauty!!
                                Thanks Scarlet. Unfortunately I don’t know the variety as it was in the front garden when we bought our house. Happy to try and save some seed for you if you are interested.

                                It’s obviously a survivor as the previous owner was further from a gardener than you can imagine, no plants at all and a bonfire in the middle of what was a lawn in the back garden.

                                I’ve got another one which hasn’t flowered yet this year.

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