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Where are the white petals and yellow stamens?
May 11, 2013. Missed it!
Two species peonies in my nursery area each put out a single bud this year: one of my seed-grown Paeonia ostii specimens, and the single Paeonia japonica that I picked up at the HPS/MAG member plant sale as a seedling a couple of years ago. Of course, having waited years for both to bloom, I was eagerly anticipating their first flowers. But events and weather conspired against me: the past couple of days were nice and warm, and happened to feature soccer coaching in the evenings, keeping me away from the garden. And sure enough, the peonies both decided to take the opportunity to bloom right then. I just managed to catch the P. ostii flower before it completely disintegrated (but it was rain-soaked and droopy by the time I spotted it). But somehow I entirely missed P. japonica's performance: the photo here shows the remains of the flower, which I guess was exceptionally short-lived. If I'm lucky, I may see the ornamental purple-blue seeds when the pod opens later this year – but more likely, seed won't set, since I have just the one plant (and just the one flower). Now I have to decide where I want the plant to be when it blooms next year. It's time to graduate her out of the nursery area.

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