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What is this flower, please?

Hi.  I saw this beautiful flower at the very front of someone's garden whilst out walking my dogs and I'd be grateful if someone could identify it for me please.  (I'm thinking it's a Peony?).  Many thanks in advance.  :)


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974
    Paeony, nice one

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Thanks @nutcutlet.  It's beautiful, isn't it?  I have no experience of Peonies.  I've walked past these most days over the last couple of months, seeing them in bud and wondering what they'll look like and I was so pleased to finally see them yesterday!  I'll have a look online but if anyone knows specifically what Peony this is, I'd be very grateful to know.  Thank you.  :) 
  • IamweedyIamweedy Posts: 1,364
    It is certainly a Peony. They really dont like being disturbed in the soil and they sulk for a time if you do. So transplanting them is a no no. That is about all I know . They are very beautiful as flowers and there are a lot of varieties. 

    It seems they like high potash feed . They are lovely but need quite a lot of room.
    Do look them up. I have a Sarah Bernhardt which I bought going cheap in Wilkos and I had to give it intensive care its in the garden now.

    'You must have some bread with it me duck!'

  • robiwanrobiwan Posts: 206
    Definitely a shrub paeony the tree variety has woody stems
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,026
    Paeony lactiflora, but which one exactly is hard to say.
    Despite the rumours they are not hard to grow and they can be moved as long as it is done at the right time. They hate being buried too deeply. The top of the growth bud should not be more than a couple of centimetres below soil level. Indeed I have often left that part standing out of the soil with no ill effect.
  • lilysillylilysilly Posts: 511
    Hi @lynzijayne74, the peony in your picture looks very much like one I grow called Nymphe. My plant is probably at least a  week away from it's flowers opening, and is one of the first of my many peonies to open. You must be having a warmer spring up there in Worcestershire than me in Devon this year for your neighbours peony to be spectacularly flowering like it is. 
    I never worry about moving my peonies either if I need to. I moved 3 of mine last October, they are all in bud now. You just have to plant them at just below soil level.
  • Hi @Iamweedy, thanks for getting back to me.  You know more about Peonies than I do; I was just chuffed to have my thoughts confirmed as I didn't quite know what it was at first (I've only been gardening for the last three years).  I'd have to go for a herbaceous Peony as I haven't got room for a tree/shrub variety, sadly.  I've heard of the Sandra Bernhardt variety, good on you for giving yours some TLC, I'm sure it appreciates it!  :)
  • Hi, @robiwan; thanks for your reply.  These are in a little clump in a border that I pass walking my dogs; they're not very tall but they're outstandingly beautiful!  :)
  • Hi @Palustris; thank you for getting back to me.  Thanks for the info regarding planting them; I have no experience of growing them so any knowledge of this is gratefully accepted.  :)
  • debs64debs64 Posts: 4,716
    If you can watch gardeners world on catch up there was a section a few weeks ago all about peonies that you might find interesting . 
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