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New Paeony 'Peche'

Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,811
I bought this yesterday on an impulse. The shoots are already 12" high so I should plant to quickly - the problem is where?  The only place that's big enough is on the top of a 3ft high raised bed (backing onto a bank) which will be in mostly full sun all day. Do you think that will be okay? I realise I might be looking up at the flowers but they do droop a bit I think.
Is 'Peche' French for peach? In which case, that would be the perfect place for it, underneath a 'Penelope' rose which is a peachy/pink/apricot colour.
North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,711
    I remember in French lessons in school we had to translate  a passage containing " canne a peche" and lots just assumed it meant " can of peaches" . It's "fishing rod" 
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,811
    Thanks Hosta, it does look lovely, I haven't even read the label yet (terrible, I know, I'm usually much more methodical) - and it seems I've been spelling it wrong as well.
     The height and spread caused me to gulp a bit! I'll have to measure my space tomorrow.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,123
    If you want some history, Google tells us Pecher was developed by Jacques Calot from Douai in 1867, one of 20 varieties introduced by Calot. His interest in peonies developed when he inherited the Comte de Cussy’s collection. The count was an enthusiastic gardener who brought in many peonies from China.

    pécher means to sin
    pêcher means to go fishing, to fail, and a peach tree. The last is the most likely reason for the name.

    Rutland, England
  • lily6lily6 Posts: 79
    Hi Lizzie27, what a beautiful show you're going to enjoy once it gets going. I think you may have to treat yourself to a beautiful peony support to do it justice! 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,230
    Just a thought @Lizzie27. If it's quite similar to your rose, it might be better to site it further away. Otherwise, it'll get 'lost'.

    If it's a big peony, a good support is vital. Other, sturdy planting will do the job if you don't have a metal one or similar.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 10,811
    I've found another better site for it near to the front door, I just have to dig the roots out of the large cotinus my fencing chap is going to chainsaw off at ground level tomorrow, pile in lots of manure and fertiliser afterwards and wait for the sunny weather we're promised for next week.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
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