Christine Council
Sat, 31 Jul 2004 17:38:16 PDT
Hello All:
You have probably forgotten me or realized that I have no idea of most
of the topics.  I just wanted to say that I don't know very much about
peonies but they were one of my grandmothers favorite plants when I was
a little girl which was a very long time ago.  I believe they attracted
some type of bird and also butterflies.  Does anyone know if this is true
or was it a child's imagination.  My home was Swarthmore, PA. at that time.
Thanks folks

> [Original Message]
> From: Rodger Whitlock <>
> To: <>
> Date: 7/30/2004 11:05:41 PM
> Subject: [pbs] Peonies
> A couple of points:
> 1. Paeonia cambessedessi (and I may have miissssspellllllled that)
> No one has mentioned Paeonia cambessedessii from the Balearic 
> Islands. Those of you in warmer climates might give it a whirl. Dark 
> beet-red foliage overlain with a metallic cast; flowers of horrible 
> magenta, but scented of cloves.
> A small plant, admittedly, but worth treasuring. Here in Victoria, 
> it's too tender to overwinter without protection of a greenhouse.
> 2. Peonies in Los Angeles
> I once read of an LA gardener whose success with an ordinary peony
> made her the envy of her gardening friends. The secret? Every night
> she and her husband would have a cocktail before dinner, and
> afterwards she'd dump the ice cubes around the base of her peony.
> Quite possibly an urban legend.
> 3. Plants and Pests from China
> After reading about the removal of feeder roots from tree peonies to
> hide nematode infestations, I suggest that gardeners boybott plants
> imported from China. Socially, China continues to have a serious
> problem with corruption, so Chinese phytosanitary certificates are
> not worth the paper they're written on. With active measures being
> taken to disguise the presence of pathogens, there's simply too much
> risk of getting a serious pest into your garden from Chinese plants.
> Some years ago, the Canadian authorities put an absolute ban on plant 
> imports from China because of the prevalence of pests & disease, esp. 
> nematodes, notwithstanding phytosanitary certification. (I do not 
> know how long this ban was kept in force.) It is surprising that the 
> US, which has cracked down on seed imports, allows anything in the 
> way of plants to be imported from China. The latter, or so it seems 
> to me, presents much greater risks.
> Those of you who have already planted out Chinese material might do 
> well not to distribute plants from your gardens among your friends.
> -- 
> Rodger Whitlock
> Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate
> on beautiful Vancouver Island
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