Fern-Leafed Peony From A Friend

I had a beautiful fern-leaf peony when we lived in North Dakota. We sold the house in April and moved in late May, I had no place to move it to. I had splurged on it, at that time they cost 25 dollars. It was one of those plants that I grieved for.

Not your normal run of the mill peony, the foliage is highly divided..fern like.

The roots only went up in price..I believe they maxed out about 50 dollars for a root. I never wanted to part with that much money for one plant. When we moved here, I discovered a plant at the local cemetery, it adorns the grave of a child who died during a routine surgery. Chance and I visit this plant and this grave and pluck weeds..waiting for exactly the right light to capture this plants beauty.


I took this photo last year.

Yesterday in the mail I received a very healthy Peonia tenuifolia ‘Rubra Plena’ root complete with foliage and two buds from Iowa. I don’t remember exactly what I told Larry of Larry’s Creative Zone, he had been moving plants from his Mothers house to his house..I probably said "You have a real goldmine there with all those roots..you could sell them and retire in style." or " I am really coveting those roots of yours! " Anyway Larry being the kind generous person he is ..shared with me!! I am just pleased as punch, I would do a cartwheel if I didn’t think I would break a hip. OH, I never was any good at cartwheels anyway so just imagine an old lady standing and clapping in the woods..a standing ovation for Larry!

I planted the root, in the warmest spring spot in our yard..next to the old grain bin. I weeded and everything before I put it in the ground. Thanks Larry! :)

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3 Responses to Fern-Leafed Peony From A Friend

  1. buffalogal says:

    That is my favorite picture of Chance I think–him and the beautiful fern peony.
    I got a root from a friend once and the next spring it did not come up. I was really sad. I do not want to pay 50 bucks either for one.
    Maybe I should ask Gene if he has another piece of fern peony to give away by now!!
    That is Gene Ho. not Gene He. !!!!!

  2. TechnoBabe says:

    That was very nice of Larry to share with you and it will be fun to see the steady growth.

  3. ineeda says:

    I think that’s the best way to acquire a fern leaf peony — from a friend. Then you can think of that person when you see the plant. Mine came from a dear neighbor who is no longer with us.

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