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Wisconsin State Horticultural Society / Annual report of the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society for the year ending July 1, 1921
Vol. LI (1921)

Brand, A. M.
The modern peony,   pp. 107-122 PDF (3.9 MB)

Page 121

This fall we were sending out a few roots of a new variety
of ours that we were just introducing. It is an exceptionally
beautiful flower that we feel assured will compare with any-
thing we have heretofore given the public. We had named it
for a very fine old lady, Mrs. Jennie R. Gowdy, who is a great
friend of ours. I am getting so I like to give to my best flowers
the names of intimate personal friends. To dispose of the 25
roots we had to spare we mailed 25 personal letters to as many
of our old customers. From one we received the unique reply
that he was undecided whether to take a root or not. He thought
he would like the root, but he did not like the sound of the name.
He went on further to state that when he had started to make
his collection he allowed the beauty of the "sound of the name"
to influence him very much in making his initial purchases. He
stated further that another gentleman, giving his name, a man
whose name is now familiar to every informed peony lover in
America, in making his first purchase was guided entirely by
the fact of whether names of the varieties had a pleasant sound
to his ear or not.
Of all things, don't let such considerations determine the vari-
eties you buy. Buy the good peonies-and the good peonies only.
Even when buying Brand varieties, buy the good ones and then
stop. For what we all should want, as far as peonies are con-
cerned, is good peonies, good peonies only, and more of them.
QUESTION: What is it that affects a peony if it grows up ap-
parently hardy, and has started to blossom, yet they wilt and
droop down?
MR. BRAND: That is either caused by your plant being near
big trees, so that the roots extend out and take all the moisture
out of the soil, or all the substance out of the soil, so that the
.peony just has strength enough to come to the stage where it is
going to open its bud and then has to fail, or else it is caused
by the fact that your peony is planted too deep. It is one of
those two things that causes that. It is either lack of moisture
or substance in the soil which you cannot supply near big trees,
or it is a fact that the plant is planted too deep.
QUESTION: What is the proper depth to plant a peony?
MR. BRAND: I would not plant the peony deeper than 2 inches,
that is, the- tip of the buds deeper than two inches below the
surface of the soil.

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