Seedling #79H5-8. Parentage: ‘Pink Vanguard’ x ‘Salmon Dream’. First bloomed 1980, first propagated 2011. Cream with peach flush toward the center of the flowers intensifying towards the base of the petals. Petals are lightly ruffled. Single to semi-double. Flower form becomes more double as plants age. One flower per stem, occasionally with one side bud. Guard petals and outer petals are wide and lightly ruffled adding bulk to the flower. Inner petals, when present, are smaller and curved. Some petals are notched, more commonly in the inner petals. Wide and rounded segments surround a ring of yellow stamens and 2 to 4 light greenish-yellow carpels having dark pink to red stigmas. Fertile both ways and produces large round seeds. Medium height plant (32 inches; 81 cm) with good stem strength (slightly spreading plant habit) and deep green, wide leaves. Bill Seidl garden named this plant ‘Just Peachy’ eight years ago, after it had been growing in his garden for some 30 years. His interest in hybridizing herbaceous peonies took a break for an extended period and many seedlings, including ‘Just Peachy’, were allowed to grow into very large clumps. Around 2000 the internet became more accessible and Bill began to frequent forums and correspond with other enthusiasts. He realized that a renewed interest in peonies was building and discovered he had many hidden gems. ‘Just Peachy’ is a good example of Bill’s renewed interest due to his ability to correspond with others through electronic media. He truly enjoyed the many new friends that he made through the many emails and forums that the internet afforded. ‘Just Peachy’ was a plant that Bill believed had a large upside to hybridizing and would be a great garden plant for the peony enthusiast.
Seidl / Bremer