These Roses Bloom Too Early This Year

peonies
@MALUSE (51186)
Germany
May 23, 2019 2:30pm CST
If you knew the German name of this flower, you'd understand the title. The English name for the depicted flower is 'peony'. Yet, in German, it is called Pfingstrose = Whitsun (BE)/ Pentecost(AE) Rose. Not surprisingly, this name comes from the fact that it blooms around the time of this Christian holiday. ‘Around’ is the important word here. The peonies are in full bloom at the moment, yet Whitsun is only on June 9th this year If you know nothing about Christian holidays, you may want to know when Whitsun/Pentecost is. Hmm, difficult to answer without consulting a calendar. Even if you know Christian holidays, you can't answer this offhand. Whitsun/Pentecost Sunday is always 49 days after Easter Sunday. But when is Easter Sunday? Let me puzzle you further (from Wikipedia): "In 325 AD the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox. Easter is delayed by 1 week if the full moon is on Sunday, which decreases the chances of it falling on the same day as the Jewish Passover." Whatever! Sometimes nature and calendar are in harmony. This year this is not the case. The flowers always have the same rhythm, yet Whitsun/Pentecost Sunday is relatively late this year, namely on June 9th. Then the peonies will already have wilted. Unfortunately, they bloom only once a year and not several times like real roses. So we have to enjoy them when they bloom. We have two red and one pink bush in the front garden. There are also white, yellow and violet peonies, but I like the pink and red ones best. As is the case with the other plants and flowers we have in our house and garden, nobody does anything for them. Yet they flourish and prosper nevertheless. I can’t say for how long they have done that already. When we moved into the house 45 years ago, the peonies were already there and they were certainly not new. The house is about 125 years old. They may not be that old but certainly already ancient - and still going strong. ---- Photo: pixabay
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@LindaOHio (5066)
• United States
23 May
Peonies are the ones that attract all the ants, don't they. We used to have some.
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@1creekgirl (16350)
• United States
23 May
Yes, they do sometimes have a lot of ants in them, but they're so pretty and smell so good.
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@LindaOHio (5066)
• United States
23 May
@1creekgirl Yes, they're beautiful. I'll have to look up why peonies have ants.
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@just4him (158094)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 May
Thank you for that information. I knew peonies were some of the first flowers to bloom in spring, but I didn't know when. I usually know when Pentecost is and knew it is coming soon, but not the exact date, so I thank you for that information as well. I love peonies and tried to grow them. However, my neighbor kept mowing them down when he mowed our lawn. Not that they would have grown otherwise. I have a decidedly black thumb. The only plants I'm managed not to kill are the indoor plants.
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@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
23 May
Your neighbour should buy you a new plant!
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@just4him (158094)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
23 May
@MALUSE Can they be grown in containers for indoors?
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@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
24 May
@just4him I've found this on the net:
https://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-peonies-indoors-73820.html
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@Junbals (966)
• Philippines
23 May
I thought the early blooming of the Pfingstrosen was due to climate change. That it was due to the changes in the Christian calendar is an interesting perspective.
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@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
23 May
Oh, no, this has nothing to do with climate change. Easter can be between 22nd March and 25th April. Whitsun/Pentecost is 49 days later. The peonies follow an inner calender so-to-speak and bloom at the same time of year more-or-less. In some years their blooming time is near Easter, in others it is near Whitsun/Pentecost.
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@TheSojourner (22291)
• United States
23 May
I have never seen a red peony, nor the yellow. I love the pink, white and violet. I also love the fragrance. Your house and the gardens sound magical.
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
23 May
Peonies are tough old plants! The ones at my parents' old house are still there, they are older than I am. In our current garden we have pink ones and pink ones with white centres which are my favourites I think - they are called 'Bowl of beauty'.
@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
23 May
I didn't know that peonies also have special names according to their colours.
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@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
24 May
@Fleura Thank you! I've also found a very long site with loads of peony varieties. I thought of adding the link here but then didn't do it. I should have done it.
Find images of Peony. ? Free for commercial use ? No attribution required ? High quality images.
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@Fleura (9693)
• United Kingdom
24 May
@MALUSE Maybe you could add some more to your garden, since they are so self-sufficient and long-lived!
@Nakitakona (5309)
25 May
I am very familiar with rose. I thought at a first glance the flower is a red rose. And it is not but it resembles to a rose. Peony and rose, are they related?
@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
25 May
No, they are not related.
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25 May
@MALUSE Thanks for it's confusing. One thing I could determine that it's a rose because it's thorny or has sharp prickles on its stems.
@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
25 May
@Nakitakona A peony has no thorns and no sharp prickles. It is not a rose but a different plant.
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@DianneN (120559)
• United States
24 May
Peonies usually bloom the end of June. I’m hoping to see them when we return.
@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
24 May
The end of June is very late. Do you have a cold climate where you live?
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@DianneN (120559)
• United States
24 May
@MALUSE We are in zone 6. It must be a bit cooler than Germany.
@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
24 May
@DianneN Of course, I know that the climate is not the same all over the USA. But I didn't know that the USA were officially divided into climate zones. How many are there altogether?
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@Nevena83 (27571)
• Serbia
23 May
Yes, and we call it peony in Serbia.And we have the famous Kosovo peony.
@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
24 May
Can you add a photo of the Kosovo peony?
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@Nevena83 (27571)
• Serbia
25 May
@MALUSE The legend tells us that the Kosovo Bozur had appeared on Gazimestan after the colors of the Turks on June 28, 1389, from the blood of Serbian heroes. And today it grows as an endemic species only in that place, and it flashes in May and June.
@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
25 May
@Nevena83 Thanks for the explanation.
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@yanzalong (11665)
• Indonesia
26 May
Never seen the flowers before. They are beautiful to me.
@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
26 May
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@yanzalong (11665)
• Indonesia
26 May
@MALUSE Beautiful.
@7mad7mad (20)
• Saudi Arabia
25 May
Aren't Peonies and whitsun are two names for same flower? therefore they bloom same time while in same place. I don't know much. (First paragraph)
@MALUSE (51186)
• Germany
25 May
Peony is the English name. 'Pfingstrose' is the German name which I translated into English. The English meaning would be 'Whitsun (Pfingsten) Rose (Rose)'. I hope I've answered your question. If I haven't, ask again, please.
@TheHorse (86326)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 May
Thanks for the info. We had a relatively wet Winter, and more rain in May than is usual. I will have to see how it has affected the wildflowers in our hills.
@BelleStarr (45175)
• United States
25 May
Easter was late this year thus Pentecost is late, I love peonies I have two beautiful ones in my yard they are not in bloom yet.
@LadyDuck (224928)
• Switzerland
24 May
I love pink peonies, they are thought plants that resist well here in Switzerland. My lilies-of-the-valley had a perfect timing this year, they were in bloom by May 1st (to wish Good Luck), last year they bloomed two weeks in advance. All my roses are in bloom except the red roses. It has been a cold month of May here, we started planting outside this week.
• China
24 May
What a beautiful peony ! Over here peonies normally blossom in early April.Their root bark is commonly used Traditional Chinese Medicine.
@1creekgirl (16350)
• United States
23 May
Those are beautiful. We have white Peonies with pink streaks... they smell heavenly.
@Torunn (4750)
• Norway
23 May
The peonies might bloom for Whitsun here, not an early spring/summer this year. I like them, the pink ones are most common here I think. That they chose not to follow the confusing Christian holidays is no wonder, the seasons can be confusing, but not that confusing.
@CarolDM (29436)
• United States
23 May
How beautiful. My pink roses started blooming early this year.