Lyman Cousins-Roy Klehm, June 25, 1981. Seedling #72-5; double
hybrid; parentage unknown; first
bloomed 1968. Salmon with some etched petaloids, double rose type,
no stamens, pollen, or seeds; fragrant, average amount of bloom,
good stem strength, 36-inch height EM. Salmon coral blooms with
most unusual attractive, golden-etched internal petaloids, fully
double blooms, reliable performer.
ETCHED SALMON The
most perfect form of any of the double salmon pink blooms. Strong
stems, deep green foliage. The flowers are long lasting even in
the Central Otago hot sun, and are of a size most suited for home
decoration. Ideal for picking. Pink Double, Mid season 90cm.
ETCHED SALMON Pink,
Double, Mid season 90cm. Beautifully shaped full double of soft
salmon pink. Good cut flower.
SALMON (Cousins/Klehm 81) An unusual color of salmon coral with
golden etched internal petaloids. A fragrant double. Early
midseason. Just a few to share this year.
Robert Johnson on yahoo!groups #919
Gang, As peony ordering time comes closer and closer, it seems
that members are a bit reluctant to name their Favorite Peonies,
as Jim suggested some time back. If you are like myself, you
probably think a choice would only be relevant if you are one of
those who grows 100s of varieties. Not True!
I think the
original suggestion was a just-for-fun poll. Also, if you are like
me, probably your favorite peonies change from year to year; that
is what makes growing them so much fun!
In that spirit, here
are my favorites from this year. Be aware that I don't grow a
million types, and mostly grow herbacious hybrids. Also, although
I think of these as 'classic' varieties, they may be hard to find
for sale this year. Check our 'Bookmarks' for nursery web sites.
Coral Sunset. (Wissing) Hybridised by
the same fellow who originated Coral Charm. Semi-double coral
color that fades to a good yellow for me. A good grower and
moderate increaser. I would choose this over Coral Charm. Wissing
also originated a number of other varieties that may not yet be as
popular as they deserve to be.
Etched Salmon. (Cousins) The
most famous cv originated by Lyman Cousins. A beautiful creamy
pink hybrid double. Frequently mentioned as a potential Gold Medal
winner. Doomed to be expensive because its' "up-stem"
crown structure makes it very difficult and frustrating to get
divisions from in any number. Just barely adventitious. Perhaps
some propagation tricks may make this cv more available in the
future. A good grower.
Salmon Dream. (Reath) Another hybrid
pink with flowers from semi-double to double on the same plant.
The most beautiful peony as far as plant habit and bush form of
any I grow. Beautiful foliage with leafs to the ground. A good
grower, adventitious, and quite easy to divide; this cv remains
difficult to find for sale because of, I assume, high on-site
demand at the nurseries that grow it. Cut roots back short when
planting this cv to assure a good symetrical root
I'm sure my
favorites will change as seasons pass and other plants reach
maturity, but I would certainly recommend these high quality
peonies to anyone.
Who's next with their favorites from this
Robert Johnson on
[peony] Favorites for 2001
As you may know, I grow mostly herbacious hybrids, so my
"favorites" do not include many of the lactis. They, for
some strange reason, do not seem
to do as well in my sand and
frosts and desert climate.
The following were my favorites this
'Raspberry Charm' by S. Wissing.
This is still
perhaps my top favorite. The flowers this year were almost double,
although I primarily like the semi-doubles that this plant can
throw. It is notable for blooming quite a bit ahead of other
full-flowered peonies, lasts forever as a cut flower, has stems
like a tree, and is long lasting on the bush as well. Always
performs well for me, which is not the case for me with all my
other peonies. It is the earliest of the peonies I grow that I
really look forward to. Worth searching out. (Klehm,
'Etched Salmon' by Lyman Cousins
the best of the wonderful Cousins things, and perhaps the most
attractive of ALL hybrid creamy pinks, in my humble opinion. When
will this peony get the Gold Medal? It deserves it. Always
expensive because frustrating crown structure makes for few
Mathews' bought from Saunders by Kreckler.
new for me. It used to show up on many "My Favorite 20
Peonies" lists (see '75years of APS') which is why I tried
it. A very nice 5 row single(semi-double)brilliant red that I just
loved. Perhaps hard to locate,(Caprice?) but really worth growing.
Fairly early among the hybrids.
'Salmon Dream' David
wonderful plant habit, and a standout color-wise wherever we saw
it blooming this season. Relatively new, and hard to locate
because of high demand, but sure to become more common in the
'Coral Sunset' My
'Command Performance' Large, sturdy,
and so far quite reliable among the big double hybrids, not all of
which do well for me here. From Don Hollingsworth.
Bouquet' Unique in form, parentage, and foliage, and quite
early. Good early season interest.
Finally nice for me this year. Unique because of how VERY EARLY
(despite what descriptions say) this is for any double, especially
a white. Blooms with Roselette. Not the greatest foliage later in
the season, however.
'Pink Derby' One lacti that
does well for me here, but paradoxically may not do well for some
others in more conventional growing areas. Appears on many "My
Favorite Peonies" lists. Fairly expensive, apparently because
Robert Johnson on
Sunset. (Wissing) Tallish. Hybridized by the same fellow
originated Coral Charm. Semi-double coral color that fades
to a good yellow
for me. A good grower and moderate increaser.
I would choose this over Coral
Charm. It highly resembles Pink
Hawaiian Coral here.
Etched Salmon. (Cousins)
Tallish. The most famous cv originated by
Lyman Cousins. A
beautiful creamy pink hybrid double. Frequently mentioned
inevitable Gold Medal winner. Doomed to be expensive because
"up-stem" crown structure makes it difficult and
frustrating to get many
divisions from, even from older plants.
Just barely adventitious. Pictures
you see of this variety
always show it in its quite distinctive early
where the inner petals are cupped by the outer guard petals.
does go on to form an open rose shape. Really beautiful.
Dream. (Reath) Shorter. Another hybrid pink with flowers
semi-double to double on the same plant. Flowers sit near the
The most beautiful peony as far as plant habit and
bush form of any I grow.
Particularly beautiful foliage with
leafs to the ground. As Don H. would
say, "A pleasing
presentation in the garden". A very good grower and
increaser. Adventitious here, although registration says
it is not. Quite
easy to divide. Despite its quick growth rate
and easy division, this cv
remains difficult to find for sale
because of, I assume, high on-site demand
and back orders at
the nurseries that grow it. Cut roots back short when
this cv (especially for propagation) to assure a good
root structure. Don is selling it this year. No one
will regret owning this
cv. Again, great for garden and mixed
Pink Derby. (Bigger) Shortish.
Pink. I bought this lacti variety because
it shows up on SO
many of the "My Favorite Garden Peonies" lists of
"Pro" gardeners who grow a zillion different
varieties. This was my first
year to get blooms, but it
certainly was a favorite of mine this year.
Again, high demand
may make this cv very difficult to locate! Supposedly
distinctive in shape, but I do not grow enough lactis to have much
compare it with. Try New Peony Farm.
Charm. (Wissing) Tallish. OK, so this MAY actually be a
peony: I had to use many sources to try and identify
overshadowed by the other coral Wissing things,
and another with that same
frustrating 'Etched Salmon' style of
crown development. Blooms early with
the hybrid singles, but of
much more substance than most at that time of the
a 7-9 row single with a charming open center. A distinct shade
pink, with terrifically strong thick stems. Moderate increase.
the first peony of the season that I REALLY look
forward to seeing, because
of its particularly pleasing flower
form. Again, hard to find perhaps
because of difficulty with
division. Klehm has it this year, and A+D carried
it in the
past. I am propagating it at home. Will I actually have to
one from Klehm to be totally certain of its identity?
eye catching blooms; double
SALMON_NIEUW 2007!, Cousins
/ Klehm (USA), 1981, Hybride
- kruisingsouders onbekend , Zacht zalmroze, volledig gevulde
bloemen met een werkelijk magische, bijna zilverachtige gloed.
Massaal aanwezige bloemblaadjes worden omgeven door een rand met
grote buitenste bloembladeren. Rijkbloeiend met middelgroot tot
grote bloemen van een perfecte symetrie. Weinig tot geen
zijknoppen. Mooie planthabitat. Een over de hele wereld zeer
beperkt verkrijgbare pioenroos met een meer dan uniek karakter.
'Etched Salmon' is dan ook één van onze uitgesproken
favorieten en ons inziens zeer terecht bekroond met de APS Gold
Medal in 2002.
SALMON,__NEW 2007!, Cousins
/ Klehm (USA), 1981, Hybride
- kruisingsouders onbekend, Soft salmon pink flowers
consisting of many perfectly shaped flower petals, surrounded by
rounded guard petals. The truely symmetrical and full double
flowers have a magical silvery glow. Very free flowering, little
to no sidebuds. Attrictive planthabit. 'Etched Salmon' is a
worldwide-desired peony - very limited supply and a peony with a
unique character to say the least... This peony really is one of
our favourites and very rightfully awarded with the APS Gold Medal
de Wilde 2007