The American Peony Society
Nomenclature 1976-186 p.34
MISTRESS OF THE MONASTERY
MRS. ANNA SMIRNOW
MRS. BEN GILBERTSON
MAIA (Daughter of Atlas, most beautiful) (D-265) Nassos Daphnis, Oct. 17, 1977. First bloomed 1972. Parentage. Generation - BC-2; BC-1 self pollinated. Light red, semi-double. Three rows of petals evenly spaced, rounded and well formed. Opens fully and shows its center with a strong gesture. Anthers form a large golden ball. Center dark with alizarin flares. Fragrant, good stem strength, has pollen and seeds. Strong foliage. Reliable. Bulletin #224.
MARIE LAURENCIN: after a painter of the same name. Nassos Daphnis (D-24) L 14 x 44 White Queen. A beautifully formed flower with petals ranging from pink to dark red to purple on the inner side, and silvery on the outer side. A delicate, feminine plant.
MEDEA (Privcess and Sorceress) (D-360) Nassos Daphnis, Oct. 17,1977. Parentage. Generation - BC-4; Guardian of the Monastery x D-134 F3 (B x A). First bloomed 1975. Red to deep maroon, single. Two rows of corrugated petals, the inner row forming an irregular circle around the anthers. The second row extending outward. The substance is sensuous and appealing. The color, the form and the deep center make it one of the most dramatic flowers. Strain ¾ Moutan, ¼ Lutea. Fragrant, reliable, good substance and good stem strength. Has some pollen and seeds likely. Bulletin #224.
MISTRESS OF THE MONASTERY-William Gratwick, July 23, 1985. Moutan tree peony. First bloomed about 1980. Color blend of light pink and purple hues, similar to Guardian of the Monastery. Strong grower. 5' in height, waxy deep green foliage, vigorous, blooms with other moutans. Bulletin #255.
MRS. ANNA SMIRNOW-Louis Smirnow, Brookville L.I.. N.Y., 1978. Seedling Hime gozen x Kasuga Yama. Full double, huge charming rose pink. 36 inches tall, large imbricated petals. Bulletin #226.
MRS. BEN GILBERTSON (Ben Gilbertson, Kindred, North Dakota), Feb. 4, 1984. Tree peony. Seed parent, Hakuo-Jishi/ pollen parent, Alice Harding. First bloomed 1970. Ball form, stamens and pollen, good amount of bloom, no fragrance. Typically tree peony type, woody stems, early to late season of bloom, vigorous, tree peony foliage. Bloom like its pollen parent except that it holds up its flower at 90" to the stem or facing out and away from the stem. Regular tree peony root.
PERSEPHONE: the most delicate of the FIs in color, texture, form and foliage; Nassos Daphnis (D-26) L26 x 44 White Queen. The petals are a pale, velvety, almost transparent yellow, curving back slightly at the rim. The foliage is slender. The name, from Greek mythology, refers to Demetra's daughter.
PERSEPOLIS - Nassos Daphnis (D-145), a good bloomer, with strong stems which rise above the foliage. The blossoms are a clear, festive red and surround the plant. Named after the ancient Persian capital.
PHAEDRA (Wife of Theseus) (D-100) Nassos Daphnis, Oct. 17. 1977. First bloomed 1963. Parentage. Generation - BC-1; Segovia x F2 (B). Maroon-red with bluish cast, dark flares. Semi-double. Petals well-formed and rounded. Center is very dark and mysterious. Good stem strength, large foliage. Reliable, fragrant, no seeds or pollen. Good substance. Bulletin #224.
PROMETHEUS (Titan - brought fire to man) (D-359) Nassos Daphnis, Oct. 17,1977. First bloomed 1976. Parentage. Generation - BC-3; D-101 (BC-1) x J-2 (Daioh). Vibrant red, semidouble, petals ruffled, notched and pointed. This is the most vibrant red that has been produced. The petals stretch out from the flower like flames. The bud is very big and it opens with dramatic force. The flower is the biggest of any of the hybrids: 8-10 inches. Strain ¾ Moutan, ¼ Lutea. Has some pollen and seeds likely. Fragrant, reliable, good substance, strong foliage. Bulletin #224.