I had a beautiful fern-leaf peony when we lived in North Dakota. We sold the house in April and moved in late May, I had no place to move it to. I had splurged on it, at that time they cost 25 dollars. It was one of those plants that I grieved for.
Not your normal run of the mill peony, the foliage is highly divided..fern like.
The roots only went up in price..I believe they maxed out about 50 dollars for a root. I never wanted to part with that much money for one plant. When we moved here, I discovered a plant at the local cemetery, it adorns the grave of a child who died during a routine surgery. Chance and I visit this plant and this grave and pluck weeds..waiting for exactly the right light to capture this plants beauty.
Yesterday in the mail I received a very healthy Peonia tenuifolia 'Rubra Plena' root complete with foliage and two buds from Iowa. I don't remember exactly what I told Larry of Larry's Creative Zone, he had been moving plants from his Mothers house to his house..I probably said "You have a real goldmine there with all those roots..you could sell them and retire in style." or " I am really coveting those roots of yours! " Anyway Larry being the kind generous person he is ..shared with me!! I am just pleased as punch, I would do a cartwheel if I didn't think I would break a hip. OH, I never was any good at cartwheels anyway so just imagine an old lady standing and clapping in the woods..a standing ovation for Larry!
I planted the root, in the warmest spring spot in our yard..next to the old grain bin. I weeded and everything before I put it in the ground. Thanks Larry! :)