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'Comte de Flandre' peony References
Book  (Apr 1907)  Page(s) 85.  
874. FLANDERS, COMTE DE ; P. moutan
(1) 1876, The Garden, Vol. 9, p. 197.
(2) 1899, L. Paillefs Cat.
(3) 1906, Shady Hill Nursery Cat. p. 143.
(4) Cornell Plot No. 612.
Website/Catalog  (1893)  Page(s) 41.  
Tree Pæonies.  Pæonia Arborea.
This beautiful group of shrubs is among the oldest of introductions from Japan, but magnificent new varieties have been added from year to year until we have a long list of wonderful forms.  They are quite distinct from the herbaceous section, and have shades of color not found in the latter; and when once established form compact bushes, which in spring are covered with the gigantic blooms.  These pæonies are a little tender in exposed situations north of Boston; but if planted in a sheltered, warm location, and protected during the first two winters by a covering of pine boughs, or other loose material, will eventually establish themselves, and form one of the most decorative features of the garden.  Like the herbaceous kinds, they enjoy rich soil, and the blooms last longer and come finer when partially sheltered from the hot sun.  They are well worth the little trouble entailed in their cultivation.  We can offer strong plants of the leading and most hardy kinds; but as they are slow and difficult of propagation, this fact will account for their relatively higher cost over the herbaceous kinds.  Having secured a large stock of these beautiful plants, we are enabled to offer them at lower prices than ever before.  2 year plants, 75 cents each; 3 year plants, $1.00 each.
Comte de Flandre.  Large full flower, lilac salmon.  Extra fine.
Magazine  (20 Apr 1889)  Page(s) 354.  
Moutan Paeonies in pots.—Although it is a century since the Moutan or Tree Pæony was introduced into this country, it is by no means a common plant, and is not grown nearly as much as its merits deserve.  Many of the new varieties far excel the typical form both in size and colour of the flowers.  Pæonies will not force early, but grown as pot plants and kept in a cold frame, they produce a grand display of bloom at this time of year.  Being gross feeders they require liberal treatment, and should never be allowed to get dry.  Amongst the best varieties are Reine Elizabeth, Comte de Flandres, Caroline, Impératrice Josephine, and Salmonea.  A fine group of these is a great attraction in the greenhouse at Kew. — F. G.
Magazine  (22 Jan 1887)  Page(s) 77.  
The Tree Pæony. 
...For the last twenty years or longer we have had to look to our French neighbours for new sorts of Tree Pæony, for since they have taken the work of hybridising and raising seedlings in hand they have supplied us with all the finest sorts.  Until now the list is long- too long, in fact, for names are given where very shadowy differences exist.
List of select Varieties.
Comte de Flandre, rose-pink
Magazine  (Jan 1879)  Page(s) 22.  
A l'exposition universelle de Paris en 1878
Les nombreux lots de Pivoines sous-frutescentes ou herbacées étalaient leurs larges corolles; les lots de MM. Levêque, d'Ivry; ceux de MM. Verdier, A. Roy, Delahaye et Thièbaut, de Paris, Simon et Crousse, de Nancy, Margottin et veuve Durand, de Bourg-la-Reine étaient très remarquables.
Nous citerons, parmi celles dites en arbres, les variétés suivantes:  Ville de Saint-Denis, Marie Rattier, Souvenir de Madame Knoor [sic], Elisabeth, Comte de Flandre, Louise Mouchelet, Madame de Vatry, Rinzi, Farezzi, Triomphe de Vandermaelen, Mariana, Rossini, Rubra odorata et Athlète.
Magazine  (1 Jul 1878)  Page(s) 251.  
L'horticulture à l'Exposition universelle de 1878.
Un lot de Pivoines en arbre (Pæonia Moutan, Sims), envoyé par M. Roy et dans lequel nous avons admiré les variétés Ville de Saint-Denis (Mouchelet), blanche; Marie Rattier (Guérin), blanc lavé de rose pâle; Souvenir de Mme Knorr (Van Houtte), blanc ombré rose clair satiné; Elisabeth (Casoretti), rose vif; Comte de Flandre (Donkelear), rose foncé; Louise Mouchelet (Mouchelet), rose teinté saumon; Madame de Vatry (Guérin), rose ombré lilas clair; Rinzi (Casoretti), pourpre violacé brillant.
Magazine  (26 Feb 1876)  Page(s) 197.  
The Best Tree Peonies.
The following list contains some of the very best varieties of tree Peonies or Moutans at present in cultivation; I obtained it from my friend M. Charles Verdier, of Paris, who makes Peonies his special study; among them, as will be seen, are few novelties, but M. Verdier states that the newer varieties are generally inferior to the older kinds:
Comte de Flandres, very large, rose...
Magazine  (16 Nov 1863)  Page(s) Back Cover.  
Pivoines en Arbres...Comte de Flandre...3 fr
Website/Catalog  (1861)  Page(s) 58.  
Paeonia Arborea.
42. Comte de Flandre (Donkel.).... 25 Neugroschen
Website/Catalog  (1860)  Page(s) 27.  
Chinese Tree Pæonies. — Pæonia Moutan.
These are the most splendid and showy of all flowering shrubs, and among the most rare.
The flowers are mostly fragrant, and all are double, unless denoted otherwise.  They are perfectly hardy, and will withstand the winters of our most northern States and the Canadas.  They bloom in May, ten to fifteen days before the Chinese Herbaceous varieties.
The following are imported varieties.  We can supply extra size plants of most of the varieties, at a moderate advance in prices.
37. Compte de Flandres...  Rosy lilac...  $2.00
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