With my mind racing, on what needed to be done at home, my thoughts turned to the garden.
Oh, all my lovely flowers. "I sure hope it doesn't hail".
Arriving home, I dropped my things in the kitchen and began filling vases.
Isn't this on the list for emergency preparation?
|Peonies and 'Great Heron' Iris|
|'Colleen Marie' and 'Music Man' Peonies|
|Top view - one measuring 9" across!|
|'Pink Giant" Peonies|
|In the potting shed, all ready to go into the house|
|My Baby girl|
|"Whites" are so pretty on the table|
|and so are "pinks"!|
In my opinion ( for what it's worth), Peonies are one of the most delightful plants.
They are long lived once established, produce lovely flowers for the garden and vase, aren't fussy,
and not too much bothers them.
Even after the flowers fade, the foliage stays fresh looking thru fall.
Some cultivars even have foliage that turns a nice wine color.
In late fall, I cut back all stems and clean up the area so no diseases or pests can "winter in".
In spring, buds rise up from the bare soil where the foliage died back the previous fall.
I make sure the base of the shoots is clear from any debris, and give the plant a light feeding of aged chicken manure. Peonies are heavy feeders and appreciate the fertilization.
When the stems reach about a foot tall, I place a peony hoop around them to support them.
Then I stand back and let them go!
It is said that once established, Peonies can live a hundred years. Now that's value for my money.
Most of the Peonies in my garden were either bought bare root or dug up from others gardens.
I don't think I have lost one yet, and I have been known to kill a plant or two.
A few facts to remember about Peonies is not to plant them too deep, it will effect the flowering
(I planted mine 2-3" below soil level) and ants on the unopened buds will not hurt or aid the plant, they are just after the nectar. There are so many wonderful cultivars, I can't get enough!
|A 'Festiva Maxima' lovely|