Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Grandma's Peony Advice

My magenta peonies opened today, which reminded me of some peony tips that I thought I'd pass on to you!

I grew up on the same farm yard as my Grandma Agnes Pitura. She had a green thumb to say the least. She had apple trees, plum trees, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb, two large vegetable gardens, shrubs and many, many flowers. So needless to say, when she gives me advice on planting and growing I take it! Peonies are pretty easy:

1. Plant them in sun.
2. Don't plant them too deep or else they won't bloom.
3. Don't cut them down in the fall. If you do you run the risk of moisture going down the stems into the heard of the root ball, freezing and damaging it. Just leave them until spring to clean up the dead leaves and stems.

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