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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Peonies…

Peonies are one of the most beautiful plants that I have in my garden.  When they are in bloom they are absolutely gorgeous…when they are done blooming I clip the spent pods and have learned to embrace the greenery as part of the landscape.  As you are not supposed to cut the plant itself until after the first frost in the fall.  I myself have wait until the plant becomes discolored – just as I would the change of color in a bleeding or astilbe.  You can kinda just tell its ready to go! Its important to do this so that we eliminate any of this years disease out of the landscape and cutting back our plants is the easiest way to do it!   If you are unsure how to cut yours back – just use a sharp pair of garden shears and snip away about three inches from the ground.  Remove any mulch from the base of the plant – peonies do not like any mulch!  If you are able to find any of these in the clearance section of a nursery, fall is a fantastic time to plant peonies so that their root system gets established during the winter season. Peonies will be popping up in early spring – they certainly take their time though showing their blooms, but once they do ~ you will love your garden. If they are younger plants you might need to stake them so that they do not fall over.  Rings are great, but I have found that using tomato stakes allow them to grow through the centers sort of like a flower frog. No need for fertilizer either…Peonies are not a fan!

So this past few days, I walked around and cut back all of my peony stems!  Funny how everything we do in our gardens this time of year, prepares it for next year! The more time and energy we focus on doing things now, the more beautiful our gardens will be next spring.  Wanted to share with you some of my favorite peony blooms that I took this past summer.

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Peony Trees on the other hand do not need anything done to them except for some light trimming.  Earlier this year my Peony tree had become so tall that the top of it had nearly bent in half and touched the ground at it’s tip.  It was hysterical to look at – clearly something had to be done…as it could not keep that shape without snapping in half!  So, that is exactly what I did.  I took some clippers and cut it just as I do my roses in the spring.  I was terrified I had killed it ~ but within two weeks new baby buds started to appear at the base of the main stem – it has such a better shape now ~ but I’m curious if that serious trim will effect next years blooms…only time will tell I guess.

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Would love to see you at this weeks Garden Party ~ party should be posted soon. To see where else I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoxo, tracie

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14 comments:

TammysVintage Finds said...

Your peonies are just beautiful! They ar
e my favorite flower. We always had them in our yard when I was growing up in Indiana. I wish they would grow here in North Texas, but it is just too hot and dry.

Bernideen said...

Yours are delightful and full blown!

A Few Pennies said...

Gorgeous pics; I love their beauty and the heavenly aroma they create in a room. Beautiful!

Debbi said...

Thanks for the tips...I need to go divide mine too...but it spposed to be almost 100 here in the Willamette valley for the next 2 days (Yikes) so it will be after it cools back down:). Always drool over you peonies, glad you posted pics again!

Hi, I'm Heather said...

This is by far my favourite flower. In fact, I used to sit on a board for the local botanical gardens which was home to one of the biggest peony collections in North America (over 300 varieties). We wanted to get the word out about the collection. And it was my job to create a festival honouring the collection. I've moved on, but the festival still goes on every June.

Shabby Sheshe said...

tracie!!
Gorgeous!!! I love your garden. Your amazing.
Michelle

Jemma said...

Traci,
Just beautiful-actually breathtaking!
Love this incredible flower!
Warm Hugs,
Jemma

Mindy said...

They're sooooo pretty. I only have one, and it was here when I bought the house. I really should add some more, yours are just gorgeous.

Lizbeth McGow said...

Beautiful pictures! Makes me happy just looking and them! and all the infromation about peonies you have given us is very interesting! I like them even more now! Thank You for sharing these beauties at the Fluster Buster Party! Lizy party co host

Angie said...

Beautiful, peonies are my favourite and could not imagine my garden without them.
You've a wonderful selection.

Angie said...

Beautiful, peonies are my favourite and could not imagine my garden without them.
You've a wonderful selection.

Sue said...

I'm SO jealous! Your garden is absolutely beautiful! I wish I had room for a bigger garden. . .

Take care,
Sue

September Violets said...

Your peonies are gorgeous ... would love to know the name of what looks like a double (second row of photos on the right). Thanks for the tips for fall care, none of which I knew about. I'll be able to deal with mine properly now. Enjoy your gardening weekend :) Wendy

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