To celebrate Garden Month I’m going to be sharing some tips that I have found around the internet. I’m going to start with Peonies!
They’re one of my favourite flowers; I love their colour and shape. I was so excited last year to find that I have Peonies in my garden, so imagine my happiness when I saw that they were coming back this year. They are the perfect colour – really deep red – and have that romantic cupped shape! They are not that difficult to grow, but they do have a few little things that make them a little more high maintenance than other flowers.
- If you’re thinking of putting them in your garden think of them as a long term investment, they can live for up to 50 years. They do NOT like to be transplanted. They make their home a forever home, so keep that in mind.
- They like full sun, grow 3-4 feet and bloom in May and June, depending on the variety.
- Peonies like deep, fertile soil. Basically, that means before you plant your peony, dig deep, add lots of organic matter, and make really sure you’ve picked the right spot.
- Peonies do not have strong stems, so they tend to flop over, especially when in flower. The best way to deal with this is to create a “cage” of support just as the peonies is peeking out of the ground in spring, it also means that you can have easy access to the flower stems if you want to have fresh cut flowers in the house.
- At the end of the season after the plant has died back with the frost, cut back and discard the old foliage (but not into your compost if they show signs of gray mold).
Well that’s it for today, I hope that you have an amazing day! Don’t forget to sign up for our weekly email so that you can see what we are celebrating each week.
Happy Gardening Month!