digging peonies (moving!)
So it looks like we might be moving. I got fed up this spring-- on Jun. 4 it hit 23 on my porch (which means, most likely, well below 20 in my field)... we 're way up in the mountains but after four years here I've figured out (finally) that we are also in a TERRIBLE cold sink, we're about 10 degrees colder sometimes than areas higher up in the mountains but just a mile away... I can't grow fruit, I can't grow asparagus, I can't grow rhubarb, because it starts growing in our hot days then gets slammed and slammed and slammed again by frost (we have days in spring that are 92 in the day at 27 at night-- NO JOKE). So anyway, the final straw was really the peonies which came up happily in May and made tons of buds -- I went through and just glancing counted nearly 80 buds-- and NOT ONE BLOOM in the end because of a couple nasty low-20s frosts which , two miles up the road, were 34 to 39 degree nights.
So we're moving UP the hill to where it's colder in winter and warmer spring nights... absolutely insane to do this but we found a good deal on 32 acres with water rights and we're hoping we can work it out.
SO, the question is, how do I move my perennials, most particuarly my peonies??? I've got close to 50 of them now. That's worth a lot of money. I can't leave them behind. Will they move OK?
And what about other perennials? I guess i can just dig my tulips but what about delphs, and centaurea, and echinacea? pyrethrum? penstamons? Just dig and go?