New Peony

boxofrox(z8 PNW)June 4, 2009

Thought I'd share this first bloom from my new peony. I picked it to group with a 'Sorbet' and a reddish purple one I can't remember the name of so I would have two solids and one with both colors. I planted it last year and got no bloom so I've been waiting a long time for today :-)

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That is incredibly lovely.
Peonies are my very favorite flower.
The fragrance is so other-worldly.

So what do you do for yours to make them so full and perfect?
Had a pt who used to put the ashes from his wood fireplace on his peony beds all year.

Ever heard of using ashes for mulch?

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 7:16AM
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boxofrox(z8 PNW)

I just fertilize with Terosa. It works so well on my roses that I started using it on all my perennials. Other than that, I just use H2O :-)

Here's a pic of the other two in that grouping from last year. The sorbet is a bit faded, it opens more peach and mellow yellow in the center.

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    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 10:52AM
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How do you keep your peonies from drooping? Mine seem to fall over from the weight of the flowers.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 5:02PM
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boxofrox(z8 PNW)

Hi Lisa,

I just use tomato cages and make sure that most of the new growth either keeps getting tucked in or is green velcro taped to a stem that is. Once they start getting taller than the cage I take a long skinny bamboo stake and run it vertically inside the cage and velcro it to the cage and then velcro a grouping of stalks to each stake. The foliage is so thick, you never see the tape. It seems that as long as I keep the stalks vertical and don't allow them to get accustomed to the outward lean, they have no problem supporting the flower head even when wet.

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    Bookmark   June 5, 2009 at 5:14PM
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