few buds this year - why?
When we moved to our house there were tons of peonies - most situated under a large conifer. The first year I moved all of them, and they have bloomed every year without fail since. We have a pretty shady yard, so some are in sunnier spots than others and bloom more, but all have always had at least several buds.
This year there is almost nothing! Even my good bloomers have definately less buds, and several clumps have absolutely nothing!
I am in new england, and this past winter was pretty warm, and we had a very warm spell mid winter. Might that have caused it? I also had a tree near all of them fertilized 2 or 3 years ago - would that cause it?
My neighbor has tons of beautiful blooms - I am so sad!!