There are all kinds of lovely cut flowers to buy in supermarkets these days, but wouldn’t it be nice if you could just pop into your own garden and cut some lovely flowers.
It would save you time and money, and be much kinder to the environment than buying flowers that have been shipped from miles away.
Peonies are such glamorous flowers and quite expensive to buy, so why not grow them?
They may be reluctant to flower until they settle in, so here’s what you need to know, they like:
- An open, sunny position.
- A nice rich soil, so light, sandy soil just won’t do.
- October-November is a great time to plant while the soil is still warm.
- Add plenty of home-made compost or soil-improver to the planting hole.
- Mulch them with the same stuff in spring so the soil doesn’t dry out in summer, but make sure you don’t cover the emerging crown of the plant.
- Give them a prop of twiggy stems in February to support them as they grow.
- Remove their dead leaves in autumn (so they don’t get fungal wilt, which is just as nasty as it sounds).
I hope that you’ll be encouraged to plant peonies in your garden.
Have a lovely weekend.
images: Jill Anderson