The Thing About Peonies
I suspect that Peonies deliberately synchronize their flowering to coincide with gardeners’ trips away from home. Given that the average Peony plant has a very fleeting period of bloom, this means that many gardeners get to see the swelling buds of their Peony plants, followed by the bare seed heads.
Is this an evolutionary adaptation, or simply malice? We may never know.
At least we got one day to appreciate these two Peony ‘America’ blooms. We found them fully open this morning, but Judy and I both have to travel early tomorrow. We’re both returning by the end of the week, and I suspect all the ‘America’ blooms will have come and gone by then.
‘America’ has about a half dozen flower buds this year. Not bad considering that it’s really in too much shade.
‘Abalone Pearl’ has five buds, one of which opened today. It too gets less than an ideal amount of sunshine.
Peonia tenuifolia and a fourth Peony whose name I can[t remember have gone into decline. They are rather puny this year and with no buds at all. I’m ready to remove them but Judy wants to give them another season.
Last August I transplanted three Peony ‘Snow Swan’ to the Parkway Bed where they would get a good deal more sun. It was mild when I moved them but shortly afterwards we got some very hot weather, causing the poor ‘Snow Swans’ to faint away. Note to self: do not transplant Peonies, or most anything else, in August.
Fortunately, all three ‘Snow Swan’ Peonies reemerged this spring. The most robust of them has a single flower bud. I hope it is in flower when I return home later in the week. The others will most likely flower next year.
How have the Peonies done this year in your garden?