Plant Profile: Peonies

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The pretty, pale pink peonies are blooming.  I’ve been taking lots of photos of them because, as we all know, the blooms don’t last that long.

These are Sarah Bernhardt peonies that I planted in 2012.  The plant has really filled in the area where it was planted.  I read that peonies don’t like to be transplanted so I’m not going to take a chance on moving it. But I’ve also read that many gardeners take divisions of plants especially ones that were in family gardens.  Has anyone had luck in moving them and having them bloom afterwards?

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The buds are pink on the outside but when they open they are almost white inside.  Peonies do come in other colours as well.

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These are herbaceous perennial plants that are native to Asia, southern Europe and western North America which can grow up to 1.5 meters high and wide.

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The name comes from Paeon, the Greek god of medicine and healing.

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The plants can live a very long time and love full sun.  Mine grow in a sun trap area that is south facing and it is only later in the early evening that there is any shade.

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The ants just love the peonies and are always scurrying over the buds.  They are attracted to the juice coating on the buds and don’t do any harm to the plant.

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Once the buds are fully open the ants seem to disappear.

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Once the blooms are finished I snip off the flower stem and the lush green leaves continue to provide a source of interest in the garden.

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I’m sharing with Macro Monday,  I ♥ Macro, and What’s Blooming This Week

Showing growth: stonecrop red carpet, stringy stonecrop, rhubarb,  clematis, feverfew, hosta,  drumstick alliums, ribbon grass, false spirea, sedum, obedient plant, bee balm, coreopsis, purple coneflower, Peruvian Daffodils, 4 o’clocks, canna, wegelia, ninebark, yucca

Budding:  honeysuckle,  Egyptian Walking Onions,  daylilies, stella d’oro daylilies,

Blooming: violets, pansies, violets,  yellow iris, trillium, bugle weed, bleeding heart,  incarvila,  fuchsia, lily of the valley, sand cherry, poppies, lilacs, honeysuckle shrub and vine, solomon seal, peonies, iris, chives,

Blooms are finished:  daffodils, tulips, mini iris, yellow mid size iris, 

New to the garden:  jack in the pulpit, ligularia, anemone, bloody dock, mountain bluet and painter’s pallet, elephant ears,

Sprouting Outside: beetroot, peas 1, 2, 3,  morning glory seeds, 4 o’clock roots, Peruvian daffodils, scarlet runner beans, purple hyacinth beans, radishes, zucchini, potatoes, beetroot, rattlesnake beans, Valentine black beans, zinnias, cosmos,  sage, dill #2,  tomatoes, basil,  parsley, squash, sweet peas,

Trowel & Error:  birdcage planter, dill #1, 

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