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RE: Lots of questions...need help re lilies & peonies especially...

Bonnie: I once sorted three large peony clumps from poison ivy (in the
spring too) by washing them off with a hose, so I could see what I was
doing...it's pretty obvious once you get the soil off them what is what.
Then just plant them in your containers for transport and off you go. If
these are very old peonies, you may be surprised at how large the
underground root mass is...and just because they haven't emerged in a
couple of years doesn't mean they haven't wanted to...old, very large,
heavy root masses of peonies often sink too far below the surface to
make the plant very productive, but once you raise them back up to
within 1-2 inches of the surface, they are off and going strong again.
Good luck! BTW, my mom has a set of peony bushes that are about 100
years old...they still bloom every year! They were my grandmother's who
got them from her mother when she first got married in 1920.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein

 --- On Sun 04/04, Bonnie & Bill Morgan < wmorgan972@ameritech.net > wrote:
From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan [mailto: wmorgan972@ameritech.net]
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2004 21:43:23 -0400
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Lots of questions...need help re lilies & peonies   especially...

Thanks, Ceres! I'll be back over there in about 2 weeks and will take
a<br>good shovel with me and large pots for the transfer. Any idea how
to<br>extricate the weeds and grasses without harming the peonies?
<br><br>I'm hedging my bets on the daffodils. I'm cutting a nice bouquet
and<br>leaving the rest to whatever comes. (I couldn't believe how many
came up<br>this year! But they do look so lovely in a
Message-----<br>From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net
[mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf<br>Of
Cersgarden@aol.com<br>Sent: Sunday, April 04, 2004 8:54 PM<br>To:
gardenchat@hort.net<br>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lots of questions...need help
re lilies & peonies<br>especially...<br><br>Bonnie, if you were
purchasing a new peony you would be planting in the <br>spring so I
can't believe you will harm the plant however it may have affect<br>on
<br>this years bloom. What do you have to lose? How nice to have a
keepsake<br>from <br>your mothers garden.<br> I have way to many daffs
to worry about covering them. What will be, <br>will be.<br> Ceres
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