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Re: Lots of questions...need help re lilies & peoniesespecially...


> peonies start to bloom.  1) have a huge thunderstorm with high winds
> and torrential downpours

Marge, this is why I prefer the single flowers with thick stems - no faces
in the grass.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2004 10:28 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lots of questions...need help re lilies &
peoniesespecially...


> > From: Cersgarden@aol.com
> > Marge, they come to us bare root and usually about the first that
> we plant.
> ----------
>
> Well, Ceres, your supplier must be handling them right if your
> customers are having success with them.  I was repeating what has
> been said on peony list.  Of course, being peony nuts, all the people
> on that list *only* want to handle the plants strictly according to
> Hoyle.  But, as someone said on this thread, if you have to move
> them, they are tough and will probably survive; just may not bloom.
>
> I've had 5 peonies for well over 20 years but have never dug them up
> nor divided them...well, hardly ever done anything to them but cut
> them back in fall and dispose of the foliage.  If they are really
> lucky, they get a topdressing of compost every few years:-)  Love
> them and only wish I had more spots where they'd get sufficient sun
> to bloom.
>
> Of course, our crazy weather is guaranteed to do 2 things when
> peonies start to bloom.  1) have a huge thunderstorm with high winds
> and torrential downpours and 2) turn hottern' the hinges of
> Hades...neither really good for optimum bloom.  But, when the gods
> smile, there's nothing can beat a peony flower.  All of you north of
> me should be able to have magnificent peonies in the full range of
> bloom time.  We need to stick to the early types here for best
> success.
>
> As long as I've had these plants, they've all bloomed together,
> although some are supposed to be early and some mid-season.  Well,
> last season, being about the coolest spring in memory, they actually
> staggered their bloom with the 'earlies' coming on early and the
> others following on a couple of weeks later.  I was amazed:-)
>
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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