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RE: Help with peonies

Kitty, we've had a couple of unseasonably cool weeks in our area (more
actually.)  A number of things are fading early and my Sweet Autumn Clematis
has already started it's glorious show.  I think the cooler weather has
confused a number of plants that are regulated by temperature rather than
length of day light.

Blessings (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 10:39 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Help with peonies

Melody, you're right about your peonies, it is just that this is still
summer.  It's a bit early for them to be going downhill.  A few scorched
edges here and there are ok, but I would think yours would still be pretty
much green at the end of August.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2004 5:54 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Help with peonies

> Guess after reading a few of the other posts, I am now aware that not
> all peonies do this...I've grown peonies pretty much all my life and
> have never not had mine do this...all very healthy, very robust plants.
> My grandmother (of the 100+ year old peonies) always told me this was
> just how it was with these plants and she always mowed hers to the
> ground the end of every fall once they were browned. I do agree with
> Kitty, though that any blackened stems need to be removed asap...that is
> never a good sign.
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Tue 08/31, Melody < mhobertm@excite.com > wrote:
> From: Melody [mailto: mhobertm@excite.com]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2004 06:29:00 -0400 (EDT)
> Subject: RE: [CHAT] Help with peonies
> Chris: This is what peonies do at the end of summer and into
> fall.<br>Normally I wait a bit longer to mow them down (or cut,
> whichever way you<br>prefer), usually mid to late fall. Same thing is
> happening to mine here,<br>so as long as there is no outward sign of
> stress or disease (like an<br>obvious fungus or mildew or something
> yucky) I wouldn't worry about it.<br>Kind of like waiting for tulip
> foliage to die off completely...looks<br>terrible until you can finally
> get it cleared away, but necessary to<br>next year's healthy
> plants.<br><br><br><br>Melody, IA (Z 5/4)<br><br>"The most beautiful
> thing we can experience is the mysterious." <br>--Albert
> Einstein<br><br> --- On Mon 08/30, < Chris@widom-assoc.com >
> wrote:<br>From: [mailto: Chris@widom-assoc.com]<br>To:
> gardenchat@hort.net<br>Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2004 12:33:57 -0400<br>Subject:
> [CHAT] Help with peonies<br><br>Many of my peony plants are browning and
> look awful! Could this be<br>blight<br>or could this be the end of their
> season? Also, I have an<br>abundance of<br>mature foxgloves for the
> first time, but many are<br>growing in all the wrong<br>places! When is
> a safe time to relocate<br>them? I tried to pot some up in<br>the late
> spring/early summer, but<br>they didn't like it much, although
> they<br>didn't die<br>outright.<br><br>Chris<br>Long Island,

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