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RE: Peonies

  • Subject: RE: Peonies
  • From: "Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI" <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 07:58:52 -0700

I can only imagine the show. When we visited Minnesota a few years ago
the peonies were in bud but not quite ready to bloom yet.  I envy your
It is odd weather here. Windy (of course) but also overcast, and there
were thunderstorms last week. In fact there was some rain, they said
there had never been rain on that date in recorded history. We took our
horses to the mountains over the weekend and got rained on during the
trip. And it was a bit below freezing at night, that's not common this
time of year.
My tomatoes are doing pretty darn good considering the pathetic
seedlings I started with, but I haven't uncovered the peppers to look at
them in the last week. I will be surprised if any of them live they were
so tiny and sad looking. I picked some zucchini already, woohoo! This
week I'm deadheading roses when I get home from work, they had a
spectacular bloom. Our desert willows are blooming very profusely but
the rest of the xeriscape is winding down.
I'm doing better at getting outside for an hour of maintenance right
after I get home. I am trying not to look at it as major projects but
merely an hour of whatever comes to mind, and if the chore is not done
after an hour then oh well, I've done something at least. So far so


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, June 09, 2009 6:43 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: [CHAT] Peonies

This has been a most unusual spring, with roller-coaster weather -
two different spikes up to 90 degrees for a day with unusually cool
weather before, between and after, and pretty dry most of the time.
It has been very overcast most of the time, but very little real
percipitation.  Now that I have finished with most of the pressing
things I've been involved with for the past month and thought I
could finally get to the garden, it is pouring rain and thundering.
This the most significant rain we have had all spring.  I'm delighted
that it is raining, for we needed it sorely, but why today?  Why not
last week when I couldn't work outside anyway?

Anyway, for whatever reason and despite the untoward weather,
things have bloomed more heavily this spring than I can remember.
all the early trees and shrubs - forsythia, dogwood, redbud, cherry,
crabapple, viburnum, etc. were spectacular.  The rhododendrons
and azaleas bloomed heavily above the level that deer could
reach, though the deer had stripped them up to about five feet.
This week has been the week of the peonies, and they are
fabulous - or were until this rain.  I'm sure that many of them
will be beaten down and spoiled by this heavy rain.  Yesterday
I counted more than 25 blooms on my 'Gai Paree' and that was
after I had already picked quite a few.  I have brought in large
bunches of ten or twelve different blooms twice now, and also I
took such a bunch to my club meeting yesterday.  Just showing
off.  A couple of the early ones are already past, and there are
a couple more that haven't opened yet, but on the whole, I can't
remember a finer peony year.  I don't know if we can thank global
warming for the remarkable bloom this year, but whatever is
responsible, I think it's great.  I just hope it isn't followed by an
overheated summer.
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