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Re: Help with peonies

It didn't sound stupid at all.

I was enamored of peonies for years, but over time I came to value the
foliage more than the flowers.  I could never appreciate the flowers much
because of what all of you have described.  I eventually began cutting the
flowers off before they made their big mess.  The foliage is pretty and long
lasting.  In recent years I've been digging sections of them out and selling
them off.  There's nothing special about these.  Some pink, some white.  I
am keeping the cultivars 'Coral & Gold' and 'Taki No Yosooi' (though I can't
tell them apart) because they are singles on thick stems that don't droop in
the rain.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard T. Apking" <richa@midlands.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 3:59 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Help with peonies

> I'm sure this sounds really stupid, but I'm going to continue anyway.
> I've had some of your problems with peonies, and I solved the
> hail,rainstorm,beat the petals off the plants thing by erecting a
> hoop-house over my peonies, 2 one-plant-wide beds each about 60 feet long.
> This project took about a half day the first time, and just a couple hours
> the next 8 times.
> Gonna have to change some, because I'm dividing them this fall, and if I
> replant all the divisions, the beds will increase at least four-fold.
> I'm gonna be in the rather unenviable position of having a surplus of
> tubers, any takers?
> BTW they are pink with white centers and doubles.

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