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Re: Help with peonies

Chris, it has been so wet here again this summer, that fungal problems are
much in evidence.  I'm in Z5 and most of my peonies - plain old garden
varieties and a couple of hybrids - are green to the ground.  A few leaves
may be turning, but that's ok.  What you need to look for are browned or
blackened stems.  I've come across a few.  These should be rogued out before
the discoloration reaches the ground, carrying the disease into the clump.
If the dark color has already made it to the ground, cut as deeply as you
can.  Do not compost.  Burn or put in trash.

My woodland peonies are reacting differently.  P. obovata is fully green and
happy.  P. japonica is just limping along, but it was never strong.  I
should have bought it from Seneca instead of PDN.  The leaves are mottled
yellow, brown, white; one stem is brown.  The buds it set this spring fell
off w/out blooming.

As to the foxgloves, I moved a really big silver foxglove about the same
time you did yours (it had begun to bloom) and it moved successfully, though
it went into shock for a bit.  If yours are in the wrong places, I would
move them now with a good rootball.  That's just a guess though - hopefully
someone more familiar w/them will reply.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Chris@widom-assoc.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 11:33 AM
Subject: [CHAT] Help with peonies

> Many of my peony plants are browning and look awful!  Could this be blight
> or could this be the end of their season? Also, I have an abundance of
> mature foxgloves for the first time, but many are growing in all the wrong
> places!  When is a safe time to relocate them?  I tried to pot some up in
> the late spring/early summer, but they didn't like it much, although they
> didn't die outright.
> Chris
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 7
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