Planting three sad looking peony plants last year was one of the best things we did.
Two are pink and the one shown above is actually deep burgundy. I don’t know why it looks pink in the picture.
We bought these at the end of the season last year and all three looked half dead. We left them in pots for a while, trying to decide where to plant them. We were out of space and thought about planting them by the driveway in front of the house but decided to plant them in the back yard where we spend more time.
Vince said this morning that he was surprised they even lived because they looked so bad when he planted them.
This one is right by the edge of the patio and Oscar and I stop and smell it every morning.
The other two are by the shop – one on each side of the walkway going to the door. They haven’t bloomed yet. They get a bit less sun that this one does but my guess is they’ll be blooming by tomorrow.
So pretty and they smell so good!
Oh my, they’re gorgeous! We’re clearing out a part of the front yard where we had some plumbing done over the winter and they dug it up and left a pipe sticking out. Rather than seed it we decided to make it a perennial garden. I may need some peonies! So pretty!
They make me smile. So far, I don’t think the pink ones smell as good and the burgundy ones but the pinks ones are just starting to open.
katie peterson says
I have the hot pink and light pink and white ones. The only bad thing is that you have to have ants to eat them open. Mine get so tall they fall over so now I put tomato cages around them. They last a bit longer that way.
That’s actually not true. They do not need ants to open them. There was a big discussion about that in our master gardener class. Of course, who has peonies and doesn’t have ants?
..What a nice result! I like peonies. You were smart to put them where you will be by them.
When Gary S. would bring a bunch of peonies and leave them on my desk (before I got in), there were always a few tiny little ants crawling around. I had heard that same thing: that they are necessary. I know we had peonies where I grew up, but I don’t think of scent with them! (It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen some–they don’t like our climate!)