I am pining for spring. Thoughts of spring fill my mind in the dreary months of January and February. Not that there aren’t wonderful things to be enjoyed during those months but I do look forward to the warmer weather, a little more sunshine, and the excitement of planting my garden.
The peonies that grow in my garden originally came from my grandmothers garden. They were in my sisters garden for a time and now they are in mine. My grandmother died 15 years ago and I still miss her. Seeing the peonies grow in my garden always, always, always, makes me think of her.
They are easy to plant. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots. You can add some fertilizer or aged organic matter in the bottom of the hole. Place the peony in the hole so that the eyes (small, red-colored buds) are one to two inches below the soil’s surface. Fill the hole with dirt and water well .
Peonies are easy to grow, I don’t do anything to them and the are prolific every year. You could use a fertilizer on them though, maybe you will get bigger blooms. But my blooms are big all by themselves. One tip, if the blooms start to get smaller or less frequent you may have a plant that is over crowded. Peonies like their elbow room. Just dig them up, break apart the tubers and replant in a spacious area. They like to be planted and transplanted in the fall months best.
Peonies make gorgeous cut flowers and my house is filled with them in the spring. They are simply gorgeous to look at and add a sense of peace to your home. Add a little bleeding heart to your bouquet for a lovely look.
I can think of no other keepsake that brings me greater joy than my grandmothers peonies. Who knows where they may go in the future. They are heirlooms, after all.
Check out this amazing website devoted to peonies. Hollingsworth Peonies