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13/07/2014 at 08:51

i bought a sarah bernhardt peony root lasrt summer and it came up  but the stem snapped as i didn't support it, and geraniums shaded it out totally, what can i do with it to ensure it flowers next year?it ended up just a stem about 6 inches long

13/07/2014 at 09:10

I'll be watching this space too, as I love Peonies, but not sure if I have the right conditions, as my sunny border is a bit crowded at the moment.

13/07/2014 at 09:15

It may take a while to produce any amount of flowers rosemummy, I have the same peony and it's yet to flower properly.

13/07/2014 at 09:25

shall i just move the geraniums out of it's way and leave it then?

13/07/2014 at 09:51

Rose mummy I have a peony in a crowded bed surrounded by geraniums as well, it has flowered repeatedly. Last year I cut it down far too early and panicked it wouldn't give me flowers this year. It did give me 3 stunners.... Not as many as last year but lesson learnt!! Peony are actually quite tough plants but you do need to support them. Buy yourself an excellent plant support to give it a chance next year. When the shoots appear next year feed it and love it lol. My peony is also in a shaded border and does do well !

13/07/2014 at 09:55
Is that the pale pinky one? Ive had trouble getting that to flower too, although the darker one grows and flowers like a weed! I have read they can be sensitive to soil depth which can stop them flowering

Might just be one of those awkward ones that makes us wait! Will probably flower just as your littleones discover football!
13/07/2014 at 09:56

got loads of inherited established peoniesbut this one v young only 1 stem so not robust or large enough to compete, will replace geraniums as it gets bigger, i've got enough of them!

13/07/2014 at 09:57

sorry bekkie yes it's pale pink, all my inherited ones red, at least they're a pinkish toned red but i really want only blues pinks and whites

13/07/2014 at 10:48

I planted 3 Sarah Bernhardts last Spring.  They were quite tall plants (about 15"), each with 3 leafy stems but no flowers. They are planted in a semi shaded border and this year produced 15 lovely flowers, so hopefully you will get blooms next year rosemummy    Pic of mine below.


14/07/2014 at 08:54

beautiful, went out to check mine yesterday, it's a dead twig 3 inches high

14/07/2014 at 09:48

Don't worry rosemummy, we all have our successes and our failures    P'raps it's time to cut your losses and go out and buy a big, healthy plant which already has 3 or 4 leafy stems.  It will cost you more but you should get a good display of flowers next June.

14/07/2014 at 19:16

It was just a bit of root in a box, but I was pleased as it grew, staking and supporting is my weak point, must put that in the "what have you learnt this yesr in the garden " thread!all the peonies I inherited do ok, I just really wish the previous owner had liked pale ones!!

16/07/2014 at 00:26

I would be tempted to leave it to recover there's  more going on underground than we realise 

 My peony has survived two moves and took several years to produce blooms. Then we had the pond made bigger which went right up to the plant, so I thought it wouldn't flower again but it came back as you can see

 In a very narrow border. Beautiful blooms, pity they are so short lived.


16/07/2014 at 08:35

thanks bizzie, that's what 9i plan to do, fingers crossed! i once thought a montana was completely dead, then this year it grew to about 16 feet!!

16/07/2014 at 11:47

   makes you wonder who controls who!

16/07/2014 at 13:29

You have a narcissistic peony there, Bizzie 


16/07/2014 at 14:08


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