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I think they do better left to get on with it by themselves.
Herbaceous paeonies die back in winter.
The woody ones (tree paeonies) act as deciduous shrubs.
Anything leafy will not survive the frost but if it's a hardy one it will all come back next year
picked sticks from all round the garden and made an enormous shredding heap.
Oh no, not more shredding
Get on with your work Jo. No slacking please
Is that a sort of paeony or a rose?
good book that one Jo.
I think my H. p is more likely to die than get that big Verdun. It isn't happy.
It's not a twiner in my experience Verdun. Maybe I've been lucky
Lovely picture of it in BC's 'Woodland Garden' book. In winter looks great
Petiolaris will cling to a tree. Nice one at Beth Chatto's garden. Less nice one in my garden, it doesn't like the soil it's in
Cotoneasters are some of the easiest shrubs to please
You've probably got mine Tetley, we've had the population explosion, less now.
Mowing some areas is like riding a bucking horse. The holes get bigger all the time from use by various beasties plus some erosion
2m is near enough. That will stop quite a bit of wind. Short stakes are OK, the top can flap around as long as the roots don't.