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Peony Pruning?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 12:59

Gardening Grandma, as a child we had a smallholding as many did back then, my Father a very keen gardener fed us and the extended family from a walled garden and the animals hens geese ducks we kept. Two Uncles also had farms so really we were well provided for unlike so many at the time.
That land now has a large four bed roomed house on it and the garden divided into four separate garden, apart from some help from me when old enough Dad did it all himself. His motto was if you cannot eat it or sell it there is no room for it, but then he grew Paeonia, Pinks, Carnations and show stopping Chrysanthemums plus a very long row of Madonna Lily's, I grow them all apart from the lily's.
Your can quite easily put in a nursery bed along a wall or fence as long as they get some sunlight, as they grow plant in front of them with annual plants low growing to take the eye, many seeds do need to be put in a nursery bed so space can be made.
I sometimes do not prune down the paeonia until spring leaving the dry foliage as a frost guard, some gardeners prune in Autumn then lay the cuttings over the root ball as frost guard, we all have our ways although as soon as the leaves are dead and dry they stop doing their job and can be cut down if you wish.
Garden are our individual choice, I do not go with the fashion model makeover etc although my garden has changed as I get older and stiffer.
I try to answer question where I have knowledge, which is not everything asked, because the people asking have not had the pleasure of being brought up with good gardens. The last forty or more years of a lawn a swing and a bit of a flower bed restricted peoples knowledge, now there is a rush back to vegetable growing, what a treat they are in for when they eat their own produce.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 11:23

Eight letters beginning with "S", Sunshine although plenty of cloud, very dour looking over towards the Hills to the South and not much better towards the east coast, as usual Teesside bucks the trend.
A day in the garden or what is left of the day, after feeding my grandchildren yesterday I needed a clean up.
Maybe a visit to the local nursery they have two for one offers on and they do have very good plants.


Peony Pruning?

Posted: 04/07/2012 at 11:13

Paeonia, my favourite flower having grown up with a huge bush of the plant which was very old then and now have a cutting from that plant from my Sister. It was paeonia officnalis Rubra-plena a deep red. I also have a more modern Rubra-plena and Alba-plena.
They do not need pruning until late Autumn then you cut them back to ground level, I dead head then tidy them up a little but that is it.
They can be moved as long as you leave the surface of the root ball uncovered when you replant it. Put plenty of good compost in the hole first then mulch the area around the root ball without actually touching it. Rake in bone meal in early spring making sure you do not damage the roots that are near the surface. They like almost full sun although shade from early morning sun after frost.
You can grow from seed sown as normal then left in a cold frame in early Autumn, prick them out into a nursery bed in Spring and leave for three or four years before planting in position in the Autumn.
They can be divided but make sure you have roots and dormant buds on each piece, they can take a year or so to settle and flower. My cutting had a flower the first year then nothing for three years until it flowered again this year, patience is required with Paeonia.
A lot of gardeners say they are not worth the bother, that is a matter of taste, a lot of plants come and go in a flash, this years Paeonia have lasted three weeks and are going over now, the bees swarm round them and I underpin them with Cranes-bill, the blue of that sets the paeonia off beautifully and it will go on for a while then cut right back will come again hiding the Paeonia.
Hope this helps


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:23

Teesside, Sunshine at the moment although quite a lot of cloud around, still warm though.



Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:18

Lizzy, Mahonia like moist soil in sun or partial shade if it is one with large leaves.
They should flower in late winter early spring and then have berries blue-black.
prune them after fruiting back hard in April though this is not always done.
It sounds to me as if it is in the wrong place, we all do that, I have plants that have been all over the garden before they found a place they liked.
It can be moved by taking as large a root ball as you can manage, have the hole ready and if it is a large leaf then partial shade, that would mean early or late sun but not full south facing, drop it in the hole with the soil at the level it was at before, mulch round it without being too close to the stem and water in, keep moist for a week or so.


Floppy Rose

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:02

One answer is to push some twiggy stick support into the ground under the plant to lift it and take the weight of the flower heads.
Prune out some of the spindly stems to allow the others to thicken, when the flowers are finished prune back a third in Autumn and then take out the spindles in spring, it should in time get stronger.


winter protection

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 23:56

Depends on where you have it in the garden Saj.
They need a south facing sheltered spot with full sun, if you are in the South then that should suffice. Here in the North we grow them in pots and put them next to a wall from Autumn to Spring. They are very slow growing but can reach 10m or in my language thirty feet.
They are half hardy and in Southern Europe can be covered in snow part of the year without harm. You could try bubble wrap in the coldest period but let it breathe.
if it is a young tree do not expect fruit for a few years.


July in your garden...

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 22:39

Gardeners are the original optimists, over the years I have seen June and July just as bad with maybe a little less rain but still cold. Then late August and September it has all changed, things pick up and we wonder what it is was all about.
Last year my tomato's etc came early and were gone, other years I have been eating my own well into October, this could be one of those years.
Nature compensates, we will get a harvest as we always do, when is the question, and next year we will be out as soon as the New Year is over doing it all again with the highest of hopes.
That is gardening and always has been, we live with it and take what nature gives us, every year is good in some way, the timing is a bit out is all, gardeners take it as it comes.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 22:26

You learn something new as they say
Tonight I found out that something I observed many years ago as I toured the ICI refineries at night has a name.
Night Glowing Clouds? We in the north east apparently are best placed to see this phenomenon of clouds glowing and changing showing pattern changes and colours.
I had seen the northern lights a couple of times and wondered if this was similar but no, it happens this time of the year as the sun below the horizon reflects on the cloud formation. The weather girl had pictures up and I knew I had seen it happen but it only can be seen on a narrow band across the north of England.
It also showed the jet stream well south over France and Spain so more wet weather for a while yet then.

weed id please

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 17:44

This does not look like Lesser Celandine and is definitely not creeping buttercup so I would say Mouse ear hawk weed.
It is a weed and wants taking out, it will spread but not as fast as creeping buttercup or celandine.
I watched celandine cover the floor of the local woods from a few plants near a beck to covering and smothering all the banks around in less than six years walking my dog.


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