Posted: 10/03/2016 at 15:20
Fairygirl, Paeonia are just like my daughters, beautiful to look at but oh so frustrating, even my patience is at times stretched. Cuttings drive me mad, they root then dawdle along until suddenly one year there will be one lovely flower then the sulk the next year, it took seven years with my last effort, last year it was glorious, you get there in the end. Then as with you near Inverness comes a late frost or strong wind, if not properly staked they get flattened. Again it is not frost that gets them but early sun defrosts them too quickly, mine face west and the Bungalow shades them from the rising sun. Why do we bother I ask, seeing the Rubra Pena bush in full bloom is heart stopping and for a short couple of weeks i can sit and enjoy, then like my daughters they leave, at least they come back more than once in the year.
That should read Rubra Plena.