Posted: 12/07/2015 at 00:13
Update to show they finally flowered. I think they would have flowered in their own time but I may have managed to hasten them along - or not! Not sure. I read a florists website where she described forcing open peony buds for display. She described the sticky sap which the buds produce and said she sprayed the buds with warm water to loosen the tight outer petals. She was talking about cut flowers so I thought I might as well try it outdoors. I sprayed them three mornings in a row. Even while I was spraying they outer petals loosened away. And hey presto, they all began to burst open. But there's no certainty that that they might have opened just because they were ready to. I don't know. And they were beautiful - before a thunderstorm a few days later. I was delighted to see how beautiful they are - although I have no idea which peony they are.