A couple of years ago I picked up a bag of two peony "starts" from Costco. I planted them in large plastic nursery type pots to grow them up a bit before putting them in the garden... at least that was the plan. Both are pale pink but I only noted the name of one... Sarah Bernhardt. I do however think I planted them too deep. In multiple spring seasons, lots of foliage, no buds. Peonies have "eyes" that can't be buried or they won't get blooms. Apparently I don't know what this "eye" looks like because I must have buried it. This year I finally planted one of them in my gardens...
My dream would actually be to have my very OWN peony cutting garden, a la Martha Stewart that is. Then I could have cut peonies for weeks on end... In my dream, my cutting garden would line my soon to be in place, fancy wire garden fence... wouldn't that be fabulous?
But for now I'll settle for just Sarah in the cutting garden. If I'd like that large cut bouquet I guess I'll have to head to Pike Place Market in Seattle or perhaps I'd be lucky enough to find one locally at Trader Joe's.
So how about you... are you a peony lover? Do you have a favorite?
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