Poor Luck for Peonies

Calm amid the storms.

It never fails — the day after my peonies start blooming, there is a downpour accompanied by heavy winds, then maybe more wind or cold or heat. My peonies started blooming last week and on Sunday night we had a wild storm — not a huge amount of rain, but it was accompanied by lots of rough wind. (This on top of several earlier storms during the week.)

Peonies have the worst luck with weather — but they keep on blooming and they always survive; many peonies will last 100 years. So despite the storms of spring, remember that every peony you plant will likely out-live you.

One Reply to “Poor Luck for Peonies”

  1. Double flowered peonies will react worse to rain and wind than single flowered peonies. Also the Itoh hybrid peonies like Bartzella have a more robust stem and are more weather resistant than the standard lactiflora types.

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