favor-“ette”: a peony tip

May 28th, 2013

So now that I’ve reversed my position on peonies, I’m sure you’re going to have lots of them in your garden this year (at least I hope you will!).

And I’ve got a great tip to help you get the most bang for your buck from these short-lived beauties.

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See, here in New York the same things happen every year.  I eagerly await the first little shoots of peony stalks, telling me that spring is finally here. I fastidiously hoop each plant, to ensure that  those top heavy blooms don’t flop right over into the grass the moment they flower. I even manage to snag a few pretties to bring indoors.

And then – we’ll get a rip roaring monsoon which effectively strips every last remaining flower on every single plant.

Peony season – over.

But no more. Because NOW I have a plan.

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Before the stems open, I cut a few with some nice fat buds. I stick them in a plastic bag and store them in the fridge for up to 4-5 weeks. When I’m ready, I take them out and put them in a vase.

Fresh, fragrant (and ant-free!) blooms.

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Give it a try – and have a lovely day!

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