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.
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.
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.
Give it a try – and have a lovely day!