Despite the 4” of snow we received the other day, spring is rapidly approaching here at Cricket Hill. Many of the early blooming Chinese tree peonies are quite far advanced for this early in the season. We generally do not worry about this and have been amazed in years past at the ability of the new growth to withstand very cold weather.
As the spring peony planting season begins in much of the U.S., we have revised our tree peony care reference sheet. The most significant changes we have made are to emphasize the need to adequately water newly transplanted tree peonies in the first season after transplanting. Depending on how much rain you receive, and the heat of summer, this may mean watering once a week through the first spring and summer that the peony is in its new location. You can download a PDF of our newly revised Tree Peony Care Sheet. Please feel free to share it with friends, garden clubs and anyone else who might be interested.
If there is empty spot in your garden that needs a beautiful plant, consider adding a peony this spring. We have some great plants on special. Happy planting and good growing!