Peony provides colourful springtime bloom

"Peonies are a hardy long lived perennial native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America."

Gardens can be made up of many types of plants.  Continuous blooming perennials, flowering shrubs or unique conifers combine to provide a pleasing palate to the discerning gardener.  It is important to put things that you really love in your garden.  For me that plant is the peony.

Peonies  (paeonia) are a hardy long lived perennial native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America.  They love full sun and are easy to grow.

It comes in the herbaceous (non-woody) or tree form. Their blooms range in colors of white, pink, red or coral.

The plants can be so laden with single, semi-double or double blossoms that they have to be staked but the beauty and size of these vivid blooms are well worth the effort.

Peonies are a spring blooming perennial.  With careful planning and the use of the different cultivars a continuous show of these amazing blooms can last from mid-May well into June.  Once the bloom is gone the glossy green leaves last all summer turning purplish or gold in the fall.

The Peony enjoys well composted fertile soil in a well drained area.  Fall is the best time for planting.

Provide a generous- sized hole applying a liberal amount of bone meal ( well mixed in), setting the root with eyes up about 2 inches from the surface and back fill with soil being sure not to cover too deeply.

There are many reasons why a peony might not bloom.

A common mistake is to plant too deeply, so the plant may have to be raised.

It does  do not like to be divided or moved from spot to spot and can take a few years after being transplanted to establish blooms again.  If the plant is undernourished  the buds may form but not develop.

Top dressing with compost and bone meal away from the crown of the plant will give it a much needed boost.  A word of warning peonies do not like to be over fed stay away from fertilizers with high nitrogen numbers.

Too much shade will result in a plant that is gangly and competition from other tree or shrub roots will result in a plant that will not thrive.

This may seem like a lot of rules, but if planted in the right spot the peony will give you years of pleasure from one generation to the next.

Often ants can be seen crawling over the buds, but don’t worry.  They are enjoying the nectar and helping to nurture the bloom by removing bud-eating pest..

If using for a cut flower arrangement just dip the buds in water to remove the ants before bringing them into the house.

For those gardeners like me who love a show of striking, large, vivid colored blooms to high light the garden, take the time to place these divine plants where they are sure to seen and enjoyed .

Betty Drover and Patty Siddall operate a local garden business and will share their expertise in the Trail Times every other Friday. Contact Siddall Drover Garden Services at 250-364-1005

 

Just Posted

Work has begun on the $10-million, 120-kilometre fibre-optic line from Playmor Junction to north of Nakusp. File photo
Work begins on Slocan Valley fibre-optic line

The $10-million, 120-kilometre fibre-optic line runs from Playmor Junction to north of Nakusp

Prince Charles Secondary School
School District 8 votes in favour of name change for Secondary School in Creston

In an act of reconciliation, a new name will be chosen for Prince Charles Secondary School

A B.C. police officer shows an approved roadside screening device. Photo: Saanich News file
Woman caught passed out behind the wheel in Trail

Police located the 38-year old in her parked but still running car, and had to rouse her awake.

Jade Osecki leading a Fridays for Future climate march in Nelson in 2020. Photo: Submitted
Nelson Grade 12 student Jade Osecki wins Suzy Hamilton Award

Carolyn Schramm was also honoured in this year’s environmental award for West Kootenay women

Photo courtesy of Mercer Celgar
Mercer Celgar to install new technology thanks to $4.5 million in federal funds

Project features process to improve fibre processing and address regional fibre availability issues

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz have set their wedding date for February, hoping that more COVID-19 restrictions will have lifted. (The Macleans)
B.C. couples ‘gambling’ on whether COVID rules will let them dance at their wedding

Amy Kobelt and Tony Cruz pushed back their wedding in hopes of being able to celebrate it without the constraints of COVID-19

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Most Read