How To’s for Peonies

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Peonies are attractive, fragrant perennials with lush foliage and large, vibrant blooms. The easy-to-grow herbaceous plants require little maintenance when established. The tuberous roots are left in the soil during the winter months unlike other bulbs that are dug up and stored indoors. The showy blooms liven up the landscape or container garden for many…


How to Stake a Peony Bush

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The bushy foliage and tall stems of a peony reach up to 3 feet tall. The flowers bloom in early summer, producing large blossoms on slender, delicate stems that are prone to breakage or falling over. This is especially true when rain and moisture make the flowers heavy. Staking the plants helps support the weak…


Ants on Peony Flowers

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In general, ants serve only as annoying pests that are an inevitable presence in your home and garden during the spring and summer. However, some gardeners who grow peony flowers welcome the arrival of ants in spring, since an old wives’ tale dictates that the flowers will not bloom without help from the ants. Wives’…


If You Cut the Flower Off a Hyacinth Will it Rebloom?

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Made famous by Dutch breeders, but native to lands to the east of the Mediterranean Sea, the hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) announces winter’s end with intensely sweet, fragrant flowers. The hyacinth grows from an underground bulb, just like a tulip or daffodil. Only one flower stem develops in each hyacinth bulb, so once that flower stem…


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