We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our friend Francis posted a photo of his wife's charming country garden (they also have a charming city garden). Along that garden path she has a wall of peonies and a row of nepeta. I wonder what they have for summer bloom.
I guess his photo gives me a little peony envy. We could use some peonies, but I don't know where I would put them.
When I see "country gardens," I think of Allan Sherman's Here's to the Crabgrass. I am also reminded of my parents taking iris bulbs from my grandparents' garden to plant at our house, a thousand miles away.
My 4 year old Peony in a large pot had beautiful green growth coming up from beneath the dark soil--then, just at the right moment the night time temperature dropped to 32+ and I have not seen anything living in that pot since ! No hope of recovery for this season.
Anyone have any insights as to how to manage peonies in the late winter/early spring?