Peonies Blooming

I know I owe you several updates about our flowers blooming here in in the Shenandoah Valley, so let’s start with the peonies! I’m actually cutting them and enjoying them in the house in the year. The reasons are twofold — 1) the blooms suffer in the heat and sudden downpours and 2) the flowers set seed instead of working on growing if left uncut.

I need to add some darker and scented varieties. The big fluffy pinks have almost no scent, while the whites are heavily perfumed.

What’s your favorite peony and why?

peony bouquet

peony bouquet

peony bouquet

peony bouquet

peony collection

peony collection

*** This site is comprised solely of the opinions of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She works to promote gardening and tourism in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.***

2 comments to Peonies Blooming

  • Athanasia

    Beautiful. Our peonies are still just buds, fortunately, as we just had three days of rain and wind.

    • They really are pretty, and I haven’t given them much care. As I give them more love, I hope they give me more blooms! I’m at a pretty high elevation, and I’m cutting daily, so every time I pull off a flower, the plant sends its energy to the next buds. I swear it’s speeding up the bloom. A couple of the plants are mostly in the shade, though, and they are still just buds, so I should have at least another week! Enjoy your blooms! Thanks for stopping by!

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