Autumn flower farm preparations – Peonies

Peonies are stunning. But I have never grown a peony before and when my bare root peonies arrived I was a bit unsure as to what to do with them! (And which way up the go into the ground!)

The correct way up!

I bought six bare root plants from Kelways in Langport, Somerset. They arrived looking fantastic but during a particularly wet weather week! I took a quick break from the rain on a Sunday afternoon to pop them in the ground. Although I was a bit apprehensive as the ground can become waterlogged at times.

I dug a hole and filled the bottom with a mix of stone and horse manure compost before planting the in the roots with more compost up to the first pink bud. I gave a little feed and water (but not too much as the rain was due on the following Monday!) These peonies may not come into their full breadth of flowering for a year or so but I see them as a good investment for the flower farm.

The first pink bud of ‘Inspecteur Lavergne’

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