Seasonal Peony Rose Update

Peony patch covered in snow


We are in the midst of a cold winter and had snow in Guyra last Tuesday. My family  embraced the winter wonderland created, knowing the cold soil temperature is absolutely necessary  for the peony to grow and flower when the soil temperature warms up.  In fact, peony roses thrive in Alaska and I feel it is quite an amazing plant in this way.

When Paul and I head up to the patch now, it seems there is nothing there, everything is underground, however it is still important to maintain and fertilise during this period.

We will be doing small jobs like rock picking (rocks always seem to be there), raking debris off the beds, removing and burning debris amongst other things.  We have  rat problem up there at the moment and must check that the rabbit netting is still intact.