Seasonal Peony Rose Update
Guyra Peony Rose Farm Winter Update and a Little Bit More Information About Our Beautiful Town.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Guyra, it is a small, regional town located in the Northern Tablelands of the Great Dividing Range in Northern New South Wales. It has a population of about 2000 people and an elevation of 1330m, and is surround by beautiful National Parks including Cathedral Rock, Guyra Fawkes River and the world-heritage- listed New England National Parks.
We experience cold winters similar to Thredbo in NSW and Mt Buller in Victoria. I have lived in Guyra for about 8 years, and enjoy the four seasons that it has to offer. The summer are mild and low humidity, while Autumn see the leaves change from green to spectacular shades of orange. Spring bulbs pop their heads up in September while winter time means shortened days and rugging to stay warm.
Anyway, we are in the midst of a cold winter and had a snowfall in Guyra last Tuesday at our peony rose farm. My family embraced the winter wonderland created, not only have fun making snowballs but enjoying the moisture that snow adds to the soil, particularly if it has been dry.
Peony tubulars only grow where soil temperature reach below 0 degrees for an extended period of time. Knowing the cold soil temperature is absolutely necessary for peony growth above ground during Spring and Summer and below ground during Winter and Autumn when the soil temperature warms up is essential. 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 peony 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 problems up there at the moment and must check that the rabbit netting is still intact.
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