Update in the Peony Patch

Peony Patch

 

 We have been working hard in the peony patch.  Weed control is constant during Summer and Autumn.  The soil is extremely fertile and with our wonderful rainy weather during this time the peony plants have thrived, as have the weeds!  The plants have been cut back to just above the ground, the surrounding area has been mown and some peony tubulars have been divided and re-planted.  Luckily an excavator driver is there to help us dig the holes for transplanting and pop the peony tubulars to be divided. Peony tubulars are quite brittle, so it is a slow process.  We divide the tubulars into 8 inch pieces with a miniumum of two eyes.  When transplanting the tubulars the eyes must be close to the ground surface facing up.  Holes must be refilled where plants were dug up and any uneven ground is filled in as well.  The last thing you need when picking peonies is twisting an ankle.  Now is the perfect time to handle any maintenance issues and trimming the photinia hedge on the western side, which was planted as a wind break, is one of those jobs on the to do list.  A random rabbit means there is the odd burrow, so these are broken down to prevent  tunnels becoming bigger and ruining the tubulars.

Although the patch is looking bare at the moment, I am patiently waiting for them to pop up in a few months time.  I enjoy the nurture and love I put into the patch, they are my babies!!

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Have a lovely day.

Chris x

 

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