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PEONIES

Today when I walked around our gardens, I saw a number of peonies in various gardens.  BUT, only Drucilla’s had a cage (support) in place.

This is the time to get your peonies supported.

The flower stems which are already forming, are LONG and HEAVY!  They need support, or the first rain will have them lying on the ground.  Then the flowers are so heavy, they never recover to rise again.

If you are unsure of what a support looks like, IMG_6291you can use a tomato cage, or other means of holding those branches up.  Here’s a photo of Drucilla’s peony.

By putting the supports on now, you won’t break the branches.  It allows the plant to grow into and around the cage.  This way you will hardly even be aware that the cage is there.

If you wait until it is larger, you risk breaking the flowering stems or the branches, plus it looks “forced”.

Here is a website I found which gives additional information for peonies in Washington State.  You might find something particularly interesting here.

While I was cruising around, I found Jane doing a little gardening!  Talk about throwing yourself into the task at hand!  GO JANE!IMG_6290

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Last week the Garden Committee here at Horizon House had a “field trip” to IMG_6235Swanson’s Nursery to fulfill our GEM Grant.  The gardeners were awarded a bit of “flower candy” as I call it, for the inconvenience they suffered during the renovations to our West Wing.  IMG_6230Not everyone was able to go, but those who did had a good time browsing, buying, eating and

learning.

The Horizon House bus was packed to the gills with plant material.

Not all of it was able to be in the back, so was to be found all over the bus, along with some happy gardeners!

Once we got home, the staff helped us by putting plant materials on the proper decks IMG_6246for the gardeners to plant.

What followed was the planting itself.  Talk about busy bees…  The gardens are now getting full and attractive.  IMG_6249Here’s one I planted.  Now I’ll stand back and watch the magic!

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We have been waiting patiently (a relative term) for the trees to be planted in our central planters…  Well, yesterday, they were planted.  I took some photos showing the finished product.  On the C level garden central planters, IMG_6182white, single stem, Crepe Myrtles are now adorning the scene.  On the level D central planters, there are Japanese Maples at each end, and pink, IMG_6189single stem, Crepe Myrtles looking mighty good!

I also took some photos of the planting surfaces, in the central planters themselves.  I did that because quite a few gardeners were concerned that their plants and bulbs would be disturbed.  I think you can see that they were very mindful of our worries.  I feel it all looks wonderful, and I’m so anxious to see it in a few weeks, and better yet, next year!

Do go down and take a look!

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