June 03, 2012

Paeonia lactiflora "Heartbreaker"

The perils of herbaceous peonies

After the torrential downpour Toronto received two days ago (although much needed), it wasn't exactly a surprise to see this at a client's yard:


herbaceous peony damaged by wind and rain paul jung toronto organic ecological gardening services
Hoops didn't help with these peonies

I suspect this scene has been repeated across our fair city. The timing is awful, the the fat flower buds just about to open. 

Maybe a tree peony, Paeonia suffruticosa, or an Itoh hybrid is the way to go to avoid such carnage? Sure, they are expensive but all this sadness would had been avoided.

2 comments:

  1. Paul, It's a major investment, but you have to plant Itoh hybrids. Mine are untouched by the storm.

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  2. I agree, Barry, but it's a tough sell. Funny how some folks blow big bucks on a kitchen faucet but can't fathom paying $40 plus for a "stick in a pot", lol!

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