Look up The peony or peony online and it is:
“A flowering plant in the genus Paeonia, the only genus in the family Paeoniaceae.“.
Ok that’s great but not really what I wanted to know so after some research this is some of the most interesting information I learned. Oh. and I added some images of my flowers too.
Peonies are said to symbolize a happy life and a happy marriage. Peonies are native to Asia, Europe and Western North America.
Marco Polo described peony blossoms as “roses as big as cabbages”.
Peonies rarely bloom the first year after planting. It often takes three years before you see an abundant display of flowers. But once the plants do start blooming, you can look forward to a lifetime of beautiful flowers. Peony plants rarely need dividing. If a clump becomes too large for a given space, or you wish to share some of the plant with a friend, fall is the ideal time for dividing.
Scientists differ on the number of species, ranging from 25 to 40, although the current consensus is 33 known species.
I remember asking my Mom “Why Are There Ants! on all the Peonies?“
Many people wonder why so many ants crawl on the peony buds. Don’t worry! They are just eating the peony’s nectar in exchange for attacking bud-eating pests. They are attracted to the sugary droplets on the outside of flower buds or to the honeydew produced by scale insects and aphids. Never spray the ants; they’re helping you by keeping your peonies safe!
Peonies bloom for 100 years or more, but the glory of peony blooms lasts just a week to 10 days in your garden. To extend the time that you can enjoy the season of peony blooms in your garden, plant varieties that bloom at different times within the roughly 6-week period of peony
Many nurseries offer early, midseason, and late blooming varieties, making it possible for you to stretch out the peony season over many weeks and enjoy those lovely blooms for as long as possible!
For me I always only feel it’s going to really be spring when they bloom!
You can also cut and store peony buds and get them to bloom in a vase long after the blooming season is over!
Peonies like full sun, and though they can manage with half a day, they bloom best in a sunny spot that gets 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day. Provide shelter from strong winds, as peonies' large blooms can make them top heavy.
It may be thought that the peony is a difficult plant to grow, but it's unrivalled in the garden when in flower and is an excellent low maintenance plant, perfect for beginners and experienced gardeners alike
Peonies flower with Roses and Clematis and are lovely with many other perennials
How to Cut Peonies for Bouquets
Timing is key. Buds should be at the “soft marshmallow” stage, meaning if you squeeze an unopened bud, it should feel about as firm as a soft marshmallow. Another way to tell when to cut is to look at the coloring on the buds. Most of the outside of the bud should be green, but you should be able to see about 1/2 inch of colorful petals peeking through. Cutting at this stage reduces the chance of bringing ants inside with the flowers, but it’s still wise to check the flowers before taking them into the house. Place stems in a vase of water and allow plants to open. Change the water every few days, and add Miracle-Gro for Fresh Cut Flowers so the blooms will last longer (vs. water only).
Peonies make wonderful cut flowers, lasting more than a week in a vase. For best results, cut long stems in the morning when the buds are still fairly tight.
You can wrap freshly cut peony stems in damp paper towel and put them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them. When removing the peonies from the refrigerator give the stems a fresh cut and place them in lukewarm water to wake them up.
What are tree peonies?
Although tree peonies are related to regular (herbaceous) peonies, they are much larger, reaching up to 6 feet. Their form is actually more like a shrub than a tree. In colder zones, they will not grow as tall — 3 or 4 feet is typical. Plants bloom just before the regular peonies; flowers are equally fragrant.
When the peonies wilt, I deadhead them. Deadheading is when you cut off a bloom that has run its course. By cutting it off, you encourage the other blooms on that stem to open because the plant is no longer trying to support the wilting flower. Deadheading isn’t necessary, but it promotes root growth.