Peonies forum: Protecting Peonies from Rain

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Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
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fwmosher
Feb 8, 2018 12:45 PM CST
I have Peonies everywhere, but I have one particular Peony bed, where they are quite close together. I made a frame at each end of the bed, and stretched weighted plastic over it. When they are in bloom, and there is a prediction for heavy rain, I merely stretch the plastic film over the bed.

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Feb 8, 2018 1:24 PM CST
what a neat idea. I suspect, however, that some of our members would need many yards of poly to cover their extensive beds. I used to have pretty parasols that were purchased from Crickett Hill. Very expensive and now they do not ship to Alaska anymore. But I couldn't afford to buy one @ $99 each for all my peonies. lol
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Feb 9, 2018 7:56 AM CST
That's a good idea, Frank!

What month do your Peonies start blooming up there?
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Feb 9, 2018 9:46 AM CST
That's what I need to do for my tree peonies that are sensitive to both sunlight and rain. Hopefully this shade will help the flowers to last longer.
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Birds Roses Clematis Lilies Peonies
Region: Canadian Photo Contest Winner: 2017 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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fwmosher
Feb 9, 2018 10:49 AM CST
Mieko2, it has been so long since I've seen anything bloom (LOL). Except for a couple of tropicals in the basement under lights. I can't remember, but I think they start in July, depending upon the amount of sunshine they receive in their various locations. I have quite a few of them, "normals" and "trees". Just luv them all. Cheers.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Feb 9, 2018 1:39 PM CST
Hi Frank,

So even though you are zone 6a, the Peonies don't start blooming until July ! Fascinating! This winter has been a hard one for most of us in North America! Hang in there!

LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: oscar
beamsville Ontario canada (Zone 6a)
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ol434445
Feb 9, 2018 3:58 PM CST
July is late for tree peonies my are done by June.
Name: oscar
beamsville Ontario canada (Zone 6a)
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ol434445
Feb 9, 2018 6:21 PM CST
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Feb 9, 2018 7:39 PM CST
And mine bloom around the 22nd of June and last a week or so.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Feb 10, 2018 6:46 AM CST
Last year I had Tree Peonies blooming April 9 here in Middle Tennessee. Lovey dubby
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.

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