Gardening Magazine

Irritating Plant of the Month - the Tree Peony

By Ozhene @papaver

This month's irritating plant has annoyed me for a few years. In a change from how these posts usually go with it turning out to be my fault the plant is failing, I do not believe this is the case in this instance. I read up about it before planting and considered where it might be happy. I am fairly confident that it has been treated in the best way for it to thrive.

This month I present to you the tree peony that is in the front garden.

Irritating plant of the month - the Tree Peony

There it is, looking rather wet from recent rain, budding up well for spring.

Irritating plant of the month - the Tree Peony

Look, it has this beautiful fat bud getting ready to flower. Every year since planting (around five years ago I think), it buds up beautifully. I look at the bud, I admire the bud and wish the bud good wishes.

So what is annoying about that? It looks great, it looks full of promise and future delight I hear you say.

Let me explain: if all happens as in previous years there will be frosts and snow and the bud will fizzle away and I shall be left disappointed again. I am gearing myself up for this already. I wonder if I should make it a little fleecy hat, that might help prevent this?

So having tried to dodge the blame at the start of this now I wonder if it is my fault after all? I am not blaming the plant, it cannot help the weather. I am not blaming the weather, that happens......

..... goes to make fleecy peony hat.

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