Backyard Peonies Emerge - April 2022
One of the best features of our garden back in Elmhurst were our peonies. We had well-established and productive peony plants that produced a ton of blooms. When we moved to Downers, we inherited one, but it was planted back in the shade and never really did anything.
I planted a couple and transplanted a couple from some teardowns, but they were all clustered in the back with not a ton of sun exposure. Until last year. When I expanded the beds closer to our patio and moved three of them there and one to the front yard - IB2DWs area. I also planted a new white one - Duchesse de Nemours white. If you look at the photo in this post, it looks like I had FOUR peony plants in this area last year.
When I go to look at that spot, there's good news and bad news.
Good news first: I see some of those tell-tale red tips emerging from the soil. If you look closely at this photo below, you can spot them:
Now...the bad news: I only count three. See below for an annotated version of that same photo with the three peony starts in the circles:
This area gets a decent amount of sun, so I'm hoping that they will do better here and produce some blooms. If not, there's one more spot to think about: the south side of our house where I have the Disneyland roses planted.