Every two or three years, it seems, we have an awful heatwave in late May or early June that wreaks total havoc on my peonies. They hate heat and humidity almost as much as they hate thunderstorms.
Outside, mine are lasting just a day or two, then drooping into a puddle of petals on the ground.
This was the first bloom on my plants, just after Memorial Day.
I even got blooms on this plant that I moved last fall. (I’ll do another post on moving peonies…)
And one from Sunday morning, just before I rescued it and brought it inside for a vase.
I’ve been picking mine as early as I can these past few days and bringing them indoors. Here are a couple of shots from last spring, which in hindsight must have been a good year for peonies.
And tree peonies I shot last month at Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pocantico Hills. Tree peonies bloom a few weeks earlier than the herbacious ones, usually well before the first big heatwave hits us.
The tree peonies here are truly amazing. Be sure to pay them a visit next year â€” the second or third weeks of May are usually best.