Thursday, May 24, 2012
Tree Peony A-Bloomin'
After almost an entire week of rain I go outside to find my tree peony is a-bloomin'! Well, don't you know, I was thrilled.
But I wasn't the only one. Bees were buzzing all over the flowers.
They were so busy buzzing about from flower to flower that they didn't even care that I was taking their photos.
Look at the size of those beauties! And I don't even feed them.
I will be doing an experiment with a clipping or two from this plant. I intend to graft a bit of this tree peony onto the rootstock of an herbaceous peony.
Why would I try such a Frankenstein monster sort of thing? Because the lady down at the Dime Bank--Hello, Jackie!--asked me if there was a way to propagate tree peonies. Well, I must say she caught me by surprise. I had never tried and didn't even know if it was possible, but that didn't stop me from looking for the answer.
I did find an answer and after dismissing it as improbable I asked my more adventurous garden buddies for their opinions. Raymond-Bonsai/Grafting-Master--Kukkee told me there has to be a way, we just have to find it and Mike L. Williams aka MJ Logan of Monday's Muse and Saturday's Sunshine gave me complicated, confusing and ultimately great directions which I plan to follow.
By gosh-by golly! I'm gonna propagate me some tree peonies...after they stop a-bloomin' of course.