species peonies, and lilac tricks and tips
T HERE IS SO MUCH GOING ON it’s hard to know where to focus the eye, or the camera. And then I remembered: mid-May is when the indescribably beautiful, subtle “other” peonies bloom: the species peonies, real spring shade-garden treasures. So up the hill I went, up into one of the shrub borders above the house, to say hello to Molly the Witch, Paeonia mlokosewitschii. Besides gawking, here’s what else I’m up to, or thinking about being up to:
- Making lilacs last as cut flowers: Here’s the trick.
- Pruning lilacs as they bloom, or just afterward. Learn how.
- Brushing up my peas that don’t need staking or a trellis.
- It’s almost transplant time for warm-season crops, so I’d pondering this: what deep means to a tomato. (No, this is not my “woo-woo” stuff; deep as in a deep hole, silly.)
Now out to continue my incessant rounds of edging; plant the sweet potatoes that arrived (looking haggard) by mail yesterday; sow the first beans; mow…you get the idea. Heaven and hell, all wrapped into one aromatic, colorful bundle. Gardening in springtime. Whose idea was this?