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2014 Peony Update

Since I’ve already posted about hydrangeas and succulents this week, I figured why not keep the botany party going with a post about my beloved 2014 peony crop.

If you follow me on Instagram, which you totally should because it’s my favorite form of social media, you’ve already seen some of the gorgeous peonies being churned out this year. I even have a hashtag going so you can check out peonies from this year and last year. This is clearly a critical operation I’m running.

Last year I wrote a post all about growing peonies. So if you have specific peony growing questions, definitely check it out because I probably answered your question in the post or the comment section.

Today I thought I’d share an update and show you how things are going this year. If you are one of those people who hates flowers you should probably stop reading this post, and perhaps we should reevaluate our friendship.

pink peony

Well, let’s just say the peonies are doing very well this year. I don’t know if it was the super long, cold winter we had or what, but these things are becoming monsters.

Here’s what they looked like last year.

growing peonies

And here’s what they look like this year.

peony bushes

Here’s my oldest (I planted it almost 5 years, but it’s from one of my parents’ mature bushes) and largest peony bush last year. It was about 4 feet wide.

pink peony bush

And here it is this year.

It’s a whopping 6 feet wide this year! There are 20+ blooms on it in this photo and more are ready to open.

pink peony bush

The blooms definitely aren’t disappointing this year.

The oldest and largest peony bush produces medium and light pink blooms. I love it. And they smell SO GOOD.

light pink peony


pink peony bloom

This guy is from one of my other pink peony bushes. This particular bush tends to produce more vibrant pink blooms. It also has amazing smelling blooms.

pink peony

The fuchsia peonies decided to explode overnight.

I’m not going to lie– they aren’t my favorite. I don’t like the scent they emit, and I find the pink peonies to be prettier in general. But I still like them.

fuchsia peony

I planted this particular peony in the fall of 2012, so it only produced one bloom last spring. It surprised me because I thought it wasn’t going open (see the bloom here). It has a ton of buds on it so I can’t wait to see how they turn out this year. It was the last bush to bloom last year and it’s doing the same thing this year.

peony buds

I’m being more diligent about deadheading the peonies this year, and it’s paying off.

If you don’t know what deadheading is, it’s when you cut off a bloom that has run its course. By cutting it off, you encourage the other blooms on that stem to open because the plant is no longer trying to support the wilting flower.

how to deadhead peonies

Deadheading also promotes root growth.

deadheading peonies

See how the other blooms are starting to open because I cut off the dying bloom?
Pretty cool, no?

I’ll probably post one more update and share how the yet-to-bloom peony bush looked this year.

Read more about growing peonies here!

Do you have peonies in your garden?
How are they doing this year?

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  1. Your flowers are so beautiful! Your posted on IG have been making me so jealous too, because our bushes haven’t bloomed just yet. We have one very large bush, and it is covered in buds. I am dying for them the open! Cannot wait!

  2. I’m in Dayton, Ohio and I’m still waiting for mine to bloom. They are all buds! Can’t wait. 🙂

  3. So pretty ours will be ready in July and I can’t wait.

  4. They are really beautiful. I love looking at flowers, they make me smile. Haha. I also love hydrangeas & they smell amazing. Happy Friday & holiday weekend!

  5. I’ve always loved peonys but heard they attract ants. Is that true?

  6. Beautiful peonies! This is our first spring here and we’ve discovered two peony bushes. I’m totally in love with their big, blouse blooms! I’m thinking I may plant more. I love the pink you have. Thanks also for the dead-heading advice. I’ll get out there and do ours…just as soon as it stops raining. Again! 🙂

  7. I love them! Oh, they are beautiful!

  8. So beautiful! I planted my first peony bush last year and it actually bloomed! Mine are white and I totally regret not going pink like yours.

  9. I want to cut mine that have bloomed but the stem would be so short. There are others that are about to open up on the same stem….is it okay to cut them? I so want to bring them into my house!!

  10. Peonies are my absolute favorite. I’d love to grow them and love all your tips. Do you know if they will grow in Orlando, Florida.

  11. Love the update! The older post keeps popping up on Pinterest with people I follow! I took pictures of some of mine this year and put them on my blog. One problem I have, is that they are sooooo old (mature) that they are showing signs of disease…so I’m not sure if I should just spray them and leave the foliage, or cut it all down and THEN spray whats left of the stems. We moved into the house last year, and because it was empty for quite some time while it was being “flipped” the peonies went unattended and all the previous years’ dead foliage was left to overwinter…which brought on the disease. http://somethingsmellscrafty.blogspot.com/2014/06/life-in-bloom.html

  12. I hope you don’t mind but I copied one of the photos of your peonies for my desktop wallpaper on my new computer. They are my most favorite flower and yours are so lovely.
    We can’t grow them in Texas so twice a year I buy big bunches!
    Mary r
    Houston TX

    PS love your website. My kitchen looks a lot like yours used to! Did you paint your cabinets or replace them? I think we need to find out if our neighborhood is a granite neighborhood or Formica! ? We have so much to do, but our home is almost paid for (yeah!!!!) and needs some updating! My husband will have to be prepared!

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