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Is anyone else having a heart attack over this weather?

Marshalls Creek, PA(Zone 6b)

I am sitting on a couple hundred dollars of peonies and bulbs that still need to be planted and it has
been snowing, raining and very cold the past week. Now I'm scared to death that winter is coming
really early this year and either I won't get them planted or they will not have enough time to settle in.

Any advise? is anyone else in the same position?

(Warren)Lisbon Falls, ME(Zone 5a)

I'm still planting also here...Your Peonies should do fine if you plant them now. I continue on until the ground freezes. As long as the soil has a chance to settle in around them you'll do fine.
It is wicked cold here or seems it until I got my baseboard heat reconnected, lol. If it's any help to you I keep Peonies in pots through out the winter and they do fine. I lay them on their sides to keep the snow/ice and wet off them. Some I have covered and others I just didn't get to em in time and seem to have the same result. If you keep them in pots don't forget to bait for critters(remember to pet proof the bait).
Warren

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

Warren, I forgot to tell you that I got my peonies I ordered from you (quite some time ago) and they were really nice. :) They are all planted in their new beds happy and well, ready to go for next spring. :)

Ifound4U, don't worry about your peonies. It will straighten up in a few days. It's been nasty cold here and we got snow a couple weekends ago, and it's gone now. I've been known to pot my peonies up and dig a trench in the veggie garden and set the pot in there for the winter. I'll probably be doing that with a lot of perennials this fall.

Diann

(Warren)Lisbon Falls, ME(Zone 5a)

Hello Diann, good to hear.
I was thinking about mentioning putting the roots in an area(even if not their final spot) for the winter. You can dig them back up next Spring and plant them where you want. I've been know to do this when things get ahead of me.
Warren

Marshalls Creek, PA(Zone 6b)

well this afternoon it stopped snowing & raining and warmed up a bit still cold not used to working
in the garden wearing a winter coat, lol.

I at least got the new peony bed tilled and started removing the rocks and grass hopefully tomorrow
will be even nicer than this afternoon and I can finish that up.

Is there anything I need or should amend the soil with prior to planting the peonies.
Our soil I am sure in on the acidic side as it is in front of 2 rows of pine trees the land
we live on used to be a Christmas Tree Farm.

I have such a hectic week and I have to get this done as well so long as weather permits.

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

That's why I like to pot them first if I can't get them into the ground in the fall when I get them for some reason. That way when I move them to their final spot the dirt ball pretty much stays intact and you don't lose those fine feeder hairs as much. I will usually just leave them in their pots till the next fall or at least till the hot part of the summer is over.

Diann

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

ifound4u, don't let this stress you out (easier said than done, I know), but we have a lot of time left before the ground freezes hard for the winter. Heck, I'm still waiting on lily bulbs to arrive and then I'll be out trying to find spots for them. And I still have about four peonies coming in the mail.... :) LOL

Diann

Marshalls Creek, PA(Zone 6b)

I just realized I am still waiting to receive 4 different Ech's, Brunnera (Jack Frost), Heuchera Georgia Peach,
Bergenia (Lunar glow & Solar Flare)3 different Agastache's, & Lobela.
I have a list but don't remember when they are supposed to be coming,
OMG this place is addicting!

Salem, IL(Zone 5b)

There was a tidbit in the APS June 2009 bulletin about potting peonies. Take a thin
Wal-Mart type plastic bag, cut a few small drain holes in the bottom, place it in the
pot and plant your peony in the bag. Leave the handles where you can grasp them
later. When it comes time to permanently plant the peony, lift the bag containing the
complete root ball and set it into the new hole. Use the handles to raise and lower
the root ball until you get the correct depth. When it is right, slit two sides of the bag
and pull it out from around and under the root ball. This is supposed to cause the
least damage to the roots and makes the transfer easy. This system would probably
work well with any plant especially roses or other plants likely to be transferred.

Marshalls Creek, PA(Zone 6b)

Wow, pretty nifty idea!

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

Thanks OGR, that sounds like a pretty nifty way of planting a potted peony. :)

(Warren)Lisbon Falls, ME(Zone 5a)

I love reading your posts OldGardenRose. You always have great ideas.

Marshalls Creek, PA(Zone 6b)

Well, I am feeling so much better today this afternoon I got the new peony bed tilled, rocks and grass picked.
I planted all 9 peonies and 10 Hot lava Echinacea then it got dark. Tomorrow is supposed to be a really nice day.
I am planning on spending the afternoon planting bulbs, if I get done I will be thrilled and then can mulch of Wednesday.


(Zone 5b)

I just got my Tree Peonies today (my first)
including 3 gift herbaceous peonies,
plus I have spring bulbs coming from a DG co-op,
... AND...
I have some Tall Bearded Iris to plant and transplant
so you're not alone! ;o)
I plant bare root roses well into November.
Instead of heeling in I would plant your stuff now if you have the time,
then they will be all set and take off growing come spring.
Happy Fall Planting!

This message was edited Oct 22, 2009 10:54 AM

Greenwood, IN(Zone 5b)

The only thing more fun to me than fall planting season and having all the wonderful things arrive to plant is the following spring/summer when all of it blooms!

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