Saturday, February 1, 2014

2014 Tree & Herbaceous Peonies in the Snow

Wow! This is a rare year for us. It snowed 4 days ago, and the snow is still here. We got about 3-4 inches of snow! Usually we have either no snow or only an inch that melts away by the very next day if not the same day. The weatherman was actually pretty accurate about the snow totals this time (just not the timing). The snow came about 6 hours later than they originally predicted - which caused some unnecessary school closings. My daughter was out of school Tuesday - Friday! We had lots of fun in the snow - going for a walk, sledding, and making snow angels.

Snow Forecast for NC

While I was out there I snapped a few pictures of my peonies in the snow. We got so much snow this time, the peony signs that stick up out of the ground were almost completely covered! Since the herbaceous peonies were buried, I took a few pictures of the tree and intersectional peonies in the snow since these are the only ones visible above the snow line. I know the snow is good for the herbaceous peonies since their buds are below ground and they need the chilling hours, but I'm not so sure how much the intersectional and tree peony buds appreciate the snow. I guess we'll find out in the spring. All of the tree peony buds are above ground and several of the intersectional buds are too, since I don't trim my intersectional peonies all the way back to the ground. :-)

Tree Peony 'Fragrant Jade' in Snow

Tree Peony 'Li Yuan Chun' in Snow

Intersectional Peony 'Bartzella' in Snow

1 comment:

  1. One thing amazing about these tree peonies is that they appear to be completely bullet proof even in a pot laying above ground even when it gets below 0F here in zone 6. Unlike most years, mine still haven't really shown anything just yet which is better since we still have a couple weeks of extreme cold.