A visual journal

New Shoots


It is always quite strange when bare rooted plants arrive in the depths of winter.

I ordered a small (very small) tree peony, which arrived in December – a couple of dry sticks and some fleshy roots.  Our soil was unworkable – so I stuck it in a raised bed in the veg garden … “for now” … as you do … and now its growing!

9 responses

  1. I think my soil is too light for a Tree Paeony, I lost one a while back. They are beautiful plants and I hope yours survives when you have to move it!

    February 17, 2009 at 7:33 pm

  2. That’s what worries me – moving it – perhaps I should just leave it in the “Kitchen Garden” 😉

    February 17, 2009 at 7:47 pm

  3. Wow, a tree Peony would be gorgeous! (I just now googled one and they ARE beautiful!) Good luck with it.

    February 17, 2009 at 8:23 pm

  4. I love the fingers of its hands reaching up to the light…I have one but it hasn’t bloomed in years…I wonder what I need to do to encourage it? Several time it bloomed just before a big spring rain and I put a big umbrella over it. I wanted the bloom to last longer~~ gail

    February 17, 2009 at 8:44 pm

  5. Joy

    Karen .. that is a beautiful picture of the peony tree .. I understand you are hesitant about replanting it else where .. what gorgeous muted colours the shoot has .. I’m sure it will be happy where ever you put it : )

    February 17, 2009 at 8:46 pm

  6. There’s just something so happy-making about seeing shoots of new growth on a plant. Yea for the advent of spring and green growing things!

    February 17, 2009 at 9:44 pm

  7. I hope it grows well for you Karen – it has already got off to a great start.

    February 17, 2009 at 10:12 pm

  8. Dobby

    I may have lost the one I had in Burton, but hopefully his little brother will survive. It does have some new growth, so fingers crossed!

    I think yours should stay where it is for the season. Would be such a shame to loose it now.

    February 18, 2009 at 12:14 am

  9. New shoots are pretty and this one is especially so. I hope it lives for you.

    February 19, 2009 at 3:53 am

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