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Wed May 22, 2019, 02:57 PM

Sacrifices must be made

The gardener who lived in this house before me liked to go to the garden center and buy lots and lots of plants and decorative doodads, which she arranged in ways she found attractive without regard to the plantsí growing preferences. But even this habit canít really explain why I now have a peony inside a lilac bush under a magnolia tree.

The lilac hasnít bloomed, but the peony bravely put out two blossoms this spring and they are a particularly nice deep purple and very fragrant. I considered the logistics of levering the peony out of there, but decided to just cut the lilac down to the ground and mulch over it, giving the peony more light and air. Sacrifices must be made.

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spinbaby May 2019 OP
WhiteTara May 2019 #1
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WhiteTara May 2019 #3
flying_wahini May 2019 #4
hibbing May 2019 #5

Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Wed May 22, 2019, 03:09 PM

1. the roots of the magnolia must be swallowing

roots of both the peony and lilac. You might be able to move the peony this fall after the leaves have died back. Bye bye lilac.

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Response to WhiteTara (Reply #1)

Wed May 22, 2019, 03:51 PM

2. Probably not

The peony is just inside the drip line of the tree. With the lilac gone, it should be okay. Peonies hate to be moved and itís sitting in a tangle of roots. Iíll just give it a light feeding and leave it alone.

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Response to spinbaby (Reply #2)

Wed May 22, 2019, 04:25 PM

3. sacrifices must be made!

Happy gardening.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 08:28 AM

4. I've heard that peonies hate to be moved.

Seems a terrible shame to cut down the lilac but sometimes that happens.

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Response to spinbaby (Original post)

Mon May 27, 2019, 11:27 PM

5. I've moved two peonies

They seemed to handle it okay. I did go deep to dig out as much as I good in a big clump for each plant. I don't recall if they bloomed after moving, but they are now both huge.

Peace

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