Myths about peonies

It has been said that an established peony plant will not survive transplantation.  I remember that there were three or four red peonies in the garden of my childhood home.  One of them was not where Mum wanted it. She dug it up and gave it away several times; part of the tubers remained in the ground and it came up again.  As far as I know the donated peonies thrived.


I also remember a set of postage stamps from China with all sorts of peonies depicted on them.  I imagined they were a native flower, but a quick look in a dictionary of garden flowers indicated that they come from various parts of Asia not only from China.

Peony flowers
Peony flowers

The ones in my pictures have been transplanted successfully.  A neighbour was throwing plants out, but hubby rescued them.  These pictures were taken at the beginning of the month.  The first one was too late in the evening and the petals had closed for the night.

It is not a myth that an alternative spelling is paeony.  (Useful in Scrabble, perhaps.)

The flowering plants in the background are an unusual true geranium (cranesbill).  Pelargoniums are often know as geraniums, but they are completely different.  When I showed a friend around our garden and pointed out our geraniums, her surprise was obvious.  Most people think of pelargoniums, when they hear the name geranium.  One thing both have in common is a distinctive smell!

Can you guess which of these photos was taken the other way up?




One thought on “Myths about peonies

  1. Yes, I have heard peonies don’t transplant and yes, I also proved that wrong! When we had to dig up a plant suffering from honeyfungus, a large peony was disturbed and it fell into at least 2 bits. I re-planted the main bit and planted the smaller piece in another part of the flowerbed, to see if it would take. It took well, both flowered the next year, and they have both continued happily. Also yes, we have both pelagoniums and true geraniums! The wild ones smell pretty unpleasant don’t they! And I Have known my cultivated ones go native and resume the weird scent.

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