My mother had the most beautiful peonies in her back yard and since she died and the house has been rented I can no longer get at it to cut the beautiful blossoms. I longingly look at the beautiful peonies in the florist's displays and wish I had bushes of my own to cut from. But many years ago I tried to grow some with no success at all.
So last week when I saw an expert on the Martha Stewart Show talking about peonies and how to grow them successfully, I was all ears. I listened intently, making mental notes about how deep they should be planted and how much sun they should get, and I vowed that this year I would plant them again -and hopefully have better luck. I ordered some online and now I'm waiting for them to arrive. But after spending all that money, I had a horrid thought: Do the deer love peonies? I imagine they do since they seem to eat everything nice that I plant anymore so now I realize that my peonies are doomed. I'm going to try to find a place close to the house so they may be a little protected, but I've a feeling of dread in the pit of my stomach. What will I do?
I have 6 peony bushes arriving soon but I think it will be an exercise in frustration. I will probably find myself running out into the back yard yelling at the deer like a maniac, just as my mother used to do. Oh well! It is a lovely fantasy!