This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 Excerpt: ...such conditions is really asking too much of them. Peonies do well in full sun, in light shade, or in a position where they are shaded a part of each day. If sheltered from the wind by shrubs, hedges, walls or buildings at a short distance it will be a distinct advantage. Such a protection is especially valuable in the case of the single varieties, the blooms of which are somewhat fragile. Peonies are indeed " gross-feeders." To put forth strong stems, heavy foliage and masses of large flowers all within ten or twelve weeks, it is only natural that they must have food and drink in abundance. Peonies thrive best in a rich, heavy loam. A clay loam which has been made friable or a good vegetable garden soil makes an excellent soil for them. Rows of peonies along the path edges give a finish to the garden and furnish quantities of flowers for cutting from a place where they can best be spared. The person who has only a few peonies can put them in the flower border. If small roots are thus placed, they should not be crowded or shaded by other plants, as this causes the leaves to shrivel or wither and retards the development of the root buds for the following year. Large, strong clumps, or the smaller roots planted in groups are not so apt to meet with this misfortune. As the foliage of the peony is admirable in itself, plenty of space for the plant can be left without injuring the appearance of the border. How To Prepare The Soil The peony probably asks less of its owner in the way of care than any other perennial except the iris. One often reads in catalogues the statement in reference to the peony that " once planted all is done," and if the word "properly" is inserted between " once " and " planted " this may ...
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