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Old 04-12-2018, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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I kid you not. Last night they were about 6 inches out of the ground. Today I looked in my yard and saw what I thought were new plants ! What the heck is that?? Well it's the peonies all up and leafed out with some buds already. We had a couple really warm days and I watered everything very well. But now, it's getting cold again and will be 31 degrees at night. Should I cover the sweet things?
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Old 04-12-2018, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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Wow....you must have been stunned!

Since they have buds I'd cover them...just in case. We need a few more weeks here in NC to get rid of below 32 temps...
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Old 04-12-2018, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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An old girlfriend of mine had come to Vermont from New Jersey, and didn't know anything about plants when she arrived. Before I met her, she had befriended an old gentleman who was a bit mischievous. He instructed her on how to plant seeds in her little windowbox, and when they were just coming up he dug them out and substituted more mature plant sets. She was similarly astonished, while he just smiled and said that she must have a green thumb.

Edited to add... Your peonies must have been happy to see you.

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Old 04-12-2018, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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So, Harry, you think this is a hoax? My yard is gated and no one can get in. Absolutely no one. Ha Ha I think it's the plant food I got from the nursery and I just have really healthy peonies !!
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Old 04-12-2018, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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What fun! You could throw an old sheet over them. They'd probably survive okay, though.

I bought an old house on the Canadian border at one point in my life, and it was so wonderful to see what showed up the first spring I was there. That was my first experience with peonies. I just love them. Also had some old lilacs that were heavenly. Even though I love living in a warmer climate, I do miss some of the colder weather plants.
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Old 04-13-2018, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Default Peonies Grew 18 Inches in one night!

Gather your young children and pets and run ...before it's too late!
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