A windblown end to the peonies

Our beautiful white peonies with flecks of magenta − “festiva maxima” − grew quickly this year.

festiva maxima peony in bloom

They were nearly as tall as I am, but before we could get a picture to compare, we’ve had storm after storm for days. Lots of rain, rain, and more rain − but the wind really took its toll.

rain-soaked peonies

This was the first year we had planned ahead and set up a support cage, which worked well until the weekend. Now, all of the stems except one are bent at the top of the cage. Next year, we’ll need to find a taller one.

wind-blown peonies bent to the ground

Plant source: They came with the house

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