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Guest Post by Bill Ferrell on 'My Favorite Plant'


As I go out in my backyard my attention goes directly to my Peony ‘Singing in the Rain’.  This is an Itoh hybrid of garden and tree peonies.  Growing now for five years it is covered in peach colored blossoms each spring that age to salmon and yellow tones.  This peony grows to 2-2 ½ ‘ tall and wide and dies back to the ground each winter.  I clean up all the spent leaves each winter and anticipate the new growth each spring.  I have planted this in the center of a bed I began as a lasagna garden so it has plenty of soil mixed with leaf and organic matter.  I add a grow thru ring to support the many blooms knowing the first spring rains are hard on the blooms.  I chose this peony because of its unusual color flower and with its deep green foliage it is just a show stopper when in bloom. 


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