Diva Musing: Peonies…

I love Peonies. I want to grow some.  So I thought I’d look up some fun faces to help me with this endeavor.  I found a little ditty from country living mag. to entice me even further.  https://www.countryliving.com/gardening/g2399/12-peony-facts/?utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=socialflowFBCLG&utm_source=facebook&slide=12  

Let me know if anyone out there has tips for growing in the growing zone for Southeastern Kentucky.  

12 Facts Every Peony Enthusiast Needs to Know
  • They can grow to be VERY big.
  • Peonies can grow to be 10 inches depending on the variety.
  • The flower holds a lot of tradition.
  • Peonies are the floral symbol of China, the state flower of Indiana, and the 12th wedding anniversary flower.
  • You should have peonies in your wedding bouquet because…
  • …they are regarded as a symbol of good fortune and a happy marriage.
  • Peonies love potassium.
  • Potassium is essential for stem strength and to resist disease.
  • Once you plant a peony plant…
  • …they can live to be one hundred years old!
  • Peonies come in many shades.
  • The peony comes in every color except blue.
  • They tend to attract…
  • …ANTS. Ants are attracted to peonies because of the nectar that forms on the outside of the flower buds.
  • “Roses as big as cabbages.”
  • Is how the explorer Marco Polo described peonies when he saw them for the first time.
  • They were once thought to have medicinal purposes.
  • In ancient times peonies were believed to relieve headaches and help with asthma.
  • Celebrities can’t get enough of them.
  • Just to name a few: Hillary DuffDrew BarrymoreGwyneth Paltrow.
  • They natively grow in..
  • …Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America.
  • And if you want to win over the affection of a Country Living editor…
  • …you just need to send us a bouquet

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