The Problem: Peonies love sun and well-drained soil, and about half of the three-year-old peony bed was now in the shade of a thriving Kentucky Coffee tree at the south end of the bed. As well, irrigation for a new rhododendron and azalea bed adjacent to the peony garden had increased the moisture levels to both. Wet plus shade equals mildew.
The Solution: BRG Head Gardener, Para Kanp, outlined a plan of action to rejuvenate the entire Peony Garden: Remove the mulch and all the plants, modify the shape of the bed away from the Kentucky Coffee tree and extend towards the Rose Garden, add more soil to raise the bed above the surrounding lawn and improve drainage, then replant the peonies and relocate shrubs to other beds.
|Volunteer David Culham Digging Peonies|
|Cutting Back Peonies before Transplanting|
|Volunteer Terry Butt Helping rebuild Peony Bed|
|Terry and Para Leveling Raised Peony Bed|
|New Border Peony Garden Outlined in Landscape Paint|
|Extending the Garden Bed|
|Para Kanp (foreground) Leveling New Bed|
|Revamped Peony Garden|
A large, healthy iris that came from the garden center with the original peony plants has thrived at the south end of the bed; It's now in the center of the revitalized peony garden.
The bulk of the work (machinery, trucks) took place over two intensive days; The finishing touches (mulch, irrigation, hand-checking depths) took place over several weeks.
Everyone involved in this project, as well as many from the surrounding community, look forward to this popular part of the garden providing a great display next June.
Related Peony Posts: See Yellow Peony post and Peonies in Bloom.
Vandalism Peonies January 2012:
|Burned Burlap Fencing BRG|
To alert the community to watch for future vandalism, David Culham spoke to the Mississauga News (see story):
'[We] know police can't protect the garden at night, so we hope locals will keep their eyes peeled and report anything suspicious,' he told the News.