This is a public peony service announcement. This is not a test. The following information is meant to help keep the peony population at large safe from well meaning gardeners, non-gardeners and new home-owners.
This is what a peony plant looks like in early spring:
In the event that you might see such growth in your yard, please refrain from breaking, crushing or, most importantly, weeding them. These will grow into this year’s peonies’ flower stalks.
Also, do not feel bad for last year’s flower stalks either. They are suppose to be brown and dried up and it is okay to cut those down, as long as you take precautions against damaging this year’s stalk.
This concludes our public peony service announcement. We now return you to your regularly scheduled garden blog.