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Hi Guys,

I am new to the site but have a question regarding my Peony Bush. Its a Bowl of Beauty specifically and is about three years old. The last couple of years its flowered well and has been beautiful., but this year it doesn't seem to be coming back as strong as before.

She's much smaller and the leaves have a nearly reddish tinge on the end. Am I in trouble here or is she just behind because of the rough spring we've had in Ireland?


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,275

    Hi Greg. I think you have summed it up really regarding your poor Spring. Paeonies are very tough and will live for many years. Try giving it a feed and mulch it in the Autumn

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Thank you Ladybird, appreciate the reassurance.

    I was getting a bit antsy looking at it :)

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,275

    No problem. image

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,824

    I bought a Bowl of Beauty two years ago, but it turned out to be Jan van Leeuwen, not what I wanted, but very pretty.  I bought another Bowl of Beauty this year, and got one flower, but it didn't quite look like the BoB's I have seen everywhere else.  The central creamy bit wasn't as prominent and fluffy.  Does this look like BoB, or do you think it's something else?


  • I can't take a picture of mine to compare at the moment since its on hiatus :)

    The leaves look a little different though, but I'm far from an expert

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    it sounds like its lacking iron. In the early part of Autumn give it a feed of bonemeal. And in early spring..

    The most important thing about the multch.Make sure its a dry one .

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,252

    Definitely not the Bowl of Beauty we have.

    And make sure if you mulch the Paeony that you do not bury the crown more than an inch or it will probably not flower. The crown bud needs cold ripening to initiate flower development. They do like a good feed so a good dose of high Potash feed about now would do no harm.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,358

    I agree with Berghill - I don't think it's B of B either. Stamens aren't a big enough clump. They should fill about two thirds of the flower - a bit like a cup almost filled with cream. image

    They look a bit too yellow as well, though that could be the photo. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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