Gardening: My little peonies
Breeders have crossed the hardy herbacious peony with its flowery cousin
Who could imagine snipping off the burgeoning buds of peony flowers and using them as projectiles for a slingshot? Its hard to fathom cutting those tight petal-packed globes just before they reveal their luxuriant blooms, but that is exactly what Roger Anderson did as a boy growing up in Wisconsin. In fact, back then he thought that was all peonies were good for. Fast-forward a couple of decades – his grandmother’s love of peonies has rubbed off on him and Anderson has become one of the most successful breeders of intersectional or Itoh peonies, the new – much hyped – kids on the peony block.
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