Harvest Monday, May 15, 2017 – Tree Peonies

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This past week, up until Thursday, the night time temperature was in the 30’s°F, but for Friday, the night time temperature was predicted to be in the 40’s°F plus it was a beautiful gardening day, high 60’s°F. Rain was in the forecast for Saturday and I wanted to take advantage, so marathoned (?) the whole day Friday in the gardens.

Transplanted my hardened off celeriac and leeks. Got carried away and decided to take a chance and transplanted some of the hardened off tomatoes. Fingers crossed, hope we do not get frost.

Parsnips seeds are sown.

Sweet potato beds prepared. Wednesday’s temperature is predicted to be 87°F and Thursday to be 90°F. By weekend the soil should be warm enough for me to plant my sweet potatoes slips.

Visited a nursery on Wednesday and purchased quite a bit of annuals. Planted all. They are supposed to be deer resistant but of course there is no guarantee, just hope the deer stay away.

My harvest was similar to the previous week, lettuces, garlic greens, walking onion, kale, photos would be pretty similar, so decided to post photos of my tree peonies instead.

The tree peonies are just gorgeous this year, the pink ones are the first to bloom (every day was a new surprise) followed by the purple, later will come the whites, the yellows and the reds.


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The tree peony in photo below is the same plant in last Monday’s post in full bloom (the plant is prettier than my photo).


Happy Spring!
Happy Gardening!

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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18 Responses to Harvest Monday, May 15, 2017 – Tree Peonies

  1. Phuong says:

    Wow, it’s still really chilly in your neighborhood. Hopefully it’s late enough that frost won’t visit you. I’ve almost gotten the whole summer garden planted, the only thing left to plant is melons, basil, and celery. Your peonies look quite magnificent.

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    After a whole week of rain and grayness, the weather is FINALLY warm and dry over here. The peonies are blooming so beautifully, Norma.

  3. Eva Taylor says:

    Figgy has been spending days out in the sun, but we still bring him inside for the night, I just don’t trust the weather just yet. My crab apple is bursting with blooms and my peonies are coming along, but not nearly as far along as yours are, they are absolutely gorgeous! They are predicting 80° F on Wednesday, to be honest, I can’t wait, I am soooo tired of having cold feet (of course, my refusal to wear socks doesn’t help!)

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      Figgy sure is pampered, hope he rewards you with lots of figs. I too am tired of the extended cold weather hope this mid-week’s warm weather stays with us.

  4. I believe your weather is going to be a bit warmer than ours! I’m hoping to plant tomatoes tomorrow, but I’ll wait a bit on sweet potatoes. Our season is long enough I usually plant them around the first of June. Those tree peonies are beautiful, I will send my wife here to look at them too.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Dave,
      I am taking a chance on the sweet potatoes as the soil should be very warm by Saturday. Hoping this mid-week’s warm weather stays with us.

  5. cmferrero says:

    Your tree peonies are just gorgeous, Norma! We are in the midst of a move to the Berkshires to be closer to our lake house, so here in Zone 4 my peonies are nowhere near bud…. Although you are right to predict some POW when the warm weather hits the northeast mid-week! Have fun – Chris

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Chris,
      Thanks, they put a smile on my face every time I look out the windows. A lake house in the Berkshires, how lovely! It is such a beautiful area, all the best with your move.

  6. Lisa says:

    Oh My Stars! Those peonies are exquisite!

  7. Balvinder says:

    Gorgeous Peonies! Mine will take another 15 days to bloom. Our weather is very wet here and there is delay in the growth of plants..

  8. Those tree peonies are truly beautiful, and you have so many!!

  9. Margaret says:

    Just gorgeous, Norma! Today we are supposed to get into the mid-80’s – hopefully this means that summer weather is officially here!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Margaret,
      Thanks. We had a mid-week heat wave, mid-90’s then temp dropped to the 40’s last night and will again tonight, really crazy weather 😦

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