Pinching peonies

peony blossomimg_0780Looking to get dinner plate-sized blooms out of your peonies? Now’s the time to get pinching. Pop off all the smaller heads surrounding the main bud – a strangely satisfying task. Wait a week or two and viola, giant tissue paper-like blossoms. You can cut and hold the opening flowers in your fridge for a bit if you want to save them for a special occasion. Or simply allow them to star in your garden in all their exuberant glory, until they “sneeze” their petals in a heap when they finish.

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