How Not to Kill a Peony: An Owner's Manual (Paperback)

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This no-nonsense narrative cheerfully demystifies every aspect of the peony and its unusual life cycle, succinctly navigating the obstacles to success. Explore how to choose peonies for landscaping, cut flowers or both, and check out recommended varieties. Learn how to dig, divide and plant peony roots, as well as how to cut fresh flowers and how to cold-store buds for up to 7 weeks. "How Not to Kill a Peony" follows the author from clueless peony-obsessed beginner to seasoned peony farm owner determined to help educate others. This is not your grandmother's coffee table book ... it's a delightfully pithy owner's manual portable enough to schlep right out to the garden for quick reference. "How Not ..." is densely packed with vital instructions, useful wisdom and insights, and hundreds of true-to-life color photos sure to spark your own obsession with the magical and magnificent peony., February 25, 2020, Dr. James K. Roush, Professor of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, author, Master Gardener and self-proclaimed garden curmudgeon: "I've read several garden books this winter, but none better than this one. As a testament to its engaging prose, I read 'How Not to Kill a Peony' in a single sitting, learning more in an hour about how to choose peonies than I did in my previous lifespan. I've never seen a better presented "How-To" that will help you grow peonies that are the envy of the neighborhood. 'How Not to Kill a Peony' is a delicious, straightforward, and sometimes snarky 98 page read that quickly brought me to understand many useful things. Every important fact about growing peonies is covered, and covered in straightforward fact. And the most important advice? Plant peony varieties that don't flop Who knew? Now, darn it, where did I leave that Song Sparrow catalog? I just don't have enough peonies in my front yard...."

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About the Author

Native Hoosier Steph Weber is an appreciator of all things beautiful on God's green earth, and a fan of learning new things. Like peonies, she's a homebody. She's into the simple things, like spending time with family and fixing up old houses. She's currently working on a hosta obsession that rivals the ongoing peony preoccupation. Although she hasn't figured out what she wants to be when she grows up, she's narrowing it down. She resides in Indiana with her husband, their three children and two neurotic dogs.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780692975237
ISBN-10: 0692975233
Publisher: Stephanie J. Weber
Publication Date: May 13th, 2018
Pages: 100
Language: English