Aside from building individual tents, there was nothing to be done to save them; most were in their full blown prime. I picked as many as I could, appreciating them up close in full-to-the-brim vases.
You can't make big bodacious bouquets of peonies unless you have several mature and healthy plants. Lucky for me, I have a few dozen, only two of which are less than two seasons old. I might pick a flower from a young plant, but I'll do it as soon as it begins to open, and will cut a stem of only a few inches. The reason is that new plants need as much green as they can get to build up their root system through photosynthesis. Many new plants might send up as few as two stems their first year, and you certainly don't want to remove either of them.
|The deep pink is 'Dayton', the pale flowers 'Chestine Gowdy' and 'The Fawn', and the red is a somewhat late 'Red Charm'.|