A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: Peony Flowers as Mulch

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14 March 2016

Peony Flowers as Mulch

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Flowers as Mulch?? YUP.  Peonies in fact -- one of my favorites. 

Peony Mulch by Amy Renea, Author of Crafting With Nature and A Nest for All Seasons

The thing about peonies is that they will dip over and fall to the ground if there is a hint of wind or rain in your garden.  those blooms do NOT have to go to waste though.  Your first layer of defense is to pick those blooms and see if they will stand up straight in a vase for an arrangement.  Oftentimes, the night after a rain, those peonies will be just fine for flower arrangements.

Tree Peony Bouquet by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons, Author of Crafting With Nature

However, if the blooms are too far gone to work well or a bouquet, they are still perfect for MULCH.

What?  Mulch?  I thought that was made out of like wood chips??  Right?!?!

Well, yes, but technically mulch is any organic material that will smother weeds and add organic material to your soil.  
Flower petals can do both -- especially if they are in mass amounts as in the bombastic blooms of a peony.  Here is how it works:

Peony Petals as Mulch by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons, author of Crafting With Nature

Peony Petals as Mulch by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons, author of Crafting With Nature

Peony Petals as Mulch by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons, author of Crafting With Nature

Peony Petals as Mulch by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons, author of Crafting With Nature

Expect peonies to start breaking ground in the next several weeks, depending on how far south you are. 
STAY OFF OF SAID GROUND as long as possible to preserve all the good the snow has done for the soil!


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