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Peonies Like Alkaline Soil

peonyOops! I planted a peony root (?), corn (?), bulb (?), in the front yard in the fall. I thought it would look pretty near the blueberry bushes – but I just read that that was probably the wrong place to put it.

“The acid soil that favors the iris is bad for peonies, and trying to grow them together doesn’t work.” (Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden (Modern Library Gardening)alt )

I was planning to plant my new lingonberries close by when they arrive in the mail. They like acid too, just like the blueberries. The damn peony has wintered over in that spot and I couldn’t wait to see it come up this season. Well, if it sucks – now I know why.