One of the biggest frustrations my favorite boy toy had with his orchid business was a condition called bud blast. It happens for a variety of reasons, from a rapid change in temperature to incorrect moisture in the greenhouse to just reasons unknown. All that work, all that effort, and you now have to wait a whole year to again see blooms.
Our peonies outside do the same thing. That usually happens because they start to bloom and the temperature drops or like this year, it started to rain and wouldn’t stop. The peonies are so pretty, the blooms don’t last long anyhow, and blasted buds make it go that much faster.
Not every bud dropped off though.
Word for tomorrow – SCRIPT. If you prefer to work ahead, see the list for the week under “A Word A Day”.
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