Yesterday I noticed that many of the peonies behind the rock garden were hanging near the ground, weighed down by the thunderstorm rain from the night before. I guess I'll have to stake them next spring. Until now, they have managed quite well without needing to be propped up.
When we decided to plant a row of peonies several years ago, we ordered them bare root from a local grower in the fall. True to form, it's taken them three years to get big enough to produce armloads of flowers.
This cultivar, Angel Cheeks, has very strong, thick stems, but weighed down with the rain, a lot of flowers needed picking. When I started cutting them, there were so many that I needed a wheelbarrow to get them to the house.