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Will the peonies be ready for Memorial Day? That is the question asked at this time every year. My mother, mother-in-law and grandmothers always looked forward to seeing the lovely peony flowers out in their soft and bright pink colors every Memorial Day, decorating the gravesites at the local cemeteries. I’ve inherited that same thought when my family’s gravesites are visited.

At my last visit, the peonies were budded. A quick estimate was made when they would open. With the lack of winter and early spring moisture, the peony plants remained stubborn and green, ready to offer their M...

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