‘The best time’ Monty Don shares ‘winter job’ gardeners ‘should be doing’ with peonies

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Monty Don is a British horticulturist and broadcaster who often shares his gardening advice with Britons.

In the latest episode of Gardeners’ World, Monty talked about the ultimate “winter job”.

He explained: “A winter job that I should be doing is pruning this peony.

“This is a tree peony, with yellow flowers.

“I always get asked what’s the right way to prune a tree peony.

“And the answer is to get right down in there.

“You should be able to see these new green shoots,” he said while pointing to the bottom of the plant.

“And the brown ones there.

“And the way to prune it is to cut out the old growth right down to the grown.

However, he warned: “Don’t remove more than a third in only one time.”

He advised on the best time to do so.

“The best time to do that is after the last leave has fallen.

“That should be some time around the end of November.”

Gardener Claire Austin explained why peonies are one of the best winter plants.

She explained: “Peonies are the most romantic of all perennial flowers.

“They are fragrant, they are great for cutting.

“At this time of the year, they are my favourite plant.

“Simply because they are so beautiful.”

Alan Titchmarsh recently shared his tips on how Britons should be taking care of the most popular Christmas plant: Poinsettia.

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