IN THE GARDEN: Warm spell after first frost can trigger late blooms, but rarely in a peony!

A reader's peony bloomed in November, which is unusual; peonies typically bloom in spring. (Special to the Democrat-Gazette/Janet B. Carson)

Q : I have been growing peonies for many years, and have never had one bloom in the fall. It's an Itoh peony "Morning Lilac," which I planted three years ago, and had not yet bloomed until now.