Bought a new peony bush today - bout a foot tall. Should I transplant into a larger pot for the rest of the year and then tuck into the greenhouse over winter and plant in the ground end of spring next year - or whack in the ground now and protect with fleece in the winter?
Shove it in the ground now; if the weather dries up water it; it shouldn't need fleece overwinter. Do NOT plant it too deep - it won't flower if it's planted deep. The eyes (where the stalks grow from) should be max 4-5cm underground. Feed it well.
Stake.... guessing. Peonies are in the wind-down, get ready to look a bit dead before disappearing completely during winter phase at the moment. Keep it watered and keep an eye on it but if it starts looking a bit rough, it's going to be tough to say whether it's feeling ill or just doing what comes naturally.