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Peonies leaning over

I am in Zone 4 and have two beautiful, healthy, happy 4' tall peonies which are doing amazingly well. Each had at least 25 blossoms this year. They are planted about 1-2 ft. away from the foundation on the East side of my house. By 1 p.m. they are in the shade and, even though they are caged, they lean away from the house. Could the close proximity to the house be causing them to lean way over the cages?
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Thanks for writing. Peonies tend to be a little top heavy; it's natural (and common) for them to lean and droop over the top of their cages when they have lots of blooms. If you cut off all the old blossoms once they fade, you may find they stand up a little more easily.

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