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Peony Love, on April 6, 2017


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Flower gardens are wonderful, and so are fields of blooming flowers growing in rows upon rows.  Here are some photos from last May when I went to Oregon on a flower viewing trip.

I learned about the Adelman Peony Gardens when I arrived in the area to see the Schreiner Iris fields and display garden.

I spent some time looking at the beautiful large peonies in the display gardens and the plants for sale near the sale barn.  Then I noticed the path out to the fields and off I went.  [I live near farms of daffodils, tulips and iris where the walking paths tend to get pretty muddy.]  However, at the Adelman Peony Gardens, the walking paths between sections are all mowed grass and are very easy to walk along.  I walked all over the fields and loved seeing the shades of color especially the dark, medium and light corals.  In my garden I have shades of pink and white.  I hope to add a coral to my garden this year- last year all the corals were sold out.

One thing I learned is that Peony plants aren’t as fragile as I thought and they can be transplanted, though not too often.  I bought a couple white varieties and wedged them into my car for a happy drive to their new home.


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April 1, 2017

April 1, and it doesn’t seem like spring yet.  It was 42 this morning and misty rain when I went to look at the garden.  We had over 6″ of rain in March, and more cold weather this winter than we’re used to.  I’m surprised that the garden is growing and the plants are doing so well without getting much warmth or sunshine.  The iris seem to be happy no matter the weather.

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I’ve gotten about 2 hours weeding time in so far, and cleaned up around some of the iris. This next photo shows how the gardens with no mulch get covered in weeds.  The mulch doesn’t totally prevent weeds, but it makes a noticeable difference.

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Several of our peonies have started and this one is the furthest along.  It won’t be too long before all the leaves have fully turned from red to green.

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More of  the iris and small red peony leaves that have been weeded.

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Pink Phlox getting started.  It will be about 3-4 feet tall when it blooms.

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Iris, oriental poppy, astrantia and columbine….

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and Sedum.

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Saturday in the garden

J 1Calla Lily.J 2Calla Lily.J 3Veronica.  The color is just starting to show on the various Veronica plants.  They come in several shades of pink plus purple, blue and white.  They are easy to grow.J 4Veronica.  Pink. J 5Veronica.  Pink. J 6Veronica.  Purple. J 7Iris. A small and delicate Iris.J 8Iris. These are late blooming compared to the larger bearded Iris variety.  I have them on the north side of the house so they get part shade.J 9Iris.  This one is new this year. It came from the nursery and had a tag for a pink/pink bearded Iris.  So, I was surprised to see the multi-color with lavender, happily surprised. J 10Iris.  Wow, this dark purple Iris is also new this year.   I ended up with these two super dark purple bulbs that were in with other standard purple Iris. Another nice surprise.J 11Dianthus– pinks, a type of carnation. J 12Chinese lantern bud.  When they are in full bloom they will turn to a bright orange bloom that hangs down, is hollow, and really looks like its name-sake. J 13Peony.  This white one has a lovely fragrance.  I have about 5 white blooms near each other, so this area smells very nice and fresh.  This is the third year that I’ve had any peonies.  I got them as starter root balls- they didn’t have any blooms the first year, and averaged 1 bloom each last year.   J 14Peony.  These bright pink blooms first opened about 3 days ago, and they are getting a larger every day.  These two do not have a fragrance. J 15Sweet William. This plant is an annual.  Most all of my plants are perennials, which means that they will come back every year from the root ball or bulb.  The Sweet William re-seeds itself very well and stays in this area nicely- it doesn’t spread all over the garden.  J 16Lupine.  This plant has been very hardy and is now 4 years old.  The bugs, bees and hummingbirds love this plant.J 17Beaujolais Loose Strife.  This particular plant is new this year- and the color is just getting going.J 18Yarrow.  This yellow yarrow is very easy to grow.  It adds great color to the garden.  In contrast to other yarrows that have green fern like leaves, the yellow yarrow had less fern like and more gray colored stems and leaves.S bird 1Cedar Wax Wing. Hanging out in the trees.  They have been around the past few evenings.S bird 2Cedar Wax Wing.  Eating berries.