It seems like with the anticipation and waiting for the peonies to bloom, the month of June just whizzed by. Got really busy photographing the different varieties of peonies as they blossomed, anxious to get the pictures posted on my website: www.ilovepeonies.com. I wanted visitors to the site to have the most updated news on what’s happening at the Peony Farm.
Learning the techniques of uploading a picture so that it doesn’t cause the website to crawl, wanting the best viewable picture at the same time. Anyway, the thing that I forgot in all this – the nice visits I have with people who came to the farm.
Just yesterday, Keith and Carol came with their friend, Susan. I was bowled over by how passionate Keith is about peonies. They both love peonies as much as I love peonies. In all this excitement, I had to drag them to my personal garden and show the latest blooming peonies. They oohed at the sight of Paula Fay, exclaimed at Red Charm, wowed by the fragrance and beauty of Mons Jules Elie and defilitely loved Festiva Maxima. But, when they saw Coral Charm, O la la! They have to have all these beauties! And how fun it is that Keith have read the information I provided about peonies on the website. He’s a most thorough reader! And how generous of them to share this passion with Susan, for whom they bought a Coral Charm for her birthday present. I look forward to visiting with them again to talk and exchange notes and ideas about that one thing we love – Peonies.
Here are some of the peonies they purchased:
Festiva Maxima Coral Charm
Mons Jules Elie
And, here are a couple of pictures my husband took of me. Had to showit to you all, I think how I look reflected how I enjoy working at my Peony Farm and being surrounded by the beautiful, fragrant peonies. And if you can just imagine that I have 24 more new varieties coming in this fall!!!!!
And here is a small overview picture of the farm.
One of my customers, dear Paul, happened to be a woodworking craftsman. Discovered this by accident in our conversation about things I’d like to see at the farm. He mentioned projects he had done for his daughters and the things he is working on now for the home he and his wife is building here in Sequim, Wa. And as this conversation goes on, I found myself blurting I wish I can have a hand carved sign for my farm. Wouldn’t you know it? Out of the goodness of his heart, he offered to carve it for me. AND, AND, AND, he worked on it at Superman speed. Beautiful work! My husband is painting it for me now and I can’t hardly wait till it’s up where my product board is at. It’s in the garage right now, wet with paint or I’d have taken a picture of it for this blog. So, dear Paul who wouldn’t take a penny for his effort – guess what he’s going to get? Give you a hint: he loves peonies! I mean, expensive ITOH peonies. I just know he’d be thrilled to get his present.
And then, there’s Dina. Talk about someone passionate about peonies. She has 100 peonies on a city lot and still found 3 more from my selections at the Peony Farm. Her husband speaks glowingly of her garden and actually helped her find additions for her garden How sweet is that? I just feel so grateful to witness love as couples come to the farm. Their love for each other shows in how they express through the selection of peonies for each other (or how willingly the guys pays for his wife/girlfriend’s purchases).
And one last thing as I can’t close this narrative without mentioning Craig with his boyish enthusiasm to find that very special peony that lined the walk to his childhood home. He had to have it. Just must have it! I love it. And he tried ever so gently to have me part with a peony that I’m babying. I’m sure he went on another merry scouting to find this one that he couldn’t have. I must say that he really is very good at endearing himself.
Well, that’s all for now and hope you enjoyed this narrative until the next time I blog. And to all of you who visited the farm that didn’t get mentioned, I love you all for the stories you bring in the conversation, your passion for peonies and for sharing yourself. Thank You! .