“Life at the Peony Farm, Sequim, WA”
Finally, some continuous warm days The vegetable garden at the farm brings a harvest of red ripe strawberries, lettuce, green onions, kale, spinach, and herbs galore. Visitors at the Peony Farm ultimately find themselves gravitating to the vegetable garden to admire Michael’s raised bed system. And with that questions about the design, construction, and what’s being grown in the beds.
We truly enjoy our garden and with having it, it seems like we eat more vegetables and feel healthy doing so.
With the beautiful sunny weather comes the fast blooming of the peonies. The itoh peony, Bartzella, finally opened it sunny yellow petals and lemony fragrance. A very nice sunshiny flower among the pinks, whites and red peonies. This usually happens when we have a long spell of cold weather. Then, the blast of warm weather. It seems to jolt the peonies from their hibernation and they all bloom at the same time. I am just thankful that they made it to my birthday. Couldn’t ask for a more beautiful flower arrangement. All I have to do is walk through the garden with my coffee in hand. I was amazed how pretty the peony called “The Fawn” is with its pink mottling, as if somebody took a paint brush and splattered pink into this flower. Mons Jules Elie, almost all gone now, still looks lovely and Bouquet Perfect, what a beauty.
And today, Garden Treasure (itoh peony) just opened. It definitely is beautifully formed. Pair this up with Kansas peony (watermelon red), the balance of Festiva Maxima (white with red streaks at the tip) and you have a magnificent floral arrangement.
Peonies do real well in the Pacific Northwest and I am blessed to have moved to this area for I have been longing for peonies ever since I came to the United States and discovered these beauties. My floral supplier in San Diego, California reserved for me yearly 2 bundles of these beauties so I can have my “yearly fix of fragrant, beautiful peonies”. At that time, I wasn’t aware of the different flower forms of the peonies. I am presently enjoying the japanese forms. I will miss my peonies and wait with great anticipation till they come back again next year, bushier and bigger! In the meantime, come fall I shall be planting the following peonies: Seashell, Bowl of Cream, Many Happy Return, Coral Sunset, Pink Jitterbug, Top Brass (fascinating white peony) and Philippe Rivoire (supposedly very fragrant).