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Love Peonies? Now is the time to plant peony roots for voluptuous, fragrant flowers. These easy care perennial plants come back year after year, emerging each spring. The stems fill out with gorgeous foliage and each stem produces a bud that will open into an amazing flower in mid - late spring. Plant peonies September through November in most areas.

Good Sun  Pick a spot in the garden or yard that gets good sun and decent soil drainage and your peonies can literally last a lifetime. Full sun is great - most thrive in half a day or more of sun. Don't be afraid of a little shade or filtered sun: you'll see more vibrant colors in your peony flowers when they have a couple hours of afternoon shade. Too much shade and you will have a lovely bush with little or no flowers. 

Soil - Peonies love clay type soils with good drainage. Some people love amending soil, some need too. We grow our peonies in a heavy, well drained clay soil - no amendments. We do have good, natural nutrients in our soil. If you find great success with growing other plants in amended soil in your yard or garden, the peonies will like that, too. Try an experiment and grow a peony in an unamended spot, just to see if it really needs extra soil/compost. 

Not too Deep - Plant peonies with the fleshy roots going down into spaded soil and the eyes (buds) at the top, just an inch or two below the ground surface. Take care to not plant peonies too deeply. In warmer climates, such as in parts of California, the peony eyes are barely covered with soil, closer to the surface. 

Water - Give your transplanted peonies a drink of water and keep slightly moist until the fall rains come. Once established, ground grown peonies are rather drought tolerant; but, appreciate a drink of water now and then. Do water them occasionally the first two summers. (If growing in containers, they will need frequent watering in dry weather). 

Peonies do well in USDA zones 2-8 and many gardeners are having success with them in zones 9. They do best with a winter chill and thrive in warm summers.  

Peony plants add texture, foliage and fragrance to your landscape and the flowers can’t be beat for cutting gardens. Plant peonies this fall to enjoy every spring.

You can order bare root peony plants online throughout the fall. Planting tips included. 

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Wow, another peony digging season is here. Seems like yesterday we were wandering the bloom filled fields and gardens. 

While it's still very hot in this part of the country; cooler weather is sure to follow. Every day throughout September, October and November I will be digging, dividing, potting or planting peonies. I still have a lot of seed to gather, too.

It's a very busy time of year on a peony farm. I am grateful to work with peonies - just thinking about the blossoms to come, is inspiration to get the fall work done. 

We have a nice selection of bare root peony plants available to order online. peony roots 

As we dig, we will likely add additional varieties for sale. Peony roots will be shipped throughout the fall months.

We also have potted peony plants at Brooks Gardens - please contact us for open dates (we are available by appointment this fall).  

I hope you all have a very pleasant fall - enjoy these next few months in the garden. 



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It is kind of exciting, the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse. While we don't have regular hours in the summer, a few of us are gathering here on the morning of August 21st to view the 'once in most people's lifetime' event. 

I hadn't given it much thought until last spring when a peony customer stood in our grass parking lot, noted that our farm is surrounded by trees, with no street lights and exclaimed, "This is where I want to be for the Total Solar Eclipse. This is the most perfect spot." I said, "Well, there is total darkness in this area at nighttime; the one yard light we have is on the other side of the buildings/trees". We made plans then and there.

I didn't even know then that we are near smack center of the path of totality. It will be interesting to say the least, how this all pans out in Oregon and other areas across the country. Today I saw on Facebook that an event in Prineville, OR had a 30 mile backup that was taking up to 12 hours to get to. I never verified it (who does that these days with news?); but, we also got word that lots of gas stations in Oregon were sold out of gas and some grocery stores were out of bottled water and other items. You know, I remember hearing many times in the past month that we should stock up on 4-5 days of food and water; and, I guess a lot of us haven't done that yet.... I did this afternoon. 

You can always stop by for potted peonies (bare root will be available starting in September). Open by appointment. Please email me ahead of visits, to be sure I am here. With so much medical care for Abel's recovery, my hours vary day to day. 

Let's all have a great Total Solar Eclipse experience!



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We are in the middle of a hot, Oregon summer. Scorching this week at 108° yesterday and today! Unusual and record breaking heat - I always think it's too hot over about 85°.

I've kept the field peonies moist with irrigation; and, the potted peonies in the nursery are getting watered a couple of times a day, so they don't dry out. It's refreshing to walk under a sprinkler; sometimes I linger there. It's so hot, that I could almost watch my tomatoes turn from green to yellow to orange while I watered the vegetable garden. Really. Tuesday there wasn't a touch of color to them; Wednesday afternoon I picked ripe cherry tomatoes. 

The peony plants are beautiful this summer. I let a few develop seed pods, imaging what they may produce down the road. Some are swelling with plump seed and a few have cracked open over the past couple of weeks. Peony seed can take 4 or 5 years to produce a flower; although we've seen a few blossom sooner. Planting peony root cuttings will generally produce flowers in 1 to 2 years, with the plant approaching maturity at 3 years.  

The start of something new - planting for the future, is a great thing to look forward to. My sisters and I particularly love it when customers in their 90's are buying peony plants. Some younger folks will say, 'it takes so long for a peony to grow, I don't have that much time'; while others are looking forward to the future and say 'in just a few short years, I'll have glorious flowers to enjoy the rest of my life'. Such anticipation can positively impact our quality of life. 

With the hot weather of August, it's kind of hard to believe that digging/planting season will begin in a matter of weeks. But, it's coming.

Plant the peonies - leave a legacy of beauty.

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My e-book of peony flowers is available through Amazon

I published the book 'Peonies - 200 Garden Varieties' - for all peony lovers - those who garden and those who don't. A browsing book of photos to compare colors and flower forms of these magnificent flowers. The book includes a bit of information on planting and care for those who want a few tips on growing their own peonies.

Formatted for viewing on e-readers, phones, tablets and computer monitors. Take a look by clicking the photo:  

Peonies, an e-book of 200 Garden Varieties, perfect for browsing your favorites

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The last day of our open farm this season is today. I always want the season to go on and on; but, the petals are falling and barely a side-bud remains to open.  While there is still a bit of raggedy bloom in the fields to spy a flower form or color, our display tables are filled with nice blossoms for a good look at perhaps 80 varieties. 

We still have a selection of potted peonies and you can also order bare root for fall planting at the farm or online.

As we wind down another bloom season, I reflect on the wonderful help we enjoyed this spring. Friends and family pitched in to mow, weed, sell flowers and plants; and, do whatever needed to be done as my husband recovered from shoulder surgery. We are grateful. Bless you all. 


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