Spring is coming! The plants here in Oregon have a jump on spring this year (they did last season, as well). With weather fluctuating between dry sunny days, wet rainy days and a bit of hail in between, we are experiencing another ‘early spring’ here in Oregon. With the warmer winter, things are growing nearly two weeks ahead of ‘usual’ and I was able to get my fertilizing done earlier in the week. None too early, I must say – some folks fertilized two weeks ago, as garden and farm plants have been sprouting at record speed this year.
The early and mid-season peonies are anywhere from a couple of inches tall, to the Coral Supremes and Coral Charms reaching about a foot tall already. The late peony varieties haven’t emerged, yet. Campagna, P. mlokosewitschii, P. tenuifolia and some early tree peonies have some good sized buds developing on them. Last year the bloom season started early with P. mlokosewitchii blooming on March 28th, far ahead of its more usual April 15th show time. I’m curious when they will bloom this season.
Our bloom season dates are May 1 – June 15th and we will adjust accordingly, as the peonies dictate. In the meantime, I will have potted peonies for sale on Saturdays in March. Potted peonies can be transplanted anytime in the spring or fall. Bare root peonies are available to order online for fall planting.
Potted peonies for sale – Saturdays in March, 2016: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Directions to Brooks Gardens: from I-5, take exit 263; go east one mile to Brooks; turn left (north) at the stoplight; just over one mile to Topaz Street on the right. Topaz Street is one half mile and ends at our peony farm.We are just over one mile north of Brooks, OR (between Woodburn and Salem, off of 99E) and 30 minutes south of Wilsonville and Canby, OR.