We are experiencing a fairly cool spring, so the peony bloom has been slow to start. Some of our early varieties bloomed as they usually do in mid-late April and the first days of May, then the bloom stalled. I remember 2011, when we had an even slower start, with only 3 varieties blooming by May 20th. Another year we had such a warm spring that we peaked May 5th. We've seen a '30 day swing' in Oregon's peony bloom over the years: peaking as early as the first week of May (unusual), or as late as the 1st week of June. This year it's looking like the best bloom will be in about two weeks, with possible peak in early June.
The early varieties are blooming now, with early mid-season varieties getting ready to bloom with just a few days of warmer temperatures (predicted for the next few days). Who would have thought that we'd be calling 60° 'warm'? We may be seeing some good color by next weekend.
Visit our farm this season for potted peonies to transplant and fresh cut peony flowers. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and see the peonies in bloom.
Open Wednesdays through Saturdays: 10 AM - 6 PM and Open Sundays: 10 AM - 5 PM. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays (we may be open Memorial Day).
6219 Topaz Street NE, Brooks, OR. Located off of 99 E between Woodburn and Salem. I-5 exit 263; 1 mile east to Brooks; Left (north) at light; 1.25 miles to Topaz Street NE. About 45 minutes south of Portland.
* Brooks has a nice, family restaurant 'Route 99' if you'd like to enjoy a good meal in the area.