May 12, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day!  Looks like it will be a refreshing 70 degrees with a chance of (welcome) showers. Personally, I kind of wilt when it’s 80+ degrees; so, I’m looking forward to the lower temperatures predicted this week. The flowers will love the cooler weather, too.

The Coral Charm peonies are opening and stunning as usual: they are standing over 4 feet tall and loaded with blossoms. They’ll be dazzling this week. The Coral Sunsets are breathtaking with their orange hue.

Bo Peep, Camillia’s White, Flame, Gay Paree, Goldilocks, Petticoat Flounce, Raspberry Charm, Raspberry Sundae and Serene Pastel are gorgeous, as are the peony varieties that have opened in the past couple of weeks. I always love the brilliance of Flame and the aptly named Raspberry Charm peony – they are favorite bright colored peonies. The rare, dark red Intersectional (Itoh) peony Chief Black Hawk is blooming, as are so many of the other Intersectional peonies. They are a cross between a tree peony and herbaceous/bush peony and have serrated foliage and flowers reminiscent of their tree peony parent. They are outstanding landscape peonies.  

The iris garden is more colorful each day with the bearded and Siberian iris – the coming week will be spectacular for iris lovers.

Today was a whirlwind of activity on the farm, with lots of peony bouquets and plants being purchased for Mothers Day gifts and for our gardening customers. We will have a great assortment of peony bouquets for Mothers Day and the weeks to come.  Cut peonies are $2.00 per stem or 6/$10.00.  Many of the potted peonies are blooming and you can also see the peony flowers blooming in the field, to help make your selections.

The past few days we’ve enjoyed seeing and visiting with many of our regular customers and we’ve met many new customers. Thank you so much for making Brooks Gardens a must-see destination for peonies and iris. I know many of you aren’t sure what you’ll see as you drive down our ½ mile Topaz Street (Brooks/Salem, Oregon) for the first time. Your smiles and elated comments tell us its pure pleasure to your eyes. We appreciate your fine comments and the fact that so many of you bring friends on your return visits.

Find us on  Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brooks-Gardens/118399874911484  - I try to squeeze in a post now and then to show a few flowers that are blooming.

Hope you all have a great day!

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