Saturday, May 25, 2013

Peony Season

If there is a better place to check out peonies I don't know where it's at. I'm talking about the Adelman Gardens Peony Paradise in Brooks, Oregon...not too far north of Salem!

Their name is kind of a mouthful but, they have the most beautiful peony gardens you will ever run across. It's not a gigantic conglomerate but, let's just say, "quality before quantity".

To give you a few examples of just how cool their peonies are: Their tree peony "Hephestos" was "Best of Show" at the 2012 American Peony Society.  OK! They have been awarded "Best of Show" seven of the last 10 years.  Not to mention all the other categories they have won awards for.

Peony Season

Peony Season

Yellow Peonies

Red Peonies

Adelman Gardens Peony Paradise

Please help to support my blog by checking out these recommended books on Peonies through Amazon: (If you buy a product I receive a small commission)

1) Peonies by Allen Rogers  (Al Rogers has been growing peonies since childhood, and this book represents more than 60 years' experience. Peonies are treasured by gardeners for their longevity, lush foliage, rich fragrance, and landscape uses. Captured within these pages are not only the flavor, charm, and history of the peony and its hybridizers but also expert information about the genus Paeonia and its many cultivars.)

2) Peonies (Firefly Gardener's Guide) ( The dazzling peony with its generous blooms is revered and treasured in North America as it has been for centuries in its country of origin, China. Peonies is a comprehensive guide to selecting and growing the best species and hybrids for every region and garden condition.)

3) The Gardener's Peony [Illustrated] ( The Chinese have been growing tree peonies for 1600 years but these exotic plants still make a novel addition to the Western garden. A full-size plant bearing dozens of flowers is an awesome sight and the selection here includes the best of the Chinese and Japanese cultivar ranges, the classic hybrids and the sought-after hybrids raised by Arthur Saunders in the 1930s that range in colour from yellow to mahogany-red.)

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