I had high hopes of making it to Adelmans Peony Farm this week, but we ended up with company who had just been there, so it was back to Schreiners Iris Farm for them. Instead, I’ll show you my own ever expanding Peony Collection
When we bought this house in 2009 we brought three Peonies with us. There were already three here. Since then, I have added several others until I have nearly a dozen. All of them I bought from Adelmans, which also has a lovely display garden, but much smaller than Schreiners. The two farms are only about a mile from each other up in Keizer.
My very first acquisition was Bartzilla. I had been lusting after a Yellow Peony, but was completely intimidated by the three digit price tag. But I rethought my frugality when I realized my coworkers had given me a very nice gift to be spent on the plant of my choice as a retirement gift. So I bit the bullet and bought Bartzilla. It is now huge and has dozens of 12 inch flowers this year.
I have bought one or two Peonies each year since then. My most recent was this lovely pale pink single Peony, which is still in a pot. I have the perfect spot next to two other lovelies.
Next to Bartzilla, I think my favorite is this beautiful Coral Charm. I just love that color. It had been in my eye for several years before I finally got it.
Over time, I added a deep magenta one, a dark red one, a pale peachy one, and a white one. Who knows what I will buy next. I would love to have another Itoh hybrid, like Bartzilla…maybe in the rusty range. We will see. More likely, it will be much less expensive than those beauties. I’m still lusting after a Peony with a bomb of petals in the center.