Peonies in Bloom Part 1

Posted by on June 18, 2015 in Garden, Misc. | 17 comments

Peonies in Bloom Part 1

These “Peonies in Bloom” are absolutely breathtaking! My sister’s friend invited us to come out to  the Swenson Gardens and tour the peonies at their peak! If you happen to be in the area of Howard Lake, Minnesota during late May or early June, you can tour these amazing fields, too! Live too far away? Tour their website!

Peonies in Bloom

My peonies have never been impressive. They bloom a little, but the blooms bend the branches over and touch the ground. The peonies at Swenson Gardens, stand straight and tall. The “no-staking” plant- blooms never touch the ground. They are spectacular in color and variety! On their site, they show each variety along with complete information about that plant. Swenson Gardens are the largest organic, chemical-free growers in the United States.

Here are a few of the things I learned….

  • They need a minimum of 8 hours of sun
  • Don’t water peonies. Let the rain do it!
  • Buy only a bare root plant. Don’t buy potted!
  • Don’t cut the blooms for 3 years. At 3 years, cut only 1/3 of the blooms. At 4-5 years, cut only 2/3’s.
  • Don’t plant one where a peony was before.

Did you know these tips?


Here’s Part 1 Tour …

Peonies in Bloom Part 1

Peonies in Bloom Part 1


Peonies in Bloom  Part 1

Peonies in Bloom Part 1

Peonies in Bloom  Part 1


Peonies in Bloom Part 1

Peonies in Bloom Part 1

Peonies in Bloom Part 2

Which one was your favorite? I have a hard time choosing as they are all so beautiful! More to come in Part 2!

Peonies in Bloom Part 1


Their website is beautiful and informative. Go to Swenson Gardens to find your favorites. They are wonderful people, too!  (I ‘m not compensated for this post. I’m just a huge fan!)

Hope you enjoyed Part 1!


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  1. Oh how pretty. Thank you! I love peonies and this made such a delightful visit for Pink Saturday!

    • Hard to find pink, however!

  2. I love peonies, your photos are so pretty! Swenson Gardens sounds like a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again next Monday!

    • It is a wonderful place to visit as well as a wonderful place to order your peonies. See you again on Monday!

  3. Thank you very much for joining in and making our Bowdabra Crafty Saturday Showcase, we will look forward to seeing your post next Saturday.

    Warm Regards,
    The Bowdabra Team

  4. Your flowers are gorgeous!

    Thanks for sharing so many amazing pictures. I felt like I was standing in your yard!

    I came over on the You’ve Gotta Love it Tuesday link up. I’m glad to find your site!

    Blessings to you,

    • The flowers are at Swenson Gardens. I can’t take credit for them, however, I’m planting some of their peonies this fall! Hope to have such beautiful blooms in a couple of years.

      • They are really pretty! I’ll look forward to seeing the flowers that you plant!

        • I’m looking forward to it, too!

  5. Love all the beautiful peonies! When we moved here there were peonies. I remember the first time bringing them in the house only to find ants all over them! I love them though and they are still blooming. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

    • It is the old fashioned kind of peony that gets ants. I didn’t find any ants on these varieties! The older varieties have a sweeter syrup on the buds.

  6. What a treat to see all these different peonies. Wish we could grow them here in TX.

    • Didn’t know they wouldn’t grow in Texas! They are beautiful!

  7. Good thoughts for reinforcing the reason for celebrating July 4th. Thanks for joining the #funsummerfinds linkup!


  8. Yum, bacon s’ mores…sounds interesting, but then chocolate and bacon are two of my favorites! Thanks for linking up to #funsummerfinds…I would love for you to add my linkup button to your collection!


  9. I thought these crafts were so cute! Thanks for linking to #funsummerfinds!


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