It is not hard to guess where Blossom Hill Nursery got its name.
From a vantage point in many of the fields of peonies there is a rather spectacular view of the rolling countryside just outside of the city of Peterborough, Ontario.
The week before last, hubby had a few days of vacation and we had decided to do a little summer road trip to the Peterborough area. He had scoped out a few antique shops and I added a stop at Blossom Hill Nursery to list of places we hoped to visit.
Blossom Hill is a nursery that specializes in growing peonies and delphiniums. They have over 600 varieties of peonies including species, tree, herbaceous and Itoh (Intersectional) peonies.
Now, I know what some of you must be wondering: what would someone who already has a good number of peonies ever be wanting with more?
Beautiful though they are, most of my peonies are 3 or 4 varieties only. I have no singles, no white, yellow or red peonies for instance. In the near future, I would like to add a bit more diversity and maybe even extend the short season for peonies with both early and late blooming varieties.
When we finally arrived at the nursery it was rather late in the day. Dinner hour in fact. Joe and Hazel Cook could easily have said "we're closed", but instead they kindly allowed me to wander around and take pictures to my heart's content.
I thought I had died and had gone to peony heaven!
As well as the fields of the peonies and delphiniums they grow,
the nursery also a number of display gardens.
Columbine, Aquilegia 'Nora Barlow'
Why shop in person?
Well, there is nothing like seeing a flower in the flesh to give you a true appreciation of its shape, color, fragrance and growing habits.
Here are just a few of the pink varieties that caught my eye:
Jay Hawker: Lactiflora Double Light Pink. Stiff stems. Moderate Fragrance. Mid-Season.
Mons. Jules Elie: Double rose-pink. Large guard petals with a well defined centre. Mid-season.
Irene May Gilbert
Top left: Souv. L. Bigot Top right: Raspberry Sundae
Bottom left: Garden Lace Bottom right: Show Girl
First Arrival: This peony had one of the largest flowers I saw growing in the fields. It was huge! Intersectional, semi-double lavender pink flower on a compact dark green plant. Mid-season. Be fore-warned this one's expensive.
Above and below: Clown: Single bright pink surrounding yellow stamens. Fragrant. Mid-season.
Lady Alexandra Duff: A double blush pink with light petals in the centre.
Slightly fragrant. Mid-Season.
In an upcoming post, I will show you some of the yellow, white and red varieties of peonies.
More Information and Links:
Tips on Growing Peonies: Peonies are long lived perennials and so it is worth the effort to prepare the site well before you plant. Peonies prefer a sunny, well-drained site. Dig a hole larger than the root and amend the soil with compost or bonemeal. The crown buds of herbaceous peonies should be no more than 2 inches below the surface of the soil. If planted too deep, they may not flower for several years. If you mulch your garden, do not put mulch over the crown. In September, cut the foliage off and remove it from the garden to prevent the spreading of any disease or fungus. (Excerpted From Blossom Hill Nursery website)
Blossom Hill Nursery specializes in delphiniums and peonies and is located near Peterborough in Ontario.
They have over 600 varieties of peonies including species, tree, herbaceous and Itoh (Intersectional) peonies. Visitors are welcome at the nursery to view the perennial beds and gardens. Business hours are by appointment or chance.
They ship to both Canadian and USA destinations. Link to Herbaceous Peony Pictures. Link to Itoh and Tree Peony Pictures. View the online catalogue.