Peony Field Days

swenson gardens peony field days This weekend (and the next) Swenson Gardens is hosting Peony Field Days! This is the chance for the public to come out and see all the gorgeous peony blossoms in their full glory. peony field days swenson gardensSwenson Gardens specializes in intersectional hybrid, “itoh” peonies and garden peonies. This family-owned business is also passionate about not using any chemicals in their gardens.

What a beautiful and fragrant experience this was!

peony field days swenson gardens

peony field days swenson gardens

peony field days swenson gardens

peony field days swenson gardens

The red peonies were spectacular…

peony field days swenson gardens

peony field days swenson gardens

chocolate soldier peony swenson gardens

chocolate soldier peony swenson gardens

Many of the peonies hadn’t bloomed yet and I wish I was able to go back next weekend too, to see what the result will be when these buds open…

peony field days swenson gardens

peony field days swenson gardens

 

I was anticipating terrible crowds but there were just a handful of us walking the rows of flowers. I went early so maybe that helped…

peony field days swenson gardens

 

swenson gardens

It was such a beautiful morning to be out there…

laura magnason peony swenson gardens

swenson gardens peony field days

The leaves of the Sequestered Sunshine Peony were exceptionally pretty to me…

sequestered sunshine peony swenson gardens

sequestered sunshine peony swenson gardens

 

I was glad to see the bees out in abundance in the field…

bee on flower

yellow peony swenson gardens

Isn’t it stunning the way sunshine will bring out all the brilliance of color in a flower’s petals?…

pink peony swenson gardens

pink peony petals

pink flower petals

So much beauty to be found everywhere…

white clover

white clover

At the bottom of the hill, there was a tent where you could get questions answered along with placing an order for the peony variety that has captivated you in the field.

peony field days swenson gardens

A few “stars of the show” had been picked and placed in vases for us to admire…

peony bouquets swenson gardens

pink peonies swenson gardens

yellow peonies swenson gardens

peony bouquets swenson gardens

If you are in the Minneapolis west metro area and love flowers, why not consider heading west out to Swenson Gardens of Howard Lake to see all this loveliness? It is a beautiful drive about 40 minutes west of Plymouth, MN.

Peony Field Days are being held June 2,3 and June 9,10th  2017. Maybe you will discover a few new varieties to add to your garden? I know I did!  :)

peony field days swenson gardens

 

Jeweled leaves…

raindrops on leaves

The misty rain started sometime last night and continued on until dawn…

This morning, it appeared as if someone had scattered their most precious, sparkling jewels on everything in the garden…

rain on leaves

raindrops on leavesThe water droplets were so brilliant, they looked as if they could shine into the darkness, as if they were stars in the sky on the most clearest of nights…

raindrops on leaves

 

I am in love with this misty rain…

 

Ralph Hodgson quote

 

Julie’s garden…

Julie Easton's garden

This summer, while visiting my little hometown in rural Nebraska, I had a chance to tour Julie Easton’s garden, one of the many beautiful gardens in town…

I walked and photographed for hours through her lovely creation…

Julie Easton garden

 

butterfly flowers

 

Julie Easton's garden

 

I was fascinated by all the glimmering pieces of glass in her garden. Tiny beads on wires…

 

glass beads in garden

 

blue glass beads in garden

 

Little jewels to captivate the eye…

 

glass beads in garden

 

I fell in love with her sun catchers. Glass plates carefully arranged and then attached to poles so that they would capture the morning sunlight…

 

glass plates in garden

 

Early morning dew on petals. Really, is there anything more beautiful?…

 

dew on petals

 

dew on flowers petals

 

pink roses with dew

 

dew on petals

 

Julie in her garden…

 

Julie Easton

 

I had wonderful time that morning, Julie, and thank you so much for sharing your garden with us all today!  :)

 

W E. Johns quote

 

Winter Fairies…

frost on windows

There was frost on the windows this morning. The thermometer read -24 degrees below zero.

The following passage by Vera Nazarian seemed to describe this morning so well…

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

 

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

 

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

 

vera nazarian quote

 

frost on windows

As the morning continued on, the air outside began to warm…

frost on windows

And soon, the winterfairy’s land was nothing but a memory…

raindrops on glass

I’m longing for Spring, but Winter has its advantages, too…  :)

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Winter…

hoarfrost

 

carolyne roehm quotes

hoarfrost

hoarfrost

hoarfrost

 

lewis carroll quote

hoarfrost

 

hoarfrost

hoarfrost

Is there anything more beautiful in the morning, than looking out the window and discovering everything has been covered with thick layer of hoarfrost?…

hoarfrost

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