Thursday, May 21, 2009
Last week I took a drive south of Portland to check out the peonies at Brooks Gardens www.brooksgardens.com to see some of their beautiful peonies. I was surprised to see so few blooming, but we have had a cool spring and most things are later to bloom this year. The unexpected treat was seeing their collection of rare and unusual iris, and the spectacular tree peonies. With the warm weather we have been experiencing lately, though, the peonies have surely burst into bloom, and it is worth a drive to visit these friendly growers. Last year they also directed us to Bauman farm in Gervais, where they have lush plants, great produce and berries and homemade pies and doughnuts. This makes for an enjoyable day in the country, just a short drive from Portland.