Swenson Gardens

Growing Peonies that don't flop

And the winner is Little Red Gem.

IMG_0625Little Red Gem is similar to Lil Sweetie in that they both are similar to the old fashion fern leaf peony. We prefer the plant habitat and growing characteristics of these new hybrids. It helps that their growing location faces south and they receive full sun. In our other fields, varieties like the sub species ‘hutthi’ will bloom first as well as some of the Saunder’s varieties. Finally some color! Happy gardening

Welcome to Swenson Gardens new Blog!

IMG_0624For those of you new to SwensonGardens.com, thanks for stopping by. This is Keith Swenson and my side kick, Redd, of course our red lab. Thought it would be easier to remember his name by the color and type of lab he is. Brownie, our chocolate lab, was too shy to be in the picture. With 35 various cows, cats and dogs (all of whom have names), it does get a tad confusing, well a lot confusing for my age. Now peonies, no problem on names. We grow over 300 varieties of named peonies and 1000’s of unnamed Roger Anderson’s seedlings. I hope to bring you a taste of our family and farm life as we begin this new adventure together.  As you can see in the picture, peonies are doing great! Spring is relatively normal for us versus the past two years of a very late spring. I will be posting the dates for our Peony Field Days when we get closer to peak bloom. Make sure to bookmark this page as our old blog will be going away. Happy gardening!