Swenson Gardens

Peony field jottings…


The sun came out this evening in all its springtime glory here on the peony farm. As you can see some of the Japanese tree peonies are starting to set their buds and fill out with some of their foliage.


Even some of the herbaceous early varieties are setting their buds and filling out with foliage. I have never understood this area of plants around our house! They receive shade after 3 PM but yet they are farther along in growth vs those in the fields with all day sun. We use most of these for hybridizing as they are some of A.P. Saunders named varieties.


To the naked eye these same leaves were very shinny. I can’t say enough about a circular polarizer filter and as stated before, I highly recommend the B&W KSM C-POL MRC nano. Yes they are spendy, but without it, I could never get the detail of the foliage on this herbaceous peony. If you choose to use a circular polarizer filter, make sure when you take the shot that you are a 90 degree angle to the sun. When you get to that point, focus on the foliage first and turn the polarizer until the foliage looks dull vs shiny. This will certainly make your peony bloom color pop!

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