We are very excited to have registered and to be able to offer for sale the peony, John’s Dream. This seedling started by John Simkins is the first grown and registered from Blossom Hill Nursery. It is an excellent and unique yellow peony that has been sought after by many growers and breeders. There are only a few roots available.
Our 2016 season brought many challenges and rewards to our nursery. The extreme drought conditions were a further reminder that we all need to protect the environment and adjust to global warming. We adjusted our technics to conserve water and had another successful year. Although the blooms were affected, our peonies, delphiniums and other perennials adapted and rebounded with the increased fall precipitation. Our peony root divisions were as large and healthy as other years. We are planning further changes to conserve water this coming growing season.
In recent years, we have developed an apiary. Blossom Hill honey bees are providing honey and beeswax candles.
Blossom Hill specializes in delphiniums and peonies as well as many other hardy perennials. Our plants including delphiniums and peonies are grown in our own fields. The peonies are propagated by either division or grafting but not by micro-propagation. Although the peonies are available for purchase during the entire growing season they are only dug in the fall as that is the best time of year to propagate them. We offer mail order services to Canadian and USA destinations, as well as direct sales from our farm. Many years ago, we added British strain Delphinium elatum to our gardens. They possess stronger stems, larger florets and are hardier than other Delphinium elatum. We have been hybridizing our own stain ever since. Our delphiniums have won the only two Bronze Medallions from The Delphinium Society (UK) awarded in Canada.
We are excited to include new varieties of peonies to this year’s catalogue. Each year more varieties reach maturity in the field, so they can be added to the catalogue. We now have more than 600 varieties (5500 plants) including species, tree, herbaceous and Itoh (Intersectional) peonies. The collection produces an amazing show. Most peonies flower in the month of June but some bloom in late May and early July. Delphiniums tend to flower from mid-June to mid-July and again in late summer and autumn.
Check out our award winning peonies and delphiniums on our webpage or even better, tour our gardens. We are open by appointment or chance starting May, 2016. To highlight the peak bloom seasons we are once again inviting everyone to a Peony Open Garden event, Sunday, June 11th, 2017 and a Delphinium Open Garden event on Sunday, July 9th, 2017.
Our catalogue continues to be in a plant list format without pictures to reduce printing expenses. However, photographs of many of our plants are posted on our website for your information and enjoyment.
Joe, Hazel and Amy Cook
Last updated Monday, February 20, 2017