Friday, June 9, 2017

Peonies in Every Color

June in the Mohawk Valley means strawberries, Farmers’ Markets and at Hamilton College – scores of blooming, lush and colorful peonies. From the brilliantly crimson Alexander Woollcott to the aptly named Daffodil, the lush flowers are flourishing in Hamilton’s Grant Garden. The 19 herbaceous and 49 Saunders’ tree peonies are in bloom in Hamilton’s Grant Garden.

Many are peaking right now, and I enjoyed them on my weekly walk. Professor of Chemistry A.P. Saunders hybridized the peonies from 1920 to 1940 on College Hill. His work with tree peonies — which resulted in 73 named varieties — was a notable achievement. With the help of the American Peony Society, Hamilton College has collected and displayed as many of the remaining Saunders’ tree peonies as can be recovered.

This is a real treasure in my area, and I'm happy to share it with you.
Thanks for stopping by!
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Those are beautiful, and I really think I need some peonies in my garden! I wasn't sure what college grounds you nephew went to school there, graduated a couple years ago. He and his family live in Stony Point. Another small world moment. :)

  2. What a beautiful garden, Deb! You are lucky to be close enough to enjoy this brief moment of blooming beauty on the grounds. Tonight is the Strawberry Full Moon, named because it is time to pick the strawberries! Hope you find some juicy ones near you. Linda

  3. I enjoyed seeing all the peony varieties on your walk around the college grounds, Debbie. You must love strolling around those beautiful walkways.
    Hope you have a beautiful weekend, my friend. xx

  4. I LOVE peonies. I am waiting for most of mine to bloom. Great photos. Have a great weekend!

  5. I have peony envy! I went to Trader Joe's earlier in the week, but still none. They said check today. I did buy some at Whole Foods last week. They were a better price, but mostly all that is available here this year is by the stem at $6-$8 a stem. ;-(
    You have a gold mine growing in your garden. I love the color of the first one. So unusual!
    Have a great day. I'll be dreaming of your peonies.

  6. How incredible! What a glorious place to take a walk Deb!

  7. How great to see so many in bloom!
    My singles are blooming and or spent..the frills are about to happen.
    It's a good yr for Irises in my climate:)

  8. Oh how I love just one stem let alone all of these. What a gorgeous place to walk. Thanks for sharing all this loveliness. Happy summer, sorry I'm late, we've been on the road.........Hugs......


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