It’s February and the seed catalogs are arriving in the mail. I’ve ordered 500 more peony roots to plant this fall and another 2500 to plant next spring. The peony farmers are starting to order a year in advance and if you want Red Charms, you better order 2 years ahead to secure those. The sisters settled on two more white varieties for the fall, Marie Lemoine and Charlie’s White. We’ll have seven different whites with bloom times covering the full season – July, August…..maybe into September.
Tucked under our record breaking 101 inches of snow are the 2000 roots we planted last fall. 1500 whites and 500 pinks – Dr. Alexander Flemming. Aren’t these names great? Like race horses.
Our whites: Festiva Maxima, Duchess de Nemours, Bowl of Cream, Mother’s Choice, Elsa Sass, Marie Lemoine and Charlie’s White
Our Pinks: Dr. Alexander Flemming, Sarah Bernhardt
Reds: Shawnee Chief, Kansas, Adolphe Rousseau
Corals: Coral Charm and Etched Salmon
I’m researching cover crops for the new field and have decided upon a compost experiment for the kids this spring. Which composts faster? Chicken manure, coffee grounds or spent barley grain. I’m rooting for the coffee grounds. Much easier to invite folks over for coffee when the place smells like coffee instead of a chicken coop….