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LIFE AT THE FARM !

VWe start early in the spring working outside in the fields and it ends late in the fall.

Few pictures to share with you the activities

at the farm during the seasons.

 

 

SPRING

Rebirth of the nature......

19 avril 2012-St-Augustin-de-Desmaures. Snow is all gone.....

 

 

April 28th, 2012

Strong winds! Many of our geotextiles..have gone with the winds! And many emerging peony's stems have been cut ....So bad!

 

 

Very long geotextile sheetes of 300 feet.....enrolled all together..we need to unrolled & replaced them....taking care of placing the holes where there is emerging peonies....and doing it with strong winds...it is crazy...and we are freezing....I am dreaming about the warm weather of the summer.....

 

 

May 7th, 2012-It starts growing!

 

 

It is during this very intense growing period that we can see all the differences in the peony world.

 

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE BLOOMING PERIOD (early, mid-season and late)

THE PEONIES ARE NOT BLOOMING ALL AT THE SAME TIME. We can have 6 to 7 weeks of bloom depending of the varieties. And this is during spring time that we can best measure the difference between blooming periods in the peony world. The early bloomers are emerging very quickly..almost as soon as the snow is gone..and the late bloomers are lazy and wait until soil is warmer. Look carefully at the foliages on the pictures below. All those pictures has been taken within an hour on May 7th. The very early bloomers like the charming Tenuifolia (right) are almost ready to bloom whereas many others just start to emerge.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE FOLIAGES

Generally speaking, people think that the peonies have all the same foliage...the lactiflora like. Not true. There are large differences in the foliages depending of the varieties. Some have a finely cut foliage that make them look like a fernleaf peony. Others have very rounded big leaves, macrophylla type as for the peony Archangel. Have a look at these differences that we can see easily in the intense growig period of the spring.

RED FOLIAGE OR GREEN FOLIAGE

Red foliage generally means: not completely expanded or still growing foliage. But once they have reach their full extension.......all become of a beautiful green..except for few ones.

May 12th, 2012

May 14th, 2012

It is warming .....and peonies are growing at fast speed.....so the weeds. Look carefully at those very smart Dandelions that grow inside the stems of the peonies, directly in the middle of the bunch...making them hard to reach and to control. But I still really love this intense growing period.

 

May 14th, 2012

Weeding....unpleasant but essential!

On the very early bloomers like Paeonia tenuifolia, Little Red Gem & Early Bird, we can see the flower buds well above the foliage..almost ready to open...

May 17th, 2012 The very first flowers!

The botanical specie <<Paeonia tenuifolia>>, a tiny little one, has been the fastest to bloom this year!

Look at this charming finely cut foliage....

 

 

May 17th, 2012

Intense growing period for peonies....Wonderful tendergreen color of newly grown foliages!

 

May 18th, 2012

A special visitor in the fields.

Rock Giguère, friend and well known horticultural journalist...lucky guy as he is....he was there for the first opening flowers in the fields..the very early bloomers. On the picture, the speedy peony Nova with a macrophylla type foliage.

June 3rd, 2012 -Graceful Late windflower.....

 
The early bloomers in our fields Chicoutimi

ANIMAL LIFE AT THE FARM....

Many deer families live aroung the farm...and use the fields as a highway....so do the dozens of little cats of my neighbor, M. Gagnon...charming visitors that do not affect or disturb the plants. Two years ago, wild turkeys were there too ..but I was not fast enough to take them in pictures. l

SUMMER IS THERE

Floral happiness .....

SUMMER...

LThe fields are full of flower buds ready to open. This is my favorit period .....EXPECTATION....WAITING FOR THE BIG HAPPINESS....

 

June, 5th 2012 L'Orchidée Fleuriste....in the peony fields I saw Gilles' eyes calculate the number of buds...Sorry Gilles, we can not cut more than a third of them even on mature plants!

Janine & Gilles, happy and talented owner of the florist shop << L'Orchidée Fleuriste >> came to smell and admire the flowers..And bring many bunches to their florist shop for the great pleasure of their customers on Cartier Street in Quebec City.

 

Coral Fay with its vivide rose flowers and finely cut foliage

 
FLOWERS TIME!

Georgeous Julia Rose with its fading flower colors and fabulous foliage!

But blooming time is also...Busy time. We have to cut all these beautiful stems and ship them to the customers. Work starts early in the mornig when temperature is quite cold but soon it becomes warmer and we have to take of the coat. Cutting peony flowers early in the morning...it is a moment of pure serenity!

For the fist time, we have open the fields to visitors during 2 week-ends: June 17-18 & 23-24

JULY.....the end of blooming season. Here a field of Intersectional peonies at the end of their blooming period. Look at this beautiful foliage who will stays healthy and gorgeous, even withous any flowers, until late fall.

 

AUGUST

Taking care of the plants...and again, WEEDING!

WEEDING...WITH A SUPER TEAM!

FALL

Digging, dividing, shipping and planting peony plants. We also cut all the foliage and prepare the new fields.

SEPTEMBER: DIGGING DIVIDING 7 SHIPPING BARE ROOT DIVISIONS OF PEONIES TO THE CUSTOMERS.

FALL WORK: PREPARING NEW FIELDS

FALL WORK: PREPARING THE OLDS FIELDS FOR WINTER. WE CUT ALL THE FOLIAGE AND REMOVE IT FROM THE FIELDS.

 

 

 

OCTOBER...A SUPRISE WAS WAITING FOR ME!

In my field of Chicoutimi, I discovered a tree peony..with a flower bud...a fall flower! Never happened before as generally we have freezing as early as beginning of September.

It is September 29th, in a zone 3 . It is amazing...

I knew that some varieties of tree peonies were reblooming in the fall but I would never dreamed that it can happened here in a zone 3.

NOW THE BIG QUESTION : Will the mild temperature will last enough to make this flower bud becomes a real opened flower???

 

There is a God for peonies .....and he was with us last fall. The beauty bloomed on October 6th.

Another quite surprising thing to note. This tree peony has made 15 inches of new growth ..in the fall! See the red part of the foliage. And note this tree peony height: more than 6 feet tall ......I am a 5 feet tall lady...

So the beauty has bloomed and because of the unusual temperature mild during the day and fresh during the night...it has bloomed on for over 2 weeks..the same flower! The last picture has been taken on October 14th.

 

WINTERTIME

Rest, administration and planning the next peony season!