I've read several garden-oriented books this winter, but none better than this one. Ms. Weber wrote a simple and entertaining narrative of her experiences growing and selling peony divisions in Indiana, the rural Indiana of my boyhood home, and she is true to the frank and plain spoken nature I expect of Hoosiers. Early in the text, she detailed the important factors she used to choose among varieties of peonies for growth and sale, and then related how she and her husband planted 1200 peonies of roughly 40 different varieties in 2006 on a half-acre of good Indiana farmland to create a "drop-in" peony nursery. TWELVE HUNDRED PEONIES! Now that, my friends, is taking a leap of faith reminiscent of Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade! Well, except for the Indiana placement of the nursery, because I'm well familiar with the productivity of northern Indiana soils. Borne in them, you might say.
|'Scarlett O'Hara' in 2019|
Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery catalog? I just don't have enough peonies in my front yard....