Posted by: Alison O'Connor, Larimer County Extension
Last week we had a statewide horticulture agents meeting in Grand Junction, Colorado. Imagine over 20 "hort nerds" gathering to talk plants, Extension, volunteer management and a little bit of everything else. On Monday, we spent the day touring five wonderful places throughout the Grand Valley. Thanks to fellow CO-Hort Susan Carter for arranging the amazing tour!
My favorite stop, by far, was Arcieri's Peonies in Grand Junction. For those of you unfamiliar with Colorado's West Slope, their growing season is easily two or three weeks ahead of the Front Range. Their peaches were the size of walnuts and many of the roses were in full bloom. Just like the peonies.
|Arcieri Peony Farm|
|Peonies are the best EVER! Look at those flowers!|
|Sniff deeply, enjoy and repeat often.|
|Mr. Jim Arcieri of Acieri Peonies.|
|Love. Love. Love.|
|Peony buds sometimes look like rose buds!|
This is almost to "soft marshmallow" stage for harvest.
|This peony is a little past soft marshmallow stage, but would still make a good cut flower.|
|Peonies cut, bundled and ready to ship!|