Bare Root Peonies!

Fall is the time to plant Bare Root Peonies! We have a beautiful selection of Peonies right now! We order our Bare Root Peonies early in the year for the best selection of varieties. You just won’t find these varieties in the nurseries as plants.

Peonies are easy to plant and grow!

The commercial Peony Growers are in Alaska. They need freezing temps to produce large flower buds. Peonies will not grow well in places like Southern California.

Like most perennials, Peonies take a couple of years to get established. Don’t expect a lot of growth or blooms the first year. And they do best in full sun.

The first year they SLEEP…

The second year they CREEP…

And the third year they LEAP!

An investment that will pay BIG RETURNS!




Follow our Wagon to Pomegranate’s!

This Saturday, June 8th, 2019, we are taking our wagon and all of our favorite cottage garden plants and fresh cut blooms to Pomegranate’s in Bend!

For our Biggest Pop-Up Plant Shop Yet! (and yes we will have PEONIES!)


Saturday June 8th, 2019, 11am-4pm

We are bringing our very best plants for this

One Day Plant Sale!

Pomegranate’s is a Bend Tradition and if you’ve been you know, but if you haven’t you must!



Follow our Wagon to Redmond!

This Saturday, May 18th, 2019, we are taking our wagon to The Back Porch & Company in Redmond! 

2127 US-97, Redmond, OR 97756 (Next to Wilson’s)

It’s a Pop-Up Plant Shop!

Saturday May 18th, 11am-5pm


We are bringing our best plants for this

One Day Plant Sale!

And the prices will be worth the trip!

The Back Porch & Company is such a fun place… you’re sure to find something special!

IMG_E5698.JPGSee you there!


Our shipment of David Austin (RIP) Bare Root Roses was scheduled to arrive the week of March 11th and we still had 3′ of snow! I was pretty sure I couldn’t ask them to postpone delivery, but they called and said they were a week behind in shipping! Hallelujah! We hadn’t even been able to get up to Madras to pick up our tote of organic soil to pot them either! It all worked out. Whew!

I met a really wonderful flower farmer from southern Washington, Kim with Little Island Flowers, and she pleaded with me for part of this years DA booty! She got a nice helping of plants along with my good friend Karen at Madras Garden Depot. And Duane and I are keeping around 20 plants to plant here at the farm. So if you are wanting to increase your own David Austin garden of roses, I suggest you get here pretty early! Only 17 of these babies to sell to you all!

Shipping cost was a killer this year! och! So they are not cheap. But if you have been lucky enough to get some of our DA roses in the past, and you took reasonable care and followed our advice, you should have been rewarded with some breath taking blooms! And they aren’t even mature until they are around 3 years old! LOOK OUT LORRETTA!

They are potted and pruned and spending quality time getting use to Spring in Central Oregon in our unheated garden room and should be ready for sale just before Mother’s Day! Don’t miss out!



Crocus Rose

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Abraham Darby

Winchester Cathedral


Our 2020 Feast of Flowers! SOLD OUT…

I must have flowers, always, and always. – Claude Monet

Our 2020 CSA Flower Shares

Our flower CSA program is a great way to receive fresh, local, organically grown flowers all season long and in turn you are supporting a local farm during the financially difficult non productive season.

What is a CSA?

CSA is an abbreviation for Community Supported Agriculture. When you become a member of our CSA, you are buying a “share” of the flowers that we grow each season.



We have searched high and low for unique varieties of flowers that you just won’t find anywhere else!

Our Flower Share options can keep you feasting on flowers all season long!





This is the perfect option for those who want a beautifully arranged display of our blooms. Each large arrangement is perfectly designed and will feature the best blooms from our gardens each season! Our luxe blooms of peonies, roses, hydrangeas, and always a dash of our ‘secret’ ingredients! Your bouquet will be ready to place in your own vase and enjoy. You will receive one pre-arranged bouquet each season.
(For your vase and we will even try to accomodate a specific color palate!)
You choose your Friday pickups!
Plan ahead for those Special Occasions!
One Arrangement per Season (3 total)


We are pleased to offer a free FLORAL DESIGN WORKSHOP with each Season Share you purchase! (a $50 value)

(Open to others for $50 per workshop)

Your fresh blooms will be conditioned and ready for you to create beautiful arrangements!





A Spring Share will give you (4) large bunches of our beautiful early blooms, like our unique Daffodils, Heleborus, Anemones, blooming branches and much more!

Spring Season pickup schedule; May 1st, May 15th, May 29th, and June 12th.

Plus the Spring Floral Design Workshop is included!



This jam-packed feast will keep you satisfied this summer! Enjoy (4) large bunches every other week of our favorite summer blooms. A feast of peonies, roses, snapdragons, sweet peas, hydrangeas, zinnias, dahlias, clematis, berry branches, and more! Oh the colors of summer! This one should not be missed!

Summer Season pickup schedule; June 26th, July 10th, July 24th, August 7th.

Plus the Summer Floral Design Workshop is included!



This share will give you (4) big bunches of pure deliciousness! Dahlias, David Austin Roses, hydrangeas, blooming vines, gorgeous fall foliage, hops, asters, snap dragons, and bits and pieces of garden heaven! We call this share the ‘Diva’ share cause it will be full of garden drama and drop dead gorgeous!

Fall Season pickup schedule; August 14th, August 28th, September 11, and September 25th.

Plus the Fall Floral Design Workshop is included!



All CSA Flowers Will Be Ready For Pick Up At The Farm on Friday’s between 12noon & 4pm (Please try to give us advanced notice if you can’t make your pickup)
61430 Brosterhous Rd.Bend, OR (sorry deliveries are not available)


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We are taking a winter break with the garden! But stay tuned for the Announcement of our Bouquet Subscriptions!



Our shipment of David Austin Bare Root Roses arrived several weeks ago from Texas. We pruned and potted them and they are now spending quality time debriefing and getting acclimated to our Central Oregon climate.

Now that I am a veteran DA wholesale buyer, I was able to secure some special varieties this year! And all Zone 4! Woo Hoo, but supplies are limited!

They will be ready for release Friday May 11th, just before Mother’s Day, so mark your calendars! Don’t miss out!


Mary Rose

Crocus Rose

Gentle Hermione

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Abraham Darby


Sophy’s Rose

Winchester Cathedral


You can take the Gardener out of the Garden but you can’t take the Garden out of the Gardener!

It’s mid November and the reality of the end of the garden season is settling in. But today I’m looking forward to a chilly but sunny day in the garden. I will be planting the last of my fall bulbs and peony roots. I’m excited about some of the peonies I’ll be planting today. James Mann, a nice clear pink with beautiful dark red flecks, Grace Batson, a cool dusty pink, a vintage theme comes to mind, Brands Magnificent, dark rose with hints of purple, and Inspector Laverne, a clear deep crimson.

The anticipation of seeing these babies bloom next June will have me out checking on them all winter long!

Featured Flower


Grow as many as you can. You won’t regret it. They will fill your life with sweet color and scent.


Oh the storybook charm of Sweet Peas! They will flutter into your heart, with their fairy like flowers and alluring scent.

No garden is complete without sweet peas. Grow them on fences and walls or a trellis for a fabulous vertical display!

Sweet peas, native to Sicily, are easy to grow if you know a few tricks.

A cool-season annual, Sweet Pea seeds are easy to start indoors or direct sow into the garden. Plan on starting them both ways for a continuous supply of fluffy summer bouquets!

Early sowing is one of the secrets to growing beautiful sweet peas.

For a 10 foot fence or wall you will only need 20 seeds.

STARTING INDOORS: Sow seeds indoors in February-March. Start seedlings in an unheated greenhouse, cold frame or outside in a protected area. Don’t baby this hardy frost-tolerant annual.

Foolproof germination – use the “wet paper towel method” of starting seeds.
Moisten a paper towel so that it is saturated and very wet. Lay it flat on a counter. Place sweet pea seeds in the center of the paper towel and fold into a rectangle with seeds inside. Seeds need darkness to germinate. Place in a plastic bag (I use a 6-1/2’ x 5-1/2” plastic sandwich bag). Leave in plastic bag for 5 – 6 days. Open up bag to check seeds – all should have germinated or swollen up. Plant seeds in either seed starting trays, or directly in the ground. Any seeds that are still small and hard should be “chipped” with a razor blade. This means taking off a small piece of the skin of the seed to reveal lighter color underneath. Plant these seeds too.

The seedlings resent root disturbance, so starter pots like “rootrainers” or bio-degradable pots that can go in the ground right along with your transplants are preferred. Sweet peas have long root runs and the deeper the pot you can give them the happier they will be.

cache_3710194Transplant to larger containers when there are at least two sets of true leaves, taking great care not to disturb the roots. Pinch out tips when plants have 4 pairs of leaves.

Harden seedlings off for at least a week before setting them out into the garden. You can plant them as soon as the soil can be worked, approx mid May.

PREPARE THE BEDS: Sweet peas need well drained soil. Dig deeply and enrich with aged manure or compost before sowing seeds. They prefer alkaline soil; sprinkle powdered lime on the surface if your soil tends to be acidic.

STARTING OUTDOORS: Sow seeds outdoors as soon as the soil can be worked in spring. But a good rule of thumb is to plant seeds 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost, the average last frost date for Bend is June 24, so backing up 6 weeks to May 13th is the estimated date to sow your pre-germinated sweet pea seed. Sow seeds, ¼-½ in. deep in a sunny location. Sweet peas are happiest with their heads in the sun and their roots deep in cool, moist soil. When possible, plant low-growing annuals at the base to shade their roots. Where summer heat comes on fast, give them a spot with afternoon shade. Plant seed every 6″ along a climbing support. Covering your freshly planted seed with row cover will help protect them from late frosts and critters like mice and birds as they love newly planted sweet peas. Even the new sprouts. Mulch and keep well watered.

TRELLIS: Give them something to climb on! Erect a well-anchored trellis, vertical netting or other support for vines before planting. Peas use tendrils to climb. They can grasp anything that’s a quarter-inch or less. Anything bigger won’t work. The best support is string, twine, or netting with a grid that’s at least 2″ x 2″. Trellis netting, such as Nearly Invisible Netting or Biodegradable Netting, is ideal.Anchor supports well as vines will grow heavy with bloom.


TIP: One of the best ways to grow sweet peas is to plant them on a freestanding trellis. Plant on both sides of the trellis to double the amount of flowers. For maximum sunlight, place the trellis so it runs from north to south.

TIP: Remove the climbing tendrils as they grow. Tie stems to the support system on a regular basis.


TIP: To encourage bushy growth, pinch off the tops when plants are 6 inches tall, not before or you’ll encourage premature side-shoot development.

FEED: Rich, well composted manure is a sweet pea favorite and the key to sweet pea success! If you use plenty of aged manure and compost when planting, you do should not need to fertilize. If you do want to add nourishment, use high potash feeds, as nitrogen encourages too much top growth.

TIP: Foliar feeding of plants with a weak manure tea will make foliage distasteful to aphids as well as stimulate plant growth and keep them a healthier green color. Guard against aphids, as they may transmit disease to plants. Feeding plants with compost tea just before blooming will encourage larger flowers.

TIP: To keep stems long throughout the growing season add a small amount of bloodmeal to the soil by sprinkling it alongside the plant. Rake it in and water well.

FLOWERING TIME:  June-August 10-12 weeks from spring sowing of seed.

VASE LIFE: 4-5 days. Avoid direct sunlight and heat.

HARVESTING: Gather the flowers in the morning when the dew is still on them. This is when their scent is the sweetest. Harvest the stems when the lowest blossom is just beginning to open. To keep your vines productive, cut flowers frequently and remove the faded blossoms and seedpods. Once summer heat arrives, your vine might turn brown and die, which is normal. At that point, you can pull it out and replant with something else. Some varieties tolerate heat better than others, such as Starry Night and Cupani’s Original.

CONTAINERS: Sweet peas can be grown to bloom beautifully in a container. Choose a container that is at least 10 to 12 inches deep. This may be the best way to take advantage of your yard’s best sun. Container grown sweet peas will still need a trellis.


Sweet peas are one of the April birth flowers.

“The odor of the sweet pea is so offensive to flies that it will drive them out of a sick-room, though not in the slightest degree disagreeable to the patient.”
–A tip from The 1899 Old Farmer’s Almanac


  • Sweet peas can suffer from a wide range of problems, though few are very serious.
  • A grey, leaf covering is caused by powdery mildew.
  • Aphids will suck sap, particularly around the shoot and flower tips.
  • Plant viruses are known to attack sweet peas, but this isn’t that common.
  • Do protect young plants from slugs and snails.
  • Drought and temperature stress causes scorched foliage and bud drop.
  • Protect young plants if significant temperature drop is forecast and always harden off indoor raised plants before planting out.
  • Water early in the day during hot weather and avoid getting the foliage and blossoms wet which could burn the plant.  
  • Dense clusters of distorted leafy shoots, often close to ground level, are leafy gall.
  • Seedlings may grow weak and leggy, which is caused by insufficient light and excess warmth. If this occurs, move seedlings to a cooler and brighter spot.

Watch Sarah Raven’s Video on Planting Sweet Peas!

“>Sarah Raven with sweet peas in the cutting garden at Perch Hill