The peonies are blooming at Old Mission Flowers. I know this because I drove up there three days in a row this week, impatiently waiting for them to burst out of their little balls into spectacular blooms. I do this every year. It goes something like this:
Day One: Nope, not out yet, but close. It’s warm and rainy, so maybe tomorrow.
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Day Two: A few early bloomers, but most are still closed up in their tiny balls.
Day Three: Yes! A few more are popping out! But I will wait a day before posting photos on the Gazette, because I know that once I post the photos, people will be driving out from town to pick them. And if they’re not in bloom yet, or if the early bloomers have all been picked, people will be emailing me and asking where those flowers are!
Ginny Coulter, owner of Old Mission Flowers and a lifelong friend, says the flowers have been loving all the rain and warm weather this week. Well, during the week, it got into the 90s, but as I write this on Friday night, it’s 50 degrees out there. Yay, Michigan weather.
Below are a few more photos of the peonies in various stages of bloom, along with some other lovely flowers at Old Mission Flowers. Peonies are $3/stem, and less if you buy a quantity. Other large flowers are $2/stem, and fillers are $1.00 a stem.
Because of COVID-19 protocols, Ginny asks that you please bring your own mask, bucket of water, gloves and clippers.
Listen, if you are feeling like the world is on fire and you’d like to hide out in the woods, go to Old Mission Flowers and just soak up some of the flower vibes there. It’s like a magical bubble where everything is as it should be.
Old Mission Flowers is located at 16550 Center Road, on the corner of Ladd Road and Center Road just past Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church on the hill.
Visit Ginny’s website here, Facebook page here, and Instagram page here (and I just noticed her website has a spiffy new look – nice!). On the Facebook page, Ginny will often post what’s blooming that day. If you have questions, leave a message for her at (231) 499-5474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.