Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
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The peonies are blooming at Old Mission Flowers, and they are absolutely gorgeous. Owner Ginny Coulter says they’re blooming faster than normal this year because of the continual 80- and 90-degree temperatures.

She adds that there are a lot of parties happening lately and folks gathering flowers for such, “so if you want some, come early and select soft buds that will open in your vase.”

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The peony pictured below, based on Ginny’s Facebook post, is one of her “Itoh” Peonies, named after Toichi Itoh, a Japanese breeder who hybridized an herbaceous peony with a tree peony in the late 1940s. Sadly, Toichi Itoh died before he saw his new hybrids flower. The foliage is quite different from regular herbaceous peonies and the flowers are exotic.

Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Itoh Peony at Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

Here are a couple of other peonies at Old Mission Flowers…

Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

For the longest vase life, Ginny says, it’s best to pick peonies in the morning on the day that you think they’ll open. So the buds should be showing color and have started to open or be “soft.”

Keep them in deep water in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. They may be stored in a refrigerator, but should be kept away from fruits and vegetables that give off ethylene.

Old Mission Flowers boasts more than 30 kinds of peonies, and Ginny has ordered eight more that will bloom in a couple of years. Peonies are $3 per stem or 7 for $20.

Old Mission Flowers is located on the corner of Center Road and Ladd Road. The address is 16550 Center Road, but the driveway is located on Ladd Road across from the Ogdensburg Cemetery. Hours are dawn to dusk every day.

By the way, Ginny has a brand new flower cooler, so be sure and check that out when you stop by. Also, follow Old Mission Flowers on Instagram and Facebook.

Below is a picture I took of Ginny on April 26. I was headed to the North End for a hike and saw her out weeding the flower bed along Center Road. You can see there are flowers blooming, but it had snowed that morning, covering a few cherry blossoms in the process.

Ginny Coulter, owner of Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Ginny Coulter, owner of Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

And here are a few more photos from a couple of days ago. I always say how peaceful it is in Ginny’s garden, so if you feel stressed out, I highly recommend spending a little time there to decompress.

It’s been such a joy to watch her grow this beautiful flower business since opening in 2015, about the same time I started Old Mission Gazette.

Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Old Mission Flowers on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the nice article Jane! The Itoh peony is the one in the picture below, so you may want to correct that.

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