JUNE IN MINNESOTA BLOOMS peonies in shades of pink, burgundy and crimson, others white, bending, swaying in the wind, perfuming the air.
Layered blossoms open to the warm sun, their beauty unsurpassed in the book of old-fashioned flowers, the bouquets of long ago brides—our grandmothers, our great grandmothers.
In southeastern Minnesota, I’ve found a place where fields of peonies grow. Lovely in their beauty against a rural landscape. Aspelund Peony Gardens and Winery northwest of Wanamingo.
Each June, Randy and I drive there to take in the loveliness. To enjoy and smell these flowers that once defined our community of Faribault as The Peony Capital of the World. No more. That title long ago gone, we now find fields of peonies a half hour away.
Aspelund Peony Gardens sells peonies to the public, in the form of peony plants ordered now and tubers picked up in the fall for planting then. While meandering between the peony rows, I overheard many serious conversations about peonies. I come for the beauty and tranquility found in these acres of flowers.
In this rural setting I find a certain peacefulness in sweeping vistas of the countryside, especially from the hilltop vineyard.
Rascal the dog greets visitors by barking upon their arrival and then wandering among guests. He adds another layer of back-on-the-farm friendliness.
On this acreage, at this business, gardeners Bruce and Dawn Rohl—a couple as friendly and welcoming as you’ll ever meet—also craft wine. Randy and I wove our way from the peony gardens onto the tiered deck to order flights of wine, mine tasting of elderberries, raspberries, caramel, apples and cinnamon.
During our June 6 visit, only outdoor service was available due to COVID-19 restrictions. The small indoor tasting room reopens soon. I’d still recommend sitting outside to experience the rural beauty of this place. I’d also recommend wearing masks when passing near others and when ordering and getting your wine. The Rohls encourage masks. It’s the right thing to do for a couple who so graciously open their rural acreage (yes, they live here, too, in the attached house) and business to others.
The next week, probably two, depending on weather, promises to offer excellent viewing of peonies in bloom. The garden is open from 4-7 pm weekdays and from 10 am – 4 pm weekends. The winery is open from noon to 5 pm weekends only. Check the Facebook page for any changes to those times. Above, all, delight in the flowers and savor the wine at Aspelund Peony Gardens and Winery, one of my favorite spots to visit each June in southeastern Minnesota.
© Copyright 2020 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Nothing better than flowers, wine and dogs to brighten one’s day 🙂 I so needed your photos this morning. Thanks for sharing – Happy Day – Enjoy!
I’m thankful I could bring some joy to your morning, Renee.
Such beauty! They’re amazing.
You are right about such beauty. I love strolling through the gardens and dipping my nose into blossoms, first checking for bees and bugs.
That is wise! And ants! I didn’t grow up with peonies, really, and they are wonderful here in Minnesota.
My peony bush is thriving this year with lots of new growth and many flowers. I picked some blooms again this morning, considering how today’s anticipated rainfall may affect them. I want to enjoy their beauty and scent inside my home.
I love the wonderful photos of colorful peonies. Thank you for the reminder of this farm. I want to get out there while the peonies are in bloom.
Head out there soon. Hopefully the rain forecast for today won’t affect these beautiful flowers too much. Be sure to check the Facebook page before going, to doublecheck hours.
I second those sentiments. Flowers,dog, and wine in beautiful photos this morning. Thank you.
[(My great grandfather was Albert Rohl, whose brothers,Charles and John Henry were born in Morristown (1870 and 1871).] Albert grew hollyhocks and tiger lillies in his north Minneapolis yard when I was a youngster. I don’t remember any peonies.
Thanks for sharing your Rohl family connection, Ken. My dad loved hollyhocks and seeded them next to the milkhouse.
Wine and peonies in Minnesota – my dream day trip. Thanks for taking me. We had three or four bushes on our farm and always looked forward to their fragrant blooms at this time of the year.
You are welcome. There’s something about peonies. And the wine is a bonus.
Lovely! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you kindly, dear Penny.
Such beautiful flowers. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen any peonies. My mother had them when I was growing up. She could make any plant, flower or bush spring into glorious bloom. She would stick a piece of anything in the ground, and something would grow. Rose bush, grape vine, asparagus, you name it, and something of beauty would appear. I didn’t inherit that touch at all.
Oh, Norma, if you were here in Minnesota, I’d take you to these beautiful peony gardens. You would love them. Thanks for sharing those memories of your mother.
Oh, what lovely photos of those gorgeous peonies! I especially like “A lovely pink peony closeup” … I wish these could grow in my Montana landscape. Unfortunately the 33 degrees we had this morning would probably have done them in! Thanks for sharing yours. I think I’ll go get a glss of wine and toast your flowers and winery! ❤
Thirty-three degrees, seriously? Oh, my, Jan, that’s way too cold for June. I’m glad I could bring you the gift of summer today. Enjoy your wine.
Thanks, Audrey. I did!! ❤
🙂 thanks for sharing this. I miss Minnesota ❤️️ The Rhododendron festival is canceled this year in N.E. Tennessee 😦
Well, then, I’m thankful I could share Minnesota with you today. So many events are canceled.
Oh, that was a beautiful and peaceful post! Thanks for this rest from all the international news. The peonies are blooming here too.
You are welcome. Good to hear you are also enjoying the beauty and scent of peonies.
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