By Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan What started as a hobby has grown into something much more for Mary and Brian Grimm. “I’d call it an addiction,” Mary said of the couple’s 700 different varieties of peonies planted at their acreage in rural Lamont, in northeastern Iowa. When they relocated from Strawberry Point in 2011, the Grimms […]
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A lost Memorial Day without iconic bloom...
Typically, the lush blossoms of peonies grace gardens throughout Iowa around Memorial Day. Peonies are known for their longevity, with some living for a century or more, and passed down through generations. The showy flowers are synonymous with Memorial Day. Everything seems to be lagging this year, with many peonies still in bud stage. The […]