We are starting to ship small boxes of 20 to 50 stems this week - with the very late snow and then very high temperature, harvest has been uneven so far this year. I've had a chance to visit several of our partner growers and our fields all look the same - some stems are 3 feet tall and ready to harvest while the next plant over is just sending up 3 inch shoots. So, the long and the short of it is that we're going to have to plan and ship according to what actually shows up this year, not so much on projections based upon previous years' results.
Florists, please email us if you have a specific date/event and we'll do the best we can.
Wholesalers, I will start sending out the e-newsletter on Fridays to let you know what we expect to be able to ship the following Monday based upon what we anticipate harvesting by the weekend.
Peonies, like any other agricultural crop, is weather/season dependent. Just when we thought we had it all figured out based upon the past six years of harvests, it all goes out the window with both extra late/cold winter and early/hot summer in the same spring. But, we love farming and wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks for your patience!
Expected available for 2013 starting week of July 15th through end of August - all double:
Sarah Bernhardt (pale to medium pink)
Festiva Maxima - (white w/single red flecks)
Felix Crousse (fuchsia pink)
Duchess De Orleans (deep pink outer petals and lavender pink center)
Mon Jules Eli (medium pink)
Duchesse de Nemour (ivory white to pale blush)
If you are a wholesale or florist buyer, we have separate buyer pages, not available for viewing by the general public. For access to the wholesale or florist buyers only pages, any questions or to place an order, please contact Carolyn at email@example.com or 907-590-1707 (Alaska is 4 hours behind East Coast so 8 a.m. in New York is 4 a.m. in Fairbanks) . . . and I'm not a morning person!
If you are a Bride outside of Alaska: We sell directly to florists or wholesalers out of state only, please have your local florist contact us for your wedding needs. Flowers should be delivered to your florist at least three days before your event to allow time to open and arrange.
If you are an Alaska Bride: We prefer to sell directly to florists but will ship to brides in state. Minimum order is 25 stems. Flowers should be delivered to you or your florist at least three days before your event to allow time to open and arrange. Please email for access to our Alaska Brides info page
If you are an Alaska peony grower, we are interested in helping you market your stems - we sold for five producers in 2012 with wonderful response. We are always willing to take time to listen to your farm plans and share insight on our production techniques - mainly how we would have done things differently if we wouldn't have been one of the first growers (lots of ways not to do things)! If you are a grower in Interior Alaska and would like to sell through us, please call or drop us an email to discuss details. We are interested in smaller growers as well as those of you with a few more in the ground!
If you are in need of flowers after our season is over or if we are out of stems, you can look for other Alaska producers on the Alaska Peony Growers Association website: http://alaskapeonies.org/