Pinerise Peonies are grown on a secluded farm established in 1888 by the Hansen family. A host of microclimates, rich soil, bountiful rains, and invigorating winds help nurture a superb, cut flower over an extended season — a long-stemmed, strongly coloured peony …
By Marg Hansen
Tasmanian flowers have a reputation for a wonderful depth of colour and excellent keeping qualities. This is because we have an unusual combination of cool growing conditions and unique light intensity.
Our peonies are grown in the field and in this temperate climate, the flowers mature slowly. This naturally enhances the length of their vase life, an important quality for a cut flower. We pick early in the Spring mornings before the sun comes over the hill and the buds go straight into the coolroom. In the late afternoon, the chilled boxes are taken to the airport, flying overnight to all capital cities in Australia.
In the Summer months we pick the amazing Ornithogalum saundersiae. This bulb produces a fascinating flower on a 90-100cm stem which keeps fresh in the vase for weeks and weeks. Our customers have quickly learnt to appreciate the versatility of this unusual flower.
Early in May, we supply peony plants direct to home gardeners by mail. There are many areas in Australia with a cool winter climate where peonies are successfully grown.