The Empire Builder didn't pull into Columbus until about 5:30 last night and I still had to get all my stuff together at my sister's and face the hour-and-a-half drive home. That after a very busy and very, very, very fun weekend in Chicago... more on that as the week progresses.
The drive home went much better than expected, and a planned stop helped to break it up. At about the half-way mark is a little town called Rosendale where, right on the highway through town, there's this:
I must have driven past Sisson's Peony Gardens a million times before I noticed it several years ago... and then drove by a half-million more times before I finally stopped. Last night. With camera and borrowed lens. It was a little breezy, though, so not the greatest conditions for flower portraits. There were a few peonies blooming, but the vast majority are June bloomers and the real show won't be for another week or two. Judging by all the buds, it will be spectactular -- and I will likely have opportunity to stop again!
I loved the old sign, mounted to the fence at the rear of the garden. The peony varieties were all clearly identified and the garden itself is very well tended. It's evident that there's a lot of community effort and pride poured into that little garden.