With some free time on a Saturday afternoon the other day, my friends and I decided to check out the peonies in bloom at CharMarron Peony Garden in the hills of San Jose. Yes, San Jose has hills. I don't remember the names of every type of flower so here are some photos. Peonies have a short season so be sure to check out the website to see what's in bloom. Entrance is free. The drive up is a windy one way road. You can buy a few stems or potted plants. It's more of a place to buy rather than an elaborate garden for walking but it's still an enjoyable experience, especially for peony lovers.
On the drive back down, we pulled over at a scenic overlook and took in the fresh air and Silicon Valley views.
We had spotted Nola's Iris Garden on the way up and made a point to stop by. Iris names are funny. One was called the Taco Supreme.