Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share an arrangement using materials collected from our gardens.
Today’s vase features a flower advertised by the nursery as Paeonia lactiflora ‘Black Beauty’ (Nightlife Peony). As it lacks the deep rich color burgundy color of the promise, I usually just refer to it as a pink peony.
Lovely in its own right, it stands alone in a crystal bud vase received as a wedding gift (40 years ago this June).
The flower has a slight tinge of brown on one edge, a testament to having survived stormy winds, rains and plunging temperatures the past week.
Crystal bud vase
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting and giving us a chance to express our flower arranging passion. Visit her to discover what she and others found this week in their gardens to place In A Vase On Monday.
Congratulations for June – 40 years is very impressive!! I love how you’ve displayed the peony, just right in the classic bud vase.
Thanks, I never realized when I learned the word “decade” it would ever seem useful in referring to myself. Couldn’t quite bring myself to say “4 decades” this morning! Last evening I picked l a range of companions for this peony but they didn’t contribute at all once I started arranging.
Some things are best shown on their own.
Stunning! Using just one bloom in an elegant crystal vase is very effective. Will you be celebrating your anniversary in any way?
Thanks Cathy, the peony would have been lost with the others flowers I’d originally gathered to go with it. We have no big plans but am sure we will find a special way to celebrate.
The alcove is the perfect place to display this simple peony in a crystal vase – it rightly needs no further embellishment, as a number of us have discovered today when faced with greater abundace in our gardens. Congratulations on 40 years together, no mean accomplishment.
The little niche is in our foyer, probably one of the reasons I loved the house when we first viewed it. Thanks for the good wishes for our upcoming anniversary.
That peony bloom may be a storm survivor but its beauty is unimpaired. You couldn’t have found a better way to let that beauty shine than placing it in a special vase in that alcove.
Thanks Kris. As the peony continues to open, I’m glad I gave it plenty of space to spread.
Perfect, of course a perfect peony should stand alone and how lovely it looks in your cut glass vase. Wow 40 years, well done.
Peonies are one of those flowers that have such presence–it’s hard to do justice to their beauty. How can 40 years seem like no time at all?
Not burgundy but very lovely and splendid on it’s own displayed like this. Congratulations, I hope you will be doing something special to celebrate.
Thanks Alison, we still have a few weeks to formulate a plan to celebrate. Fortieth anniversary is ruby–maybe my husband would enjoy a red peony!
Thanks Brian. I’ve been enjoying it all day.
An excellent job of letting this prima donna of a flower shine. Simply elegant. Congratulations on nearly 40 years of marriage.
Thanks Peter. Appreciate your good wishes.
My peonies like yours are all still tightly in bud. Despite the fact that it’s not quite what you were expecting, it is gorgeous.
Things are blooming a couple of weeks early this year so most of my peonies are over for the year.
Simply splendid and (If I am remembering correctly?) a splendid replacement for Thomas Jefferson- who undoubtedly would have appreciated the Peony.
Good memory. TJ is happily back in his place of honor.
Probably enjoying your Peony in the great beyond.
Brilliant staging, Susie, a perfect example of ‘Less is more.’ This gorgeous peony deserves special treatment.
Thank you Eliza. The peony has opened further now and is even more remarkable.
Beautiful presentation, Susie. I have one just like that; I wonder if it is the same.
Thanks John, would love to know the name.
Graceful, a lovely lady in pink. I really love the first photo. Happy 40th Anniversary! Wishing you many more to come.
This peony opened up even further and scented the air. Thanks for the good wishes.
Perfection in a vase…and the setting is divine.
Thanks Ricki. I should use that niche more often for flowers. My husband’s Th. Jefferson bust normally sits there.