In A Vase On Monday – Dramatic Cool

In A Vase On Monday – Dramatic Cool

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

As the irises take their last bow at center stage in the garden, peonies have taken on the leading role.  I cut bundles of them, mostly P. ‘Festiva Maxima’, after a quick but forceful rain Friday, rescuing some whose stems had broken and others which simply couldn’t hold their heads up under the weight of raindrops.

From the half a dozen peony vases scattered about on the mantel, windowsills, counters and in the foyer, I chose the vase in the hallway to share this day.

In A Vase On Monday – Dramatic Cool

Though cut several days ago it was early this morning before I could photograph the peonies, so they now have opened their hearts fully.

In A Vase On Monday – Dramatic Cool

In A Vase On Monday – Dramatic Cool

As it is wet and gray now after pre-dawn showers, the light was not strong. I didn’t like the cast of the images so I applied a preset filter that seemed to better emphasize the flowers: Dramatic Cool.

In A Vase On Monday – Dramatic Cool

Materials
Flowers
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Foliage
None
Container
Porcelain Ikebana vase, Georgetown Pottery, Maine. Triangle Blue Wave (6.5 W x 6.5 L x 2H)

In A Vase On Monday – Dramatic Cool

Thank you to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are offering this week.

27 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – Dramatic Cool

  1. Cathy

    Gosh, that is indeed dramatically cool (and wet, from what you have said!)! It just shows that it needn’t take many blooms to make an impact. You will be interested to know that after our recent discussion on peonies I have found at least half a dozen buds on mine – so that’s a promising start…

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  2. Noelle M

    What a perfect arrangement. The lighting is just perfect, and with picture perfect flowers too. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. tonytomeo

    WHITE! My favorite color! ‘Fetiva Maxima’ will likely be the first peony that I grow when I get around to trying one, not just because it is white (with red specks), but also because it is available in nurseries. There is not much selection here because peonies are not so happy in the local climates.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, I have two Festiva maxima and 4 others that are pinks. Also have two very small ones I uncovered this year that I thought the rabbits had killed. Will have to see what survived. One should be burgundy.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Dramatic Cool is just the name of one of the preset filters in Apple Photos’ editing software. I like to play with the filters as an exercise but seldom do I keep them. Peony vases are vases of peonies! I have set up vases filled with peonies on every horizontal surface this past week and the house smells delicious.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks so much Eliza. I was slow paying attention to peonies but after seeing a large grouping of them during a visit to LaDew Topiary Garden in Maryland once I became enamored of them. Realized I didn’t have to have only one!

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