Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.
While peonies are in flower they are the obvious choice for a Monday vase.
I used a large rectangular floral pin holder to support the stems. While there are some differences among the three peonies they are essentially the same size and shape. The design might have been more interesting with some in bud, with more foliage, with secondary flowers, or just with the stems inserted into a bowl or vase.
But never mind, they are peonies, fragrant, sumptuous peonies. Each year I find myself amazed when they bloom in my little garden.
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’
Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’
Lathyrus latifolius (Everlasting sweet pea)
Black-glazed ceramic square
As always thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for providing this opportunity to to share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden amazements she and others are offering this week.
I have not tried peonies since the late 1990s. They are variable here. I know that some of the neighbors have grown them, but others have tried unsuccessfully. Chill is minimal. When I try them, I want to try Festiva Maxima, not just because it is such a nice white, with a bit of red to enhance the white, but also because they seem to be one of the easier cultivars where chill is minimal.
We get more chill than you probably do but not always a lot. It’s been an exceptionally good year.for peonies.
That little bit of extra chill makes all the difference. Peonies do very well in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, where many are commercially grown. The climate there is not very cold either.
Peonies are one of our most treasured spring gifts.
So true Judy! Peonies are pretty amazing.
SO beautiful! Peonies are a few weeks away here, but right now I have a bowl of lilacs providing fragrance. We’ve jumped from spring to summer quite abruptly!
Thanks Chris. I’ve never grown lilacs although there are a few people who are successful with them here in NC. Bet yours are beautiful.
They really are!
No peonies here, so I will enjoy yours.
Thanks Judy! Wish I could share their fragrance with you.
Awesome indeed and such a treat if you can cut them so generously for the vase. This looks just heavenly, I can smell them from here 😀
Thanks Annette. Yes, they do smell delicious and they are more bountiful than ever this year.
Wow, wow, wow…like a huge pile of strawberries and meringue, a feast for the eyes. Each one has been positioned beautifully.
Thanks Noelle. I actually removed some of the peonies as it was so overstuffed.
My, that’s a frothy vase – and the sheer abundance just adds to the impact. I especially like ‘Madame Emile Debatene’. Thanks for sharing them with us, Susie
The vase was even more full at first. When I started photographing it I started editing some out!
I any flowers can stand entirely on their own, it’s peonies, They are fabulous and perfect in their utter voluptuousness, Susie. Thus far, even my Majorcan peony seems disinclined to bloom this year but I’ll be hanging on to it and my Itoh peony as long as foliage continues to appear in the hope that I’ll see blooms someday.
I do hope you’ll get some blooms on those peonies Kris. My vase is overfilled but actually I took out a bunch of flowers before sharing the photograph. Originally it had some roses too.
Mmmm, delicious! I love the smell of peonies as well as their beautiful soft petals. I am excited at seeing my new ones all ready to bloom in their first year and some I planted last year have buds too, including Sarah Bernhardt. Gorgeous arrangement Susie!
I agree those soft petals! Irresistible! Hope you enjoy your own. Nice they’re blooming in the first year.
A lovely confection – looks good enough to eat it! ❤
Thanks! They stop me in my tracks every time I walk by. (I mailed seeds on Saturday and should arrive soon.)
Thank you, yes, they arrived today! So excited to get them started. And coincidentally, my first columbine blossom opened today as well. Serendipity!
Yes, serendipity–Oh, that’s exciting Eliza! I hope you will enjoy them!
Oh, your peonies are blooming! It won’t be long for mine…I can smell them over the Internet. 😉 The best scent!
You have a great internet connection Beth!
So gorgeous! Can you really have too many?
“Overstuffed armchair” kept coming to mind. Had to edit out a few (into other vases, of course).
Laughing.. more vases is always better.
Envious! I have 2 little peonies that never bloom, though they never give up on the too warm coast of Georgia. Your arrangement is lovely.