Every Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase with materials selected from our gardens.
Today’s vase features the last of the peonies. Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’ has had a good run this spring.
P. ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ did not have many flowers this year, but I did not mind cutting them. The weather has turned hot and dry so they will not last well outdoors. I went ahead and prepared this vase on Wednesday. (Update: Saturday night brought a nice rain, but more would be welcome.)
I used an orangey-pink snapdragon and a few newly flowering Bachelor’s Buttons to provide some relief from all the pink.
Centaurea cyanus ‘Blue Boy’ (Bachelor’s Button, Cornflower)
Paeonia lactiflora ‘Sarah Bernhardt’
Paeonia ‘Madame Emile Debatene’
Perennial Everlasting Sweet Pea
Red/black raku vase, Charles Chrisco, Chrisco’s Pottery—Seagrove Potters
Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for hosting each week. Visit her blog to see her vase and check out those of other gardeners from around the world.
Perfect peonies you have a lovely collections, and you have chosen a delightful array of flowers to complement them.
Thanks Noelle, peonies are good some years, depending on the weather. It’s been a mix this season. Usually I collect some buds in marshmallow stage and refrigerate them for later, but rains (which were otherwise welcome) turned many of the later ones brown.
‘Madame Emile Debatene’ is a glorious peony, Susie, but the very common (in the UK at least) ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ is pretty too. The splashes of orange and blue work surprisingly well alongside the pinks, and I have always liked this ribbed spherical vase of yours. Hope you get more rain!!
‘Sarah Bernhardt’ is very often seen in gardens here too Cathy. This one was a passalong.
What a beautiful coloured snapdragon! We have been on the look out for this particular colour but no luck yet.
I hope you locate a snapdragon with the desired palette. This one has survived several years in an outdoor pot and came without a name.
Your peonies look beautiful, Susie, but I’m sorry the hot, dry weather is cutting into what should be their season. We’ve had the opposite problem with the weather remaining cool and damp.
Thanks Kris. Maybe one day we can order up the weather we want.
Sarah Bernhard is definitely one of the loveliest peonies, and I love all the additions softening the sugary pink too. The peony buds are about to burst here too, but my snapdragons have finally succumbed to a damp cold winter. I must look out for some new ones – that colour is gorgeous. 😃
Cathy, do you sow seeds for snapdragons? I usually buy plants in autumn and enjoy them a few weeks before the cold gets them; then they fill out again in spring. Didn’t get any last autumn though.This is one that survived from several years ago. I wanted to tell you I actually saw P. ‘Coral Charm’ for sale in a grocery store before Mother’s Day, labeled as such which is highly unusual. They were pretty well opened so I wouldn’t have expected them to last very well, but thought it was interesting.
The only peonies I have seen on sale here are most probably Sarah Bernhard. 😃 i have sown Snapdragons (in the spring) in the past – really easy and quick to grow. The plants they sell here in spring are always sold as tiny mixed plug plants so you don’t know what colours you are getting! Sometimes I find a larger flowering plant later in early summer. They don’t reliably overwinter here, so I have been lucky to have two or three plants survive two winters. Haven’t found any seedlings yet though. I must put seeds on my list for next year!
The Coral Delights were being sold as cut flowers. Very surprised. Thanks for the tips on growing snapdragons.
When pink is that beautiful, more is…more!
Thanks! Sometimes I say I’m not a fan of pink but then the peonies or roses bloom. Who could resist!
That orangey snap is fabulous against the pink peonies!
Thanks Donna! I’ve always liked pops of orange in arrangements. Who knew they could work with pink so easily.
Beautiful pink peonies Susie and I like the pop of orange and blue too for contrast. Hope that you’ve either had/get that extra rainfall you’re hoping for. Here we’ve just about managed our first consecutive three dry days for some considerable time 😂
Thank you Anna. Would that we could trade off extra rain or sun! We had forecasts of thunderstorms tonight but dry as can be. I used to avoid watering but this year I am trying to keep the plants healthy as possible.
peonies are still enviable. I saw some growing in the Pacific Northwest, but left before they bloomed.
Sorry you missed seeing them in PNW. They are a treat.
Oh, there is no need to be sorry. There was plenty of other compelling vegetation. Besides, because I wanted to prune apple trees, I wanted to get there when I did, prior to the bloom of the apple trees.