Sunday, June 29, 2014

My Own Little Peony Festival


In my last post, I showed some photos of the local Peony Festival and mentioned that I'd return (somewhat belatedly) with some peonies from my own garden.



The mid and deep peonies have been finished for awhile now, with the exception of a few small secondary blooms.




It's the lushness and sweet fragrance that appeal to me and, I know, to many of you.




This rich colour comes on peonies that stand on their own without any support. Of course, I don't recall the name, but I do appreciate their fortitude, if one can apply such a virtue to a plant.



The palest of my peonies lives in the shadow of a forsythia shrub for part of the day and, as a result, blooms later than the others. I picked a bouquet this afternoon, shown in the lavender and white jug. It's a pleasure to bring some blooms indoors to enjoy.



Claire the Foster Puss has not been above a bit of exploration, which led to the strategic placement of some arrangements. (For those who have been interested in Claire's story, I'll have an update next time.)

The peonies may be almost gone, but that means the roses are coming along. 
Don't you love a garden!

Thank you for your visits and comments. Both are appreciated!


I'm happy, after a long absence, to be linking with Mary at Little Red House.
For the first time, I pleased to be joining Trishie at Under Lock and Key


33 comments:

  1. With such a profusion of peonies, it is good to bring them inside to enjoy. What a sweet parting photo!

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  2. Such a delight! Peonies in profusion!!
    I can just image how fragrant they are.
    Beautiful.

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  3. I do love gardens and I love peonies. I grew them in New Mexico but can't grow them here. I did run across two that might do okay down here in the heat and humidity and now I can't find the piece of paper I wrote their names down on. Ah, well. It will show up ... someday!
    ox

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  4. You had a lovely selection of peonies at your little festival. Glad to see Claire peeking out from some blooms.

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  5. Beautiful peonies, the pinks are gorgeous.. And the kitties shot is adorable.. Lovely post, enjoy your week ahead!

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  6. I love seeing these gorgeous blooms. So anxious to hear about Claire. She is a cutie.

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  7. Peonies are so showy and you have some of the prettiest shades of pink! My hubby brought in a rose from our bush tonight to add to my little bud vase. I love summertime flowers, too! Hugs, Diane

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  8. Your peonies are so lovely in their varied shades of pink. I just wish the blooms lasted longer. Ours have been gone for several weeks already. But the roses are blooming. Enjoy the flowers as they come.

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  9. Such wonderful peonies! ... And I'm glad to see Claire -

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  10. Your peonies are beautiful, and look so lovely displayed with your weigela! Looking forward to more news about Claire. xx

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  11. Absolutely my favourite! All beautiful photos, especially the one with Claire. My peonies will be posted 'after the fact' as well. ;)

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  12. Alas most of my peonies have gone over already with the wet and wind we've had here. My climbing rose on the other hand is in full bloom and looks spectacular this year.

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  13. Oh, how I love peonies! Mine are already done blooming and a huge rain/wind storm did not help their longevity!! I ordered two new ones for the fall - Lemon Chiffone and A Bowl of Cream. Don't you love those names?

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  14. Your peonies are gorgeous! I love the deep colored one. Most of mine bloomed while I was in the Black Hills.

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  15. All I can say is GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS!!!! I adore peonies and can never seem to get enough :)))
    Your last post of the peony festival was awesome Karen.
    hugs from here...

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  16. Wonderful! What a delight it must be to have peonies in the garden and then be able to cut them fresh for the house. A dream! I couldn't choose a favourite. I love them all! They look so beautiful in the different jugs, combined with the bright coloured Weigela.
    Marian

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  17. Your peonies are beautiful, Karen. My favorites are the medium pink (first photos) but I love them all. I adore the fragrance of peonies. :)

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  18. My precious, pretty, peonies!! I don't think I've ever seen such a plethora of lush lovelies, ever! Looking at your spectacular mosaics, I can almost breathe in their sweet and subtle scent that takes me back to happy, childhood memories in Toronto. Karen, the unopened buds look like petite peony planets, ready to burst into bold colour and fresh fragrance - a big bang all their very own! THANK YOU for this pageantry of peonies; a festival of beauties, indeed!

    Poppy
    P.S. Claire, of course, is the reigning 'Peony Princess'; what glam!

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  19. Karen, these flowers are just so pretty you have such a variety here too!...:)JP

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  20. Thank you for sharing those absolutely beautiful flowers. I have tried to grow peonies here, but apparently they don't get enough sun.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. Your peonies are gorgeous as are the peonies from the festival.

    Peonies do not thrive in our southern California climate so I have to simply enjoy the photos of your beautiful blooms.

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  22. Peonies, remind me of my friend Janet...a real Southern belle who would cut me several stems every Spring and bring me a bouquet in a simple glass jar with a lovely ribbon tied around it. She passed away from cancer 4 years ago. I planted my own Peonies, but I always desire to have her bring me her fresh bouquet, just as she used to. These are brimming with great beauty~

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  23. your peonies are so beautiful,...
    bisous
    nélinha

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  24. Lovely to discover your beautiful blog - your peonies are so very beautiful.
    One of the most divine flowers.
    Happy weekend
    Carolyn

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  25. Thanks for joining floral Friday! I love peonies and these photos are just stunning!!!

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  26. Oh,magnificent pictures of peonies♡♡♡ Your friend's words "profusion" or "plethora" sure is the right expression!
    Thank you very much for sharing the beauty.
    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

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  27. Hello Karen
    Oh I'm so envious of anyone who can grow Peonies!
    Where I live our winters aren't cold enough - the experts tell me.
    Yours are beautiful, those colours are magical and the sight of sweet Claire peeping through the pink flowers is gorgeous!
    Lovely to see you at Trishies party.
    Shane x

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  28. What a beautiful celebration of peonies! You have such a wonderful selection of them in your garden! They're also a flower I'm quite enamored with :)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  29. Your peonies are just wonderful - like ballerina's in full petticoats! I love the blue flowered jug with the white peonies - so lovely! xo Karen

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  30. Oh, my goodness, such beautiful peonies!!!! I'm so glad I stopped by! Stunning photos!!

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