In A Vase on Monday – Peonies

IMG_5497Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, hosts a weekly meme to showcase what is blooming in our gardens by creating arrangements to enjoy inside our homes. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

IMG_5495I used a favorite cobalt blue vase to arrange white and pink peonies (which started opening only yesterday), tall stems of baptisia, oxeye daisies, tightly budded chartreuse lady’s mantle, purple Siberian iris and reddish-pink weigela, which picked up the brush of the same hue on the inner petals of the white peony.

IMG_5496It always cheers me up to create a arrangement and I thank Cathy at Words and Herbs and WG at Forest Garden, who have inspired me from past posts to join in the fun. If you feel inspired, join in too!


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75 Responses to In A Vase on Monday – Peonies

  1. Maria F. says:

    Fabulous, I really like your selection and colors.

  2. arlingwoman says:

    Ah, that arrangement made me sigh with happiness and if I had that vase, it would be my favorite, too!

  3. March Picker says:

    Just beautiful!

  4. For a cottage gardener like myself, it doesn’t get more beautiful than this ensemble. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you so much for that lovely compliment, Judy! Maybe you ought to give the meme a try, if you have the time. (I know you are super busy!)

  5. Oh, Eliza, I have gooseflesh just looking at this sumptuous arrangement from your garden! Your peonies and Iris are especially spectacular. Ironically,
    I was admiring a friend’s collection of cobalt blue vases after lunch today. She has collected them for years and displays them in her windows. I adore cobalt blue glass, and find your vase perfect to hold this lovely arrangement. I am beyond happy that your garden is in bloom and you are moved to finally join in the fun on Mondays! Giant hugs, WG

  6. Peonies are one of my favorites! I just wish they didn’t come with a side of ants!

  7. LadyPinkRose says:

    How I wish I can have cut flowers in my house, but my cats eat flowers. 😦 Eliza, your arrangement is breathtaking! Your flowers bring tears to my eyes for I can see how LOVED they are! I see you Love your gardens just as I do, and my Heart just smiled hugely with that thought. Thank you for showing us your world. Thank you, my friend. Love, Amy ❤

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks so much, Amy. Peonies are among my favorite flowers. I await their blooming with great anticipation every spring!

      • LadyPinkRose says:

        As do I, Eliza!! I am lucky because I actually have two Peony flowerings. The ones in front bloom first due to being close to brick therefore warmer temps. The other ones are in are backyard, which flower a little later then the first ones, being that the temp is cooler and they are more out in the open then the ones in front. The ones in front are really going down fast (they just don’t last long do they?) and the ones in back are opening now. More pics I will be taking. I am just mesmermized with Peonies this year. Then it will be Roses …. and Day Lilies …. and more ….. LOL …… ❤

      • Eliza Waters says:

        Yes, they do go by too fast. It’s great that you have two flowering times to prolong the pleasure. We’re such plant addicts, aren’t we?! 😉

      • LadyPinkRose says:

        LOL There is a lot worse things to be addicted to, Eliza! I will take flowers any day, thank you!!!! ❤

  8. i am always struck by the beauty of your work, Eliza. You cause me to see the world differently.

  9. cindy knoke says:

    Oh peonies are my favorite and they won’t grow at The Holler! Gorgeous~

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, I can imagine it might be a tad too warm and dry for them to grow there, but boy, can you grow some awesome cactus! Thanks, Cindy.

  10. Laurie Clark says:

    Just tonite I walked my gardens and thought of making an arrangement, but decided to wait until my pink peonies pop. I only have three this year, but I will cut one for inside the house in a special vase. Your arrangement is perfecto! Thank you, it cheered me! Laurie

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, glad you liked it. I so love the smell of peonies. The living room smells delightful right now! Maybe your peonies need a dusting of lime if they’re not producing?

  11. Eliza your vase is beautiful especially the peonies!

  12. Jewels says:

    Gorgeous arrangement Eliza, and I’m a huge fan of that cobalt blue vase! 🙂

  13. ladyfi says:

    WHat a lovely arrangement – so gorgeous!

  14. mk says:

    What a beautiful bouquet, straight from Mother to You. And the vase is mighty fine too. Nice.

  15. Beautifully photographed beautiful arrangement

  16. Cathy says:

    How lovely! I especially like the pale pink peony, and the iris go so well with them…. mine are always over by the time the peonies flower. I can also see some other favourites of mine in there – moon daisies and Lady’s Mantle. Simply lovely, Eliza!

  17. maureenc says:

    That gorgeous vase topped with such sumptuous blossoms! Love them all. I just wish such beauty would thrive and blossom in SEQ. So thank you for sharing

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks for your praise and the reblog, Maureen. Glad you enjoyed it. SEQ may not allow peonies, but there are many lovely things to grow there that we can’t, so it is nice that we can enjoy each other’s climates vicariously! 😉

  18. maureenc says:

    Reblogged this on KenMaursCorner and commented:
    Eliza! I’m reblogging your post so that others may enjoy!

  19. Cathy says:

    The blue vase is such a great colour to go with your selection of blooms, and loving peonies as you do you must really enjoy bringing them inside like this The weigela is just the right shade to complement them and your blue blooms – thank you so much for sharing, and come back soon!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks for your kind compliments, Cathy. I will endeavor to join in weekly! It’s a great meme for home gardeners. Thanks for hosting.

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  21. Sue Vincent says:

    Oh that’s just glorious, Eliza! 🙂

  22. Val Boyko says:

    I love the color combinations and different shapes. Its really is a piece of art Eliza … with smell 🙂 Doesn’t get much better than that eh?!? 😉

  23. Kathy Sturr says:

    So many hidden talents you have Eliza! Just beautiful. I would join in the meme but I can’t bear to cut a flower! The only arrangements I end up with are the ones blown down in a storm or wind. I just have to find a place to add some peonies!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Kathy. Cutting flowers is easy for me because I put them where I can enjoy them all day long, not just when I am out walking the garden. Along with lilacs and lily of the valley, peonies are MUST HAVES in my garden. I adore them!

  24. Bec says:

    I love your arrangement beautiful colour combinations 🙂 I’ve bought my first peony for the garden last weekend 🙂 fingers crossed it likes my small north facing manchester garden 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Bec. I know peonies like full sun and well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil. They don’t flower as well in part-shade. Good luck – they are so worth the effort! 🙂

  25. dorannrule says:

    Oh, what a gorgeous array! Kudos Eliza. Your arrangement is perfectly beautiful. 🙂

  26. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature says:

    Such pretty flowers, and the arrangement! So perfect. Love the vase. Yes, as dorannrule says, “what a gorgeous array!”

  27. Robin says:

    That is a gorgeous arrangement of gorgeous flowers in a gorgeous vase, Eliza. Because I can’t think of a word better than “gorgeous” right now. 😀 It’s wonderful to see peonies again. Ours are long gone now.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Robin. “Gorgeous” works perfectly when it comes to describing peonies!

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  28. Robbie says:

    lovely-playing catchup:-) like your new look!

  29. Cecilia says:

    These photos are just great! What beautiful flowers. Thanks for sharing.

  30. Rebecca says:

    Such a beautiful, uplifting flower arrangement on what is — over here in the Antipodes — a grey, mid-winter’s day. Thank you for the mood booster :).

  31. Debra says:

    Wow. Your arrangements and photos are spectacular. The cobalt vase is perfect.

  32. So very beautiful. You were erased/dropped from my Reader. I’m so very tired of this happening all the time. I’ll go back and catch up on your posts. Sorry about that. As I said…happens ALL THE TIME.

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