In A Vase On Monday – Peonies


IMG_8324The Summer Solstice is upon us here in the northern hemisphere and with the warm, long days and ample rain, my garden is exuberantly blooming. Peonies (Paeonia lactiflora) have burst forth this week and were the obvious choice for this week’s vase.

Korean dogwood (Cornus kousa) and Baptisia (B. australis) compliment the peonies. Since two out of the three come from Asia, my prop is an Origami lotus that was given to me just today.

Thanks to Cathy at Rambling In the Garden, who hosts a weekly meme to showcase arrangements created from our gardens. Wander over to see what gardeners all over the world are arranging this week.

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76 Responses to In A Vase On Monday – Peonies

  1. Jim R says:

    I’ve always liked peonies. As a kid, I remember peeling the petals off of the round flowers before they bloomed. Also, I remember the ants on the plant stems. Odd what memories we keep.

  2. Trini Lind says:

    Beautiful!!! 🌸💖🌸💖🌸. Peonies makes me think of vintage delicate feminine beauty 💖🌷💖🌷

  3. I love peonies! So fluffy like a visual hug of beauty!

  4. jenanita01 says:

    Another flower we don’t have in UK! That lilac one is enchanting!

  5. Cathy says:

    Mmmm, delicious peonies! Love the Baptisia too. You certainly are catching up with us now! I think my last peony buds might never open as the heat has been too much for them.

  6. Christina says:

    “Rain” – lucky you! It has done a great job in supplying you with some gorgeous blooms. The peonies are perfect but the Cornus kousa is what sets off the whole arrangement for me.

  7. Wow Eliza, your arrangement is absolutely stunning. I thought the Baptisia was a late-flowering Wisteria at first the way it hangs, does it grow like this or does it droop so artfully after cutting?

  8. Noelle says:

    Rain how wonderful….where in the northern hemisphere? I love the combination of colours and lovely fullness of the Peonies…a rather soft sweet vase of sugar almond colours. Reminds me of paintings of ladies in the 18th century.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Noelle. I’m in New England. Peonies do have such feminine beauty. I love them and wish they weren’t so fleeting, but it is a good excuse to cut loads to bring into the house to enjoy!

  9. pbmgarden says:

    Your peonies are spectacular Eliza, and that Baptisia is perfect with them.

  10. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD says:

    Beautiful! Alas my Peonies are over for this year so it is a pleasure to enjoy yours, even if it’s just visually.

  11. Laurie Graves says:

    Oh, my! A bouquet fit for a bride.

  12. Kathy Sturr says:

    This is perhaps your most stunning arrangement yet, Eliza! I have peony envy. Love the dogwood mixed in.

  13. These always make me think of my Mom. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Sweet. My mom once let me take a bouquet to my first grade teacher. She only had one plant and loved them so much, so her generosity left an impression on me. I was so proud to carry them to school!

  14. Cathy says:

    What a luxurious collection of soft colours – they work so well together and I love the little origami lotus flower. Thanks for sharing

  15. Peonies are so lovely. Very nice bouquet. (Suzanne)

  16. Peonies are one of my favorites – just so lush and gorgeous. I finally got a couple peonies planted at the house. The garden is coming along slowly, but it’s coming along!

  17. Just luscious! Kousa Dogwoods are a favorite of mine that I rarely see, so thank you. The blue, white and pink works so well together. Do the Dogwoods last in a vase?

  18. Reblogged this on Purplerays and commented:
    My first love? Nature. I couldn’t live without my daily immersion, walking in the woods, visiting our waterfall or sitting by the river watching the birds going about their business. It is where I connect to the “peace which passes all understanding.”

    ~ Eliza Waters

  19. Kris P says:

    You went big for the Solstice, Eliza! All 3 floral elements are gorgeous but that spectacular pink peony makes my heart sing.

  20. You have outdone yourself Eliza with that dogwood and baptisia added to the peonies….gorgeous!

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  22. AlisonC says:

    How lovely, it doesn’t seem long ago that you had snow and now look at this! My eye was caught by the dogwood, subtly beautiful flowers.

  23. i only recently discovered peonies – (Kew Gardens, on a visit to London in April). They’re like ruffled roses, i love their voluptuousness. Such a gorgeous flower arrangement.

  24. Jewels says:

    Such lovely soft, sweet colors in this one Eliza ❤

  25. arlingwoman says:

    Peonies are such glamorous flowers, and the scent!!! it’s glorious. I love the way you put the bouquet together. The dogwood is a really nice touch.

  26. Peter/Outlaw says:

    Peonies give so much of a floral punch – such a gorgeous yet carefree, long-lived plant! Your arrangement is very soft and pretty.

  27. Bela Johnson says:

    Beautiful images! Beautiful flowers!

  28. ladyfi says:

    Oh, I love peonies! Gorgeous shots.

  29. Lovely. I am jealous of your Baptista and C. kousa.

  30. Wonderful treat for the eyes!

  31. You captured my heart with this one. I love peonies, and the dogwood is a wonderful addition. 🙂

  32. bittster says:

    What soft colors and and some of my favorite flowers. he dogwood is a beauty and I don’t know why I haven’t added on to this garden!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Our kousa is stunning this year even though it is only in part sun, looking down on it from the second floor is amazing. They really love full sun best, so if you get one, keep that in mind. Thanks for stopping by, Frank!

  33. I love peonies and your flowers and photos are stunning!

  34. lisakunk says:

    My daughter and I just saw peonies in Trader Joe’s. The sign above them said, limit-four stems. We must have a shortage this year.

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