Floral Treats

IMG_0452While this bouquet is a fragrant memory, I wanted to share it with you. Luscious peonies (Paeonia), Coral Bells (Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’) and Catmint (Nepeta mussinii) racemes and the very last Bearded Iris bud scented the room while it lasted.

More recently, a blue and yellow themed vase… note the Korean dogwood blooming in the background.IMG_0522Yellow Carolina Lupine (Thermopsis villosa), Sundrops (Oenothera fruticosa), starry Loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata) and purple Speedwell (Veronica spicata incana) and cobalt Veronica austriaca subsp. teucrium ‘Crater Lake Blue.’

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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107 Responses to Floral Treats

  1. These are beautiful!

  2. MMMMM, Delicious.

  3. Isha Garg says:

    It’s amazing how your photography can brighten up a day nothing else can, Eliza! You truly pour your heart into these images. So, so beautiful.

  4. Alice Pratt says:

    Beautiful! Peony’s finish blooming way too quickly 😕. I bought a ‘Very Van Gogh’ Veronica (last month) …so pretty! ….I love ‘Angelonias’……easy care….but so pretty.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Alice! Yes, I cut the last tiny buds of peonies the other day…no more until next year, alas.
      Angelonias are a great annual. I looked up the VVG Veronica – it looks full and lovely!

  5. Treah says:

    So happy to see the resuming of bouquets from your garden!

  6. naturebackin says:

    Absolutely beautiful Eliza. I wonder if in time, your kitten will take an interest in the catmint?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Carol. Perhaps, but I have a catnip plant, too, which mellows her nicely. 😉 As an indoor kitty, she won’t have access to the actual plant, but she’ll have plenty of cuttings.
      Once she grows and learns to climb furniture, no vase will be safe. Oh, dear!

      • naturebackin says:

        Our cats enjoy our catnip too. It can make them surprisingly boisterous rather than mellow though! A friend of mine used to say that when he gave his Siamese cat catnip, she thought she was a Tortoiseshell 🙂 Oh yes, kittens and vases don’t go so well together do they. I hope that you will be able to make a plan to accommodate both though?

      • Eliza Waters says:

        We’re safe until she figures how to climb on tables. Let’s hope she doesn’t! 😉

  7. Chloris says:

    Stunning and I love that peony, one for the evergrowing Want List.

  8. Chloris says:

    It doesn’t look quite like my ‘Sarah Bernhardt’.

  9. Beauty… Sets of beauty.

  10. Rich textured beauties!!🤗✨

  11. Alice Pratt says:

    You’ll need to find a second hand birdcage (or 2) at a swap area…vases with flowers can go safely in there! I love the title “Floral Treats” ….anticipation…we got a ‘water restriction’ notice a few days ago…odd # homes on odd days…even on even days….hand held hoses only…water 6 to 9 am & pm only….I think we’ve gotten 2″ of rain today!

  12. stevetanham says:

    Exquisite colours, Eliza.

  13. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Both beautiful vases Eliza. Though i particulaly like the yellow and blue combination.

  14. Kris P says:

    The summer celebration continues! Both vases are scrumptious, Eliza. The idea of actually cutting peonies from one’s own garden is almost unimaginable to me but I keep hoping…

  15. How gorgeous are your beauties! Great job Eliza

  16. Beautiful flowers and two lovely arrangements. That first one is amazing – I LOVE it. 🙂

  17. Sherry Felix says:

    Pretty arrangements.

  18. Val Boyko says:

    So clever! Love the iris in juxtaposition to the vase. Adds a wonderful grounding to such a beautiful spring ensemble.
    Your creations make me feel like an art critic Eliza 💛

    • Eliza Waters says:

      🙂 Thank you, Val. I put the bud up high so that when it opened, it’d have plenty of room. Now the July flowers are already upon us!
      How are things in your garden?

      • Val Boyko says:

        Please take a shot when it is opened!
        My garden is in full swing … I’m appreciating it now before the expected week long heatwave! The corydalis on the wall is spectacular this year, and the hostas are in heaven after the damp spring. I made a poor choice in annuals though … the heat is sapping their color and vibrancy.
        Thinking I might need to move to Mass!

      • Eliza Waters says:

        I’d love to see the corydalis, bet it looks terrific. Do you have trouble with deer? They are nibbling the hostas, making me sad to see their beauty diminished to stubs!
        YES, move to Mass, we could be neighbors and think how close Kripalu would be. 😀

  19. Beautiful captures!! 🌸🌸🌸

  20. Vicki says:

    Beautiful flowers and lovely arrangement in the vases (by yourself I presume).

    I have to say the peonies are the best though, and that’s partly because I never see them outdoors in gardens, only in the florist shop. Their large size, lush petals and fragrance make them a winner in my book. I was reading recently that not all peonies have a fragrance – hope yours are the ones that DO smell delightful 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Vicki. I love creating arrangements with my flowers and yes, my peonies smell delicately sweet like roses. So heavenly. It is a pity that their season is so short!

  21. Beautiful vases and arrangements and I’ve already made a note to add the Veronica ‘Crater Lake Blue’ to the garden.🙂

  22. Rebecca says:

    Just beautiful, Eliza 🙂 xo

  23. Bela Johnson says:

    Lovelovelove peonies! 💕

  24. ladyfi says:

    How gorgeous!

  25. Ali says:

    Oh, Eliza, how gorgeous! Beautifully, sensitively arranged!

  26. Two beautiful arrangements

  27. Penny Post says:

    Beautiful arrangements and colours.

  28. Laurie Graves says:

    Deliciousness for the senses!

  29. Joanna says:

    Both arrangements are stunning as always! What is the name of that peony? And the Yellow Carolina Lupine is a new discovery for me…how pretty!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Joanna! Not sure of the cultivar name of the peony as it was here when I moved in almost 30 years ago. Thermopsis is a great plant – it really shines in the garden.

  30. Romantic and Cheerful come to mind.

  31. Widdershins says:

    The peony arrangement was breathtaking 😀 … the other one wasn’t half bad either! 😀

  32. Every time I look at my peonies, I miss their flowers. I wonder if part of the love we have for them is that their blooming is so fleeting.

  33. Cathy says:

    That peony arrangement is gorgeous Eliza. The dark iris bud is a perfect touch of mystery. 😉 And that second vase is so full of summer colour and sunshine – blue and yellow are so lovely together. Especially love those yellow lupins. 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you kindly, Cathy. I really enjoyed my peonies this year, which lasted almost 3 weeks due to our cool June. (The opposite of your warm weather.) This next week is going to make up for it with our first heat wave. Ouch!

  34. georgiaetolivia says:

    Wow, these look amazing 😍 I don’t know anything about flowers 🌸 except for roses and daisies but I recognize that I’d love to know more and have them home!

  35. myplaidheart says:

    You have a real gift for floral arranging.

  36. dawnbirdau says:

    Joy in the garden and home. Beautiful!

  37. NorCal Zen says:

    Your flowers are always exquisite. I’m thinking of getting an app for my phone, to help me identify flowers, and plants that I see, that thrives here. I used to know about all the plants where I lived, in Sweden, and I feel horrible not knowing about all the plants I encounter here. I bought a book 7 years ago with local edible plants. I’ve read it several times, and learned about most the plants in the book. You could easily live in the woods with help of that book. LOL. I have been using it a lot for my daughter’s school projects. I should probably have another look, before today’s adventure. I know that the trail is taking us through a couple miles of meadows, that should have wild flowers this time of the year. I treasure the conversations that opens up, when you know what you’re looking at out in nature.

    Be safe in the heat! Your posts are very inspiring. Please keep them coming 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you very much, Maria. When I travel to different places and don’t know the local flowers, I feel very lost! My curiosity leads me to find a guidebook, but now with phones and apps, that process is so much easier.
      I love the alpine flower meadows in your area – so beautiful! Hope you get some photos of them!

      • NorCal Zen says:

        There’s some charm to hold an old fashion guide book in your hands though 🙂 If given the choice, I would probably prefer that. On the other hand, internet is so easily accessible. I did look up a few new flowers, with my daughter, before leaving yesterday. We did find all the flowers we researched. That was fun. The photos is in my camera. I will share them later.

  38. Gorgeous Eliza, I love the yellow and blue.

  39. Indie says:

    Two gorgeous bouquets! I really love the Coral Bells with the first one. So delicate and airy!

  40. The peony arrangement is luscious!! I will try to remember that combination if my garden cooperates with timing of blooms next season!

  41. Kathy Sturr says:

    Just beautiful Eliza!

  42. Maria says:

    Simply gorgeous. The peonies are extraordinary. The Carolina Lupine is beautiful also.

  43. Liz Charnes says:

    Love the peonies!! I would love to grow them, too, but we don’t have enough property. If memory serves they are as beautiful as they are ant-y. Can’t plant them too close to a house, unless you like sharing with ants!!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Liz. I don’t find ants problematic. They have a symbiotic partnership with the peony, assisting in their bud opening and once that job is done, the ants move off to other business. When I cut flowers for inside, I just give a quick shake and any passengers debark. 😉

  44. SunnyD says:

    I should have placed an order for my wedding bouquet when we got married. I just love your garden!

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