Peonies & More

Flower arrangementJune is a wonderful time in the garden and with abundant rain, things are advancing rapidly. With so much in bloom it is hard to pick just a few things to feature in a vase.

I chose my heavy cut-glass vase in which to put weighty branches of red Weigela, pinwheels of Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia), pink Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) and Paeonia. Siberian Iris (I. sibirica) and Catmint (Nepeta racemosa) add purple, while fluffy white Clematis and chartreuse Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) finish the arrangement.

Main Garden 6/18/19

Main Garden 6/18/19

These flowers were picked from beds around the house, but I wanted to share a few photos of the large main garden that starts slowly, but gains momentum in late June to finish out the garden season with a bang. I have planted annual cut flowers throughout the left side of the bed this year and am looking forward to seeing what it produces.

While this all used to be vegetables many years ago, the only thing that keeps showing up is potatoes that I miss every fall, even though I swear I’ve dug them all. A truly permanent crop! Similarly, a few garlic persist along with sunflowers that the birds miss. I’m waiting for the seedlings to grow bigger before putting down mulch. I’m not fond of relentless weeding, especially as the days grow hotter. I’ll post updates as it progresses.

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90 Responses to Peonies & More

  1. Jewels says:

    Sooo lovely, Eliza! 😍

  2. Alice Pratt says:

    What an excuisite vase of flowers!

  3. Jet Eliot says:

    Thank you so very much, Eliza, for sharing the bounty of your creative gardening, hard work, and flower arranging skills. I love the arrangement with the pinks and purples, numerous textures, and that big delicate peony starring in the center. Also enjoyed seeing the “big picture” of your garden, as we see it every season and it’s really fun to see it in its various morphs. I like every representation, but June is truly glorious.

  4. Gorgeous balance of colours and shapes, and that lovely delicate pink peony really makes an impression at centre stage.

  5. cindy knoke says:

    Oooooh, lovely! I so wish I could grow peonies.

  6. neihtn2012 says:

    I am always amazed at the variety and beauty of flowers that you grow in your garden!

  7. Anne says:

    How lovely it is to see your ‘main garden’ again. Your arrangement is beautiful.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you so much, Anne. While I have many gardens, that one is the most photogenic, so it ends up getting featured much more than the others. 😉

  8. Kris P says:

    That’s a wondrous mix that I couldn’t even conceive of creating here, Eliza. I love the color mix.
    Your summer garden looks to be off to a great start too!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. Long winter, cool spring, lots of rainy days, today is in the 60s, still! It’s been great for working outside, but slowing bloom times, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 😉

  9. jenanita01 says:

    I do love a peony, and this one is lovely…

  10. sandyjwhite says:

    That is an exquisite flower arrangement, Eliza!

  11. Your garden is so beautiful and green ELIZA!!

  12. Luscious abundance and flowers I can only dream about. Looking forward to more garden pictures.

  13. Does anything make your heart sing louder than that bouquet of flowers? Gorgeous. 🙂

  14. SunnyD says:

    This is a stunning assortment of flowers. It would bring me such joy to wake up to your garden every morning. Wow!

  15. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    What a beautiful bouquet Eliza, it really looks like Summer! 🙂💜🌺 xxx

  16. arlingwoman says:

    It was nice to see your garden! I have a weakness for foxgloves–always picture Mrs. Fox in a hat and gloves ready to go out (it had to be in a children’s book). That bouquet–this time of year when you can make a great big vase full is so wonderful.

  17. Wow Eliza! Very nice! Loved seeing your flowers!

  18. Karen Lang says:

    It looks so abundant and beautiful Eliza. 💕🌸🌺🌷

  19. The vase does justice to the beautiful flowers you grow!

  20. Adele Brand says:

    Just stunning! A paintbox of brilliant colours.

  21. I love that your flower bed has a stunning woodland backdrop – it looks like everything tumbled out of the woods in a glorious overspill! This is a gorgeous bouquet! Mountain Laurel is so pretty – we don’t have that over here. The flowers look like they’ve been stitched by hand!

    Thank you for sharing.

  22. Robin says:

    Beautiful, breathtaking arrangement, Eliza. Your garden is gorgeous, too.

    Weeding! Ugh. My garden is already overrun. Even mulch doesn’t keep down the steady march of the centipede grass. And now, the Japanese beetles have awakened from their slumber. My morning chore for today is to start picking them off the roses. I hate to spray because of the bees and birds, so I do the best I can by hand.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Robin. Early and late in the day is when I take a jar of soapy water out to drop them into. I remember my mom sending me out to get the rose chafers and J. beetles when I was just a wee one!

  23. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Wow!! Oh, Eliza, gorgeous!! My Lamb’s Ear just does not come back as it should. I have no idea why. Your garden is breathtaking and I know to be a lot of work. Thank you for brightening my day!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks so much, Amy, you are so kind! Lamb’s ears don’t like humid conditions and prefer well-drained soil in full sun, needing to sit almost on top of the soil. Not sure if your conditions match?

  24. Bela Johnson says:

    Lovely, lovely. I WANT TO GROW PEONIES!! Wah!! xoxo

  25. Wowsah, wowsah, wowsah! Utterly beautiful.

  26. Susana Cabaco says:

    Beautiful flowers and garden 🌹 You are soooo blessed. Enjoy such wonderful place. Take care 🌼 S*

  27. Great Post! Lots of nice colors! I have the same deal with potatoes coming up the next spring in the garden.

  28. Stunning bouquet, Eliza, so beautiful created! ❤

  29. Vicki says:

    I love that peony and the bearded iris is lovely too.

    (sorry, Eliza, my computer won’t let me press your LIKE button still, but I DO like your post and floral display).

  30. Gorgeous photos and arrangement and a spectacular combination of colors!🙂 Always enjoy your flowers and watching the garden bloom over the summer!🙂

  31. pbmgarden says:

    Exquisite flowers.

  32. I very much enjoyed looking at this. Just gorgeous!

  33. tonytomeo says:

    Mountain laurel! State flower of Pennsylvania! I almost never see it anymore. I grew it at the farm years ago.

  34. Cathy says:

    What a fabulous vase Eliza! I keep seeing foxgloves on other blogs this year and they do seem a perfect addition to a vase. Lovely to see your garden again too! 🙂

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Cathy! If I ever get the time, I’d love to do a more extensive post on all my gardens, but they often pass peak before I get my camera out. There is much to keep abreast of! Happy weekend to you.

  35. What a riot of colours. How lucky you are to have all that soil to dig into. I so love gardening, but in the rented house that I live in, a small balcony is all the space I have to keep a few pots. With their permission, I have also encroached upon the space outside the gates of some of the neighbours. It’s mutually beneficial..I get to indulge in my gardening and they get to have a small garden , without having to tend to it.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Nadira. I remember having to quench my gardening thirst with a few window boxes when I had my first apartments. Your neighbors are lucky to have you as a neighbor. 🙂
      Thanks for your visit here today!

  36. susurrus says:

    It all looks glorious and the cut flowers are the essence. It’s lovely to see the mountain laurel beside the peony.

  37. So beautiful. I love the way you make the most of your garden from, growing, making arrangements, documenting them by making beautiful photos, and sharing!

  38. Your vase is beautiful Eliza and I loved seeing your main garden. It is always nice to see the big picture of people’s gardens and the layout of the land.

  39. dylan says:

    nice arrangement, very pretty. good looking garden too. what to do with the left side?

  40. Just so beautiful – I haven’t been in here in many months, so it’s a joy to see your flowers still blooming here. 🙂

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