Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Last Peonies of Summer

Hello everyone,
We are enjoying some beautiful sunny summer weather and I hope you are too. Today, I cut a big bouquet of peonies but it will pretty much be the last of my peonies until next summer. I have enjoyed them for the last six weeks but sadly their days are numbered now so I wanted to share them with you once more.
With my bouquet of peonies from the garden along with some Lady's Mantle I made this peony wreath.
I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
I hung it here in the kitchen on a plainer background.
You know how I love to do little vignettes so my hatbox and similar colored teapot made an appearance.
close up of the wreath
Hanging around with angels.
I had a few blooms left over.
Don't you just love bouquets of peonies?
This is the base of the wreath-I bought it at a garden centre for $3. at the end of the season sale a few years ago. It is a wire form with florist brick stuffed inside and covered with sphagnum moss.
I am wondering if it would dry nicely if I put it in our attic where it is hot ,dry and dark does anyone have any ideas? Otherwise,I will keep it moist and enjoy it while it lasts. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed the last of my peonies- but never fear the roses are doing well and I will be sharing photos of them soon! Ha!
Today, I am joining Cindy again for Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home. There is lots to see there again today.
Thank you for visiting,
Carolyn

48 comments:

Virginia said...

What a delight to visit you. So beautiful... I am going to miss your peonies.
Blessings,
Virginia

Susis gelbes Haus said...

Oh a good idea!!!!!!!! wonderful pictures... Hugs Susi

Shabbycharm said...

Soooo beautiful..♥
Hugs Bella

Jojo said...

The wreath is breathtaking!

tyziana said...

Really nice! ♥
I never thought a crown of Peonies!
Gracious and soft colors are so enchanting in your beautiful home!
You are very good!!

birdie blue said...

absolutely stunning! favorite wreath ever!

your peonies are killer too...

have a lovely weekend,
molly

Shelia said...

Hi Carolyn! Oh how gorgeous! You've done such a beautiful job here and you had so many peonies to spare!
Hope your wreath lasts a long time and I love seeing your little vignettes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I love your beautiful vignettes and fabulous pictures. What a lovely way to cherish the last of the peonies! Like beautiful music, your lovely blog always lifts my spirits

Antonia said...

I'm in love with your beautiful peonies wreath Carolyn! What a lovely pictures you made. Unfortunately my peonies in the garden already disappeared but I remember this idea for next year. Have a very good day too, Antonia

Joanne said...

I loved your Peony wreath what a lovely way to display them. i have never tried drying peonies.

Lacy said...

You are so talented! That is beautiful!

Cabin and Cottage said...

I'm pretty happy with the way your wreath turned out too! I've never seen a peony wreath before. Sensational! Jacqueline

Sue said...

Your wreath is just stunning. Peonies are one of my favorite flowers ever. The scent takes me back to my grandma's garden every time. She had her entire back yard full of peonies.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh..my those peonies are gorgeous. I only get about 3 or 4 peonie blooms on my plants each year. And this year they got hailed all over and the blossoms got ruined before I even saw them...oh...well always next year. Your's are so beautiful.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Carolyn.....You did a fabulous job on the wreath! It is gorgeous! I have no idea if you can dry peonies....wouldn't that be great! Good luck!~Hugs, Patti

Crafty Gardener said...

Your peony wreath is gorgeous.

Susan said...

Hello Carolyn....Absolutely loved the peony wreath. Oh, and the little angel face peeking out was adorable. Great job! Susan

maría cecilia said...

Oh Carolyn, so, so, sooooo beautiful. I don´t have more words to express my happiness when I come to visit you, MASTER!!!!!
cariños,
maria cecilia

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful wreath, and all your peonies. I know you will miss these magical flowers!

Donna

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

Caroline,

Your peonies are exquisite as is your blog. Thank you for sharing.

Deborah

Jenny H. said...

As always, such beautiful flowers! Peonies are truly a treasure in the garden, so lush and lovely, and they last only a little while. Yours are beautiful!

Islandsparrow said...

Love your peony wreath Carolyn! I have one lone little peony left and it's starting to fade. A funny thing happened to that bush - it was loaded with buds when we left to the States and when we got back only 1 bud matured - all the others turn black and dried up. Not frost because the other bush was fine. Any ideas?

Hope you can get to the beach on these lovely summer days!

DesigningLadyJane said...

What a gorgeous wreath! I hope it dries well for you. It made for such an enchanting photo with your lovely birdhouse.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Your peonie wreath is beautiful! You did a fabulous job. :)
I look forward to seeing your roses!
~ Jo :)

Bella said...

Hello Carolyn.. A gorgeous wreath! Don't you hate to seen the Peonies go? I pruned the last of my stragglers yesterday. I was thinking you must dry this to enjoy later... is too pretty to only have for a moment:-)
Bella

A Garden of Threads said...

The peony wreath is a great idea, it must smell heavenly. Take care:)

Southerncook said...

Oh Carolyn, I so enjoyed you sharing the last of your peony's. We can't grow them here and they are one of my favorite flowers. Anytime I see them in a photo I just inmesh myself in them. They are the most beautiful of flowers. I know it is sad when their blooming time comes to an end but the beauty of that is that they will bloom again next year and the anticipation of that is so worth the wait. In the meantime, I always enjoy your photos of those most beautiful of flowers.

Carolyn/A Souterners Notebook

tales from an oc cottage said...

BEYOND gorgeous!

m ^..^

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

OMGosh, Your wreath is absolutely beautiful and I''m in Awe with all your photos. What a fabulous post!!

I really need to try the wreath thing next year with my peonies.

Enjoy your Day*

la Dama del Bosco said...

What wonder its peonies, adore these flowers! Its photos transmit an unbelievable feeling of lightness and beauty!

It's me said...

Goodby my sweet pionies !!! i shall missed them............love Ria....

Sanna said...

Hello Carolyn,

Very pretty wreath you have made.

Happy friday,
Sanna

Suzann said...

such beauty. I adore peonies, but it is spectacular how nature gives us so many beautiful flowers to enjoy.
I don't know if they would dry well, but it must be worth a try.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Your wreath is gorgeous!!! I love peonies but haven't had any luck growing them here!

awal.ny said...

Your peony wreath is beautiful. I would definately suggest drying. I have dried mine hanging and they do look like roses. I just love the colors and your pictures are good enough to frame.

Marie said...

Beautiful wreath you created Carolyn! It's picture...no postcard perfect. How long do the flowers stay fresh usually?
-marie

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

That is one GORGEOUS wreath! Enjoy it!

Maddy said...

Ciao Carolyn, per me venire a trovarti è come fare 4 passi in Paradiso, ogni volta...

Buon weekend, cara ♥

♥ Maddy

KATHY said...

Hi Carolyn, Your wreath is so beautiful!!I love your peonies...Kathy

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a beautiful collection of vignettes of your gorgeous peony wreath. I love peonies too, and yes the season is just too short. But you have captured them in your lovely photographs forever.
Karen

My Ugly Garden said...

Stunning. What beautiful colors!

Christine

CIELO said...

Beautiful as usual dear Carolyn! Everytime I see peonies I think I should plant more peonies (only have one bush) but I'm a very impatient gardener... they take too long to grow... ;)

Have a lovely weekend

cielo

Regina said...

Absolutely delightful and pretty!

Pam said...

BEAUTIFUL!

Sandy at Teacup Lane said...

Your wreath is stunning! What a clever idea. I just love your blog...your garden, your china, your linen...everything is so pretty.

Catharina Maria said...

This is more then beautiful !
Love peonies too !
Love from the Netherlands ♥RINI♥

Georgianna said...

Adore the wreath. It's just incredible to have so many of your own peonies! Sheer abundance. That's the most I've seen outside of a peony farm we visited in Oregon. :)

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Oh my gosh! This is so so so gorgeous!!! Peonies are my all time favorite flower. I LOVE what you did with them. It's just stunningly beautiful.