Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Peonies everywhere!

The garden has been bringing it's bounty of blooms to us lately. It is such a pleasure to
walk out in it every morning and see what is new.
All gardeners know that you miss so much if you don't take every opportunity
walk around in the different light throughout the day. So many changes happen
over the course of a few days.

Even now as I write this the peonies are fading away.

Here are a few pictures I have taken while they were at their peak.

I know a few of you will have seen two or three of these pictures on my garden blog,
so forgive me for repeating myself.
But I just can't help myself.

I have one of those personalities that becomes easily addicted to things. I would maybe even
use the word 'rabid'. lol!
When I find something I love, I have to have more than one.
Yes, I am one of those who can never eat just one cookie, one soda,
one french fry,
or one potato chip. (and that's why they are seldom brought into the house)
(chips, I mean)
This is how I am with peonies!


They just give, and give, and give.


I even had to take some to the gazebo on a beautiful sunny day.

As I am sure you have all noticed by now, I love the pastel colors of these blooms and am attracted
to fabrics in the same hues.

They remind me of cotton candy.

I love huge bouquets of peonies because of the statement they make.

And this is not all.
I will be back to share more of my obsession soon.


Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

"When I find something I love, I have to have more than one." Does your hubby knows about that, LOL???
June, I LOVE your peonies. Actually I'm not sure what I love more. These gorgeous flowers or the gorgeous pictures you take of them. I can't get enough of them, so just go ahead with your obsession :-)!
Hugs to you,

Susi said...

Ohhhh June.. I love peonies sooooo.. and your pictures are soooo beautiful..
Have a nice restweek..
Many hugs Susi

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning gorgeous! Peonies, foxgloves, delphiniums and more, are slowly bowing their heads in peaceful sadness as summer is becoming too hot HERE to bear. But their beauty out your way is still beaming with gladness. You blog is absolutely stunning dear June! PEACE AND LOVE TO YOU! Anita

Junebug said...

Yes, you are my Peony girl!! I absolutely love all your flowers but you out do yourself with your Peonies! I dug up several Peony starts at my mothers old place last year. I'm hopping next year they will bloom. It will be a surprise as to what color they will be. Thank you for stopping by, I always look forward to your comments. Big Hugs to you!! The other June

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Just wanted you to know what a lift I got stopping by! I don't grow peonies, so I envy your beautiful supply! Beautiful, beautiful photos!

Katherine said...

Don't you find that people who love peonies also love hydrangea, and lilac, and well........ everything soft and lacey.
I have peaked back several times at the image of the huge bouquet in the blue pale. Maybe in the cold of winter you will refresh our memories with the image again.
Enjoy the beauties.

Old Time Cindy said...

Your photos of your peonies are gorgeous. Who doesn't love the sight of those beautiful petals in full bloom!?!

Sandi said...

Hi June,
I have to admit the green eyed monster is starting to come out a little! lol I LOVE peonies in pastel colors and sure am having a heck of a time growing them. My son even chopped one plant off last week when he was weedeating here. When I found it I just yelled NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Oh well...this too shall pass right??

Een sneller kloppend hart said...

Your peonies look absolutely gorgeous!!

Huggs, Veronique

Claudia said...

Since I missed my peonies blooming this year, I'm really appreciating your beauties, June! Such gorgeous photos. They are without a doubt my favorite flower. Now if they only bloomed a tad longer than they do, I would be thrilled.

Claudia said...

Hello June:) I too have become addicted to YOUR Peonies. lol I planted so many this year that I lost count. They were very small so I am hoping they will come up next year. I never tire of looking at your gorgeous garden. You are always such an inspiration:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Garter Mademoiselle said...

June, it was soooo good to hear from you!! I am still getting my feet wet back in blogland, but looking forward to the big dive, hoping to reconnect with many old friends, and find new friends. Your peonies are gorgous. Peonies will always remind me of my Grandmother, who loved them too and had big beautiful bushes of pink and white ones in your garden. I can smell their sweet scent still! And I remember how her and I would stand side by side during the summer and pick the june bugs from the bushes so they would not ruin the flowers. When her house was sold, the bushes were dug up and my sisters and cousin now all have some of grandma's peonies. I love that they are still in the family, keeping "MomMom"'s memory close. big hugs to you, debby

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I always pronounced them "pea-o-nees" so when a friend here said "pea-u-neez, I didn't know what she was talking about. I took a survey at school, only showing the word "peony" and asking individuals how they would pronounce the word. Most everyone pronounced it my way, with the long "o" which according to the dictionary, is wrong. :)

Your peonies are absolutely gorgeous! No wonder you love them so much. Have a fabulous rest of the week. Tammy

Deborah said...

June tour peonies aew amazing!!!
I love how you have so lavishly displayed them.
They are a bloom that deserves to be flaunted all over the house!!
They are my fave and their petals are heavenly!!
Thank you for sharing..I dont mind seeing them..even a million times!! :)
Happy day!!

Deborah xoxoxo

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear June,
Your peonies are stunning and you have so many of them. It is impossible to have just one favourite flower, but peonies are very high on my list and, unlike fries, cookies and soda, they are not fattening.....unles you eat too many of them !!!! haha
Will you be drying some of them ?
Hope that you are recovering well June and not over doing it.
Thanks so much for your lovely comment over at mine yesterday. XXXX

Cindy said...

They are gorgeous, just amazing, i don't blame you for wanting armloads of them!


My name is Riet said...

OH WOW BEAUTIFUL. Your garden looks stunning. I love those peonies .
Hugs from Riet

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Beautiful! I only wish I had a scratch and sniff screen. :)

Anonymous said...

Well my dear, there's nothing wrong with this obsession so please keep the pictures coming! The peony is one of my favorite flowers for the very same reasons. Sadly mine didn't bloom this year:(

Thanks for sharing,


Terra said...

Truth be told, I adore your peonies and the photos. The shades of white and pink are so pure and subtle, so I thank you for sharing them here, and look forward to more in future.

Blondie's Journal said...

I LOVE peonies!! The sheer size of them is amazing! And they look so pretty dried too. Your photos are lovely, as always, June! Enjoy them!!

Leanne said...

Cotton candy! (Or as we say in Australia, fairy floss!) That's why I like peonies... I wish they grew in SoCal...

Carolyn said...

Hi June,

Beautiful peonies and lovely pics of them.
I laughed over your comment about when you really like something you can't stop at one as I have the same problem!

Take care,

koralee said...

Such beauty you share my friend. xoxo

maria cecilia said...

Dear June, I so love you are obsessed with peonies because I just can´t grow them here, no good climate and soil for them... so I breath in all the beauty you create with your sooo wonderful delicate pale peonies... I was waiting for your post and knew it was going to be gorgeous and you will como up with more beauty? this is so great!!!!!
muchos cariños y abrazos

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi June,
Did I die and go to peonie heaven! LOL! I can't get enough of this lovely flower and seeing your pretties in the backgrounds of the photos leave me wanting to see more.

Can't wait for your next post.


Kate said...

Your Peonies are divine and so very lovely. I never tire of your lush gardens. Glad to see your beautiful post today it made my heart sing. Have a wonderful weekend


Julie Marie said...

Hi June, absolutely beautiful!... I have been following your garden blog too and loving it all!... I especially love the photo of your gorgeous peonies in the aqua pail... xoxo Julie Marie

NanaDiana said...

June- You can post as many pictures of those beauties as you want and it will bless all of us that see them! Gorgeous post- Hope your weather is not as hot as it is here-xo Diana

Pondside said...

Imagine - a bed full of pink peonies - *bliss*! One of my visions of Heaven is clouds of pink peonies, and me in the fragrant centre of such a cloud.
Beautiful photos - thanks for taking the time to share them with those of us whose peonies were too new to bloom this year!

{oc cottage} said...

What? That's all! MORE!!! {please}

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Robin Thomas said...

Oh sweet June. Just dreamy...

Ana said...

I might not be able to grow peonies here in S. Cali or even buy fresh cut ones but at least I know if I want to indulge in their beauty all I have to do is visit your beautiful garden my sweet friend....Even if it is just virtually :-) Your peonies are gorgeous. Hope you are doing well.

Hugs and Kisses,

Diane said...

Our peonies are long gone June, so thanks for sharing these gorgeous beauties. They're such beautiful and fragrant flowers. Beautiful. Diane

oldgreymare said...

peony heaven for a peony addict

So gorgeous we could all cry.

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh sweet June....they are absolutely MAGICAL!!!! Peonies are my very favorite and I look forward to your gorgeous posts of them ~ and even to see them dried makes me swoon!!! You are in your element girl, you have the greenest thumb that there is ~ thank you always for sharing the beauty that surrounds you dear friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Lisa said...

Thanks, June, I can actually smell the fragrance!

Be well,

Draffin Bears said...

Hi June,

What a wonderful obsession you have!
I adore your pretty peonies, the soft and gorgeous pink, is magical.
thanks for sharing all this beauty.
Hope that you are feeling better and having a great week


Tootsie said...

what an absolutely beautiful post! Your blog is fantastic and I will visit regularly!!!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hello dear June,
just catching up.Oh, I love peonies and yours are gorgeous!!
I can't get enough of them, so please show us more.Hope all is well.Have a wonderful weekend.

Erica said...

I love peonies! And your pictures are so beautiful..

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Barbara said...

Hy, your peonies are just wonderful and I give you right, every hour in the garden has an other light and so the flowers have an other aspect and have to been photographed every time! I do the same with our roses in the garden!
I am a fanatic of roses!
Enjoy plenty of your time in the garden, regards, Barbara from Switzerland

Custom Comforts said...

Oh June ~ your peonies are so beautiful!!! Ours are long gone so it is so nice of you to share yours with us. Everything seems to be prettier in your garden where the summers are cooler. We're in the midst of a nasty heat wave which is stiffling for everything that must live outside. Your pillows and fabrics are such perfect companions for your peonies. Wish I could see them all in person.


Deb said...

Good Morning June
Your peony & garden photos are stunning! Our peony have long faded so it was wonderful to see yours ♥

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Oh they are so beautiful. I so enjoy seeing your pics as our's are long gone for this year. The peony is one of my favorites and we bought 2 of the itoh peonies this year. I can't wait for them to bloom next year and share pictures. Have a wonderful weekend.


Betty Jo said...

OMGosh! Those are gorgeous. Love, love, love your photos. I remember the very first peonies I ever saw blooming, when we moved from FL to NC. I was instantly in love!! ♥

Reading Tea Leaves said...

Dear June

I haven't had a chance before now to wish you well after your op. I hope everything went well and that you are fighting fit once again!

Oh yes Peoonies. They are such a beautiful flower - like delicate tissue paper. I love your fabrics too - they go so well together.

Take it easy and have a wonderful weekend.


Catherine said...

Your peonies are beatiful, so are your pictures. Ours were in bloom in April, it's already finished and did not last for long because we had hot weather in april, which is unusual.

Wendy & Megan Chamberlain said...

Hi June
I have been waiting for your pics of peonies, they are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. They really flourish in your garden.
My humble plant produced only two flowers this year. As we rent I have been growing it in a pot but I think next summer I must plant it out. I can always dig it up if I move.
Hope you are now fully recovered and feeling great again.

Shabby soul said...

Darling June, every thing is so stunning, soft, heavenly in your home and garden!
I've seen your other blog, but I wasn't able to leave a message ...
I saved so many photos: your garden is a dream!
Have a peaceful WE

Victorian1885 said...

Good evening June
You always have the most beautiful peonies! I always thought roses were my favorite flowers but when I see your photos I lean towards the peonies! We are settling in nicely in our new Condo and anxious to have the new owner of our home take it over Aug 1st. I will be happy to give up my garden and yard work and share in the beauty of yours! Have a great Summer my friend!


spray paint respirator said...

I just stumbled onto your beautiful arrangement of flowers blog, through "Other Peoples Flowers" blog.
I impressed with your mixed media art.

Unknown said...

Ohh, swoon! They are over the moon & back gorgeous, June. One day I will see your beauty in person ... I will.

You may wish to read what I shared of you today ...

Recouping from my nose cancer surgery today. Yesterday was rough.

Glad to see you are coming along well. All my love ...

A New England Life said...

Oh my, these photos are so gorgeous! I hope you wouldn't mind if I use one or two as my desktop background. How I miss the sweet smell of Peonies.

I have an addiction with my garden too but my husband hates it because he has to help me move things around. Maybe one day I'll have as many peonies as you do! I'd like a lot of Roses too! And Hydrangea's. And . . . well, see?

MJ Ornaments said...

Xo Martha

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Simply beautiful June!

Barbara said...

Such a lovely flower! I remember arriving in Paris years ago where my daughter was living at the time. I walked into her little apartment on the west bank and there was a huge glass bowl of peonies, falling every which way! Charming and such a beautiful welcome to an enchanting city!

Patti -Truly Tattered said...

Hi June! Peonies are my favorite flower on Earth! By far! No other compares in my mind. To see them growing would be a dream come true. We can not get them to grown here in California but we can buy cut ones and I do whenever possible! Enjoy yours and I am happy you get to grow them right in your yard!

Anonymous said...

So very beautiful! I cannot grow them here, so I'll just linger a while and enjoy yours, K?
Happy weekend to you & yours, June!
~ Zuzu

Lovey said...

The most beautiful flowers...Oh June...only YOU can grow such beauty!

mudderbear said...

You cannot post too many pictures of peonies. They are the most beautiful of all. I could look at these all day.
thank you for sharing.

Monica said...

Aaah June... I'm hopping on a plane! It would be incredible to meet you in your amazing garden!!
I popped by just to say that I was thinking of you. And that your garden and pictures often come to my mind and I have to come here and have a second look- they make my heart smile big!
Monica xo

Rebecca said...

HI June
I can't believe you have peonies blooming in July!
They are gorgeous, I appreciate your pictures so much. I missed my blooms when I was in Washington for a month.
Hope you are well and in your garden but not overdoing
Blessings today

Rebecca Nelson said...

JunieGirl...I want you to know your flowers are the best I've ever seen. :) My hydrangeas actually grew this year and I thought they had died-ed. :( I am so happy. Will never have a garden like yours but I'd be happy with one fourth of the beauty.

Love you~Rebecca

Bumpkin Hill said...

oh what a dream, now I must fill my garden with peonies one day too! Just adore them, especially alongside your pretty pillows, thank you for letting me escape into your beautiful world just for a moment xx

Dorthe said...

June, they are fabolous-beautiful-silky-soft,-and so gorgeus-
your garden must be a wonderful place to walk,and experience.

Cindy said...

I found your blog today and I am so glad I did! It is so lovely! I love looking at all your beautiful flowers. I dream of having an English garden, but here in Central Texas, I doubt that will happen any time soon! I look forward to reading more of your blog!

victorian parlor II said...

What a wonderful obsession to have. The peonies are gorgeous-thanks for sharing:)!



Erica said...

What a dream, now I must fill my garden with peonies one day too!

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Fete et Fleur said...

Big SIGH!!!

I love this beautiful flower. Like the rose it is a classic beauty. I have one peony bush. It only gives me five blooms at the most every year. Only five, but they are a bountiful harvest to my heart.


The Rustic Victorian said...

oh my, they are better than chocolate, yes, better.

Vintage Home said...

Stunning...and that is not enough said.

Barbara said...

Hy June, Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog! I will try to translate my future comments on my blog, so that you can follow them a little better;-)
The name of your blog is so lovely - I like it so much!
Enjoy the rest of the week, bye, Barbara from Switzerland

Unknown said...

i just adore peonies! yours are lovely in that bucket and , well, everywhere! I'm pinning away here! Also, merci for taking a tour of my creative haven and for your sweet words! :)

Dagmar said...

Hi June,
I read your comment on Suzanne's blog and what a wonderful surprise your blog is...The peonies are just amazing....and you are right...they just give and give and give...I will come back and visit you often!

Diana`s said...

dearest June...very beautiful pictures of your peonies...
i love them too.I hope you enjoy the summer, we in denmark,specially to day,and hopefully toorrow as well..we have got lots of rain this summer,so all my plants are not looking good :0)) hug from Diana.

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

June, you have my heart for colors and flowers....oh so beautiful.
How I miss my peonies from Indiana..they grew so well there too.
How forturnate you are my friend.
You have a gardners paradise.


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Spectacular! June, The peonies are gorgeous and your pictures are always so beautiful. The photo of flowers in the bucket with the fabric in the background is stunning.

Yvonne - Frl. Klein said...

Dear June,
what stunning photos! Peonies are my favorite flowers, especially in this light pink!
Have a wonderful weekend,

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

We don't grow peonies here, and I find them just luscious. I'm so glad you love taking lots of pictures of them, June! But your shots are so much more even than the Peonies. They are transcendant. So much beauty.

Betty Jo said...

June I sent you an email. ♥

Heaven's Walk said...

Well, June....we share A LOT of loves! Peonies (never can get enough of them packed into my garden or in my house), pastels, buckets, gardening, and of course, potato chips and french fries. lol! Your photos are truly stunning and make me miss my peonies - my fav flower ever! :)

xoxo laurie

Vintage Home said...

Thanks for dropping by June!

Felicity said...




xx Felicity

privatdetektiv said...

Gorgeous collection of beautiful flowers. Spring is such a beautiful time to take photographs of awesome flowers or nature colours. I like those pink and white flowers too much.