Monday, June 16, 2014

Peony Love~ Rain or Shine~






















Peony~

Herbaceous or shrubby plant for northern climates..Grown for it's showy flowers..

Oh I have to add and scent!
They are outrageously beautiful.
And they look so pretty with anything..  in a bowl..in an arrangement.in a Ball jar..we couldn't get these here last year.. a fairy from the states sent me some..:)♥
My whites have yet to open..
I have picked several buds to refrigerate and make a small bouquet perhaps in Sept when all that blooms is gold..To have a soft romantic bouquet..
I learned about that here..
Thanks again Debbie..
Tree peonies are great too..My deep fushia one has bloomed.. I am not sure about the yellow one yet..it suffered a pruning shock 2 yrs ago..I think she is paying me back with attitude.:)
Don't plant your peonies too deep..full sun is best..remove spent flowers and cut back in fall..
They are an affair of the heart.
I just read that they are edible..will research more on that though:)
And I am going to try and dry a few big pompoms to see what happens..:)
Yesterday was glorious in QC..today  seems more of the same..so the peonies can have their glory longer much to my content..
If you don't have a peony shrub..do try one..I think you will fall in love.




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55 comments:

  1. Peonys are my favorite.....lovely week love Ria...x !

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  2. Monique, beautiful. Reminds me of my beloved Grandmother's garden.
    ~Ann

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    1. I hope my grandsons remember these Ann♥

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  3. Such gorgeous photos of your peonies, i really love the one with the little statue of the girl. You just have such a magical garden and i love your watercolor too :)

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    1. I think I mentioned I sat out and sketched too:)
      It's funny that little about 2 1/2 foot high statue is Savannah..she for one..is prettier in person..
      She's just not photogenic..
      But I do love her..

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  4. You've convinced me that I should have peonies in our mountain garden. Your blooms are spectacular.
    Sam

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    1. I think they would do so well.. and you would love looking at them and Meakin would enjoy photographing them:)

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  5. Some of my favorite flowers too! I don't think they grow well here though, that makes me sad. So thanks for letting us enjoy yours Monique :)

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    1. Our peonies would love you and your camera Scott:)

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  6. Such gorgeous photos of your garden. I love your little water color.

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    1. Oh Gail..I have so much to learn...Thank you though..thank you.

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  7. I also have a love affair with Peonies...you have such abundance of them! Beautiful in the blue jar!
    Perfect! I adore the watercolor...beautiful!
    Bisous xo

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    1. Through the years.. I seem to have maybe 20 bushes..most in that one bed..where they have thrived..others are here and there..they should do so well at your home Linda..and I know you have the jars:)x

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  8. Bonjour ma chère Nana,
    Je rentre tout juste de mon escapade bretonne... Je suis éblouie par ces magnifiques pivoines. Leur parfum est si subtil, j'adore !
    Tes photos me laissent songeuses tant elles sont belles.
    Que du bonheur pour débuter ma journée, merci Nana !

    Gros bisous ♡

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  9. Monique, just have to get us some peonies! Yours are just gorgeous. Rain or shine! I love all of your posts. You delight my soul and that little glimpse of your water colour . . . so beautiful. xxoo

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    1. If it gets cold enough in winter you should be able to!
      They really are something else:)

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  10. It is nice to see the peony season "extended" by a tour of your garden. I like those dark ones. That trick to refrigerate them to have blooms later in the season really does work. I did not get to it this year, next year. Is your Savvanah statue based on the statue from the book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"? She looks like she is. I just visited SC and Savannah too and read the book. Enjoy your peony season.

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    1. Yes:)

      I saw the movie and have the book on my Kindle..I liked it a lot..
      That must have been a lovely trip!
      I know it does work! Did a few last year..the blooms are smaller for some reason..but a little miracle:)

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  11. Peony perfection in your blooms and in your photos! Monique, this is the one flower I would grow, given a choice.

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    1. Such a thrill to have them fleeting though...
      Is your garden coming along?

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  12. I wish I could find peonies that bloom at different times, it would be wonderful to have a whole summer of them! It is too late for me to save any, but I'm going to have to look into the saving some blooms for later!

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    1. It works well Pam..would be fun to try blooming in December:)

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  13. So lovely! My grandmother's garden was filled with peonies. I hope you'll share what happens with the one's you are saving.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  14. Ah les pivoines, ces beautés !
    Les vôtres sont d'un rose profond !

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  15. Oh Monique...they are exquisite...this is something I so wish I could grow or get my hands on ..
    they are so very scarce.
    My goodness...enjoy all the beauty that surrounds them...
    I love the ones in the "angel's" arms.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful week in your glorious garden.
    Shel

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  16. They are one of my most favorite flowers! I wish I had room for more - well maybe I need to look harder :) I have to see if I have any buds left to try the refrigerator method for a later bloom. I hope they last for a few more days so I can cut some for our table on Saturday night!

    I love your botanical 'print' :)

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  17. The photos of the rain bejeweled peonies look especially fabulous. Definitely worth running out to the garden. I have to try putting buds in the fridge.

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    1. Wait until you see ..how much fun it is to have a few peonies in the house when they are out of season:)

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  18. Ah Monique now I wants some peonies to my my next spring/summer.
    I have to wait.
    But I really love yours.
    Georgeous!
    And your photos always amazing:)
    Beautiful post!

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    1. You will love them Gloria!They suit you!

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  19. Looking at your blog post... Then, looking out from my window... I see so much difference in colours. Yours is so bright and pretty. Mine is so grey and sad... Wish that I can be at your side of the world :p

    Zoe

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    1. Zoe this is temporary:)
      I assure you ..there comes a time when my world is very grey...
      Many months!

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  20. Peonies are one of my favorite flowers- yours are gorgeous! I think my very favorites are the white ones, or the white with little scribbles of red - I think it's called Maximus? And that enchanting little watercolor!

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    1. My daughter has those big white glorious ones!
      I did see one I loved a few days ago ..on the net..interior is pink ..leaves white!Ooh lalal

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  21. Speechless with envy. Such beauty!
    They're never the same in a floral shop either...
    I hope you're painting a bit Monique?
    You Must!!

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    1. Trying to paint.. need to deepen the watercolors..I did do the peonies in the Ball..I'll take a pic.. but they are so pale my watercolors:( And I can't do water.. and 3 d:(

      Sad...

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  22. I miss my gardens for this very reason, but I always pick up fresh flowers at the farmers market.

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    1. These gardens are on loan to me..I made them..care for them..but I know one day they will be someone elses..
      Or they will just bulldoze them..
      I bet you surround yourself with beauty Val:)

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  23. How beautiful! And that sketchbook is making my heart beat faster!
    xoxo

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  24. Stupid me....I accidentally deleted all the comments with my phone on today's post, would you be so kind to do it again ??..thank you! .. xxx!

    Domme ikke.....ik heb per ongeluk alle commentaren met mijn telefoon gewist op rein zijn post,wil je zo vriendelijk zijn het nogmaals te doen....??? dankjewel !!..xxx !

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  25. Soooo pretty! These are wonderful flowers.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  26. I love the way you capture the beauty of your garden.

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  27. Beautiful peony shots! Your captured everything so gorgeously!!

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  28. Wow, your pictures are so beautiful. The peonies are so vibrant. Our neighbors grows them for florists. I was lucky enough to visit her flower farm.
    One could gaze at your garden for hours. xo

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    1. Linda.. there is a peony farm near here also..the little seedlings that bloomed after several yrs.. were originally from there..
      It is a place of beauty!

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  29. One of my favorite flowers and you've taken photos that are brilliant. The color! I love it.

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  30. such beautiful photos of your gorgeous peony.
    I need to clip the spent blooms today ~ the wind and rain have played havoc with them.
    is this Philomena peeking through the peony? she is lovely!
    have a wonderful weekend xo

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    1. She's amidst poppies right now..hopefully the snapdragons will step forward:)
      Mine is so old..will show!

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  31. Oh, I agree . . .the peonies are 'outrageously beautiful' . . . I have to stick my face right in them. . . xx

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  32. There is simply nothing more beautiful than a peony -
    Mary

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