Monday, June 14, 2010

From Rain, To Peonies



We've had two weeks of cool spring temperatures and monsoon-like rains. But the clouds have passed and the sun has started to shine...


...and the flower farm has been graced with an abundance of blooming peonies.


I picked two varieties of pink ones,...


...a fiery fuscia variety, and a variety of small baby white ones.


The house had been without flowers for too long.


But soon our own garden will begin blooming and we'll have fresh cut flowers for months to come.

Each flower is a verse in nature's enduring poem.

I cannot wait to dwell on the beauty of each one.

50 comments :

bullie_mama said...

So beautiful and the way you have them displayed in your home - makes me want to eat them right up! LOVE peonies.

The Little Red Shop said...

ps Where do you get your ladybugs? I need to order some. The aphids are having a hay day in my Hawthorne tree!

The Little Red Shop said...

Sweet!

: )

Julie M.

Karen@Table, Hearth and Home said...

I love peonies too! Your mirror, ironstone vase and brass candlesticks are fabulous.

Phil and Bri said...

gorgeous!!! Love love peonies!

Robin said...

So very glad to hear the sunshine has come your way.

This time of year walking through the garden is such a pleasure. Always something new to admire. I've been snipping a few here and there to bring into the house.

The peonies you've cut are so beautiful. I really enjoy the way they look on your beautiful table.

Sandy's Place said...

The flowers really speak for themselves would not matter if you had anything else in the photos, they just ooze elegance. Love them all. Sandy

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

They're so pretty!

Peonies are one of my favorites.
Love the hot pink ones.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

I adore peonies and just did two posts on the. Hope you can stop by My Dream Canvas. I love your blog!!

CECELIA said...

breathtakingly gorgeous.

Julienne said...

Peonies are absolutely on of my favourite flowers. In Tasmania we had a beautiful double pink peony tree it sat right at the front door and every year 13 dinner plate size blooms welcomed me when I came home! We can't grow either tree or herbaceous peonies here!

Shiree said...

yummy peonies, they look stunningly gorgeous!! I ahve to wait many months beofre mine will be popping up!! Enjoy them..

Linsey said...

Your peonies are gorgeous. Mine are long gone - I wish they lasted longer. They are the happiest flowers!

Martha said...

Sigh, ours are gone -- peonies bloom is all too short lived but they are among the prettiest of the flowers -- and fragrant as well!

The Cedar Shingled Barn said...

Love the flowers and display! Beautiful.

XO,
Valerie

In My Tennis Shoes said...

beautiful!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

They are so beautiful! It's amazing how this is your blooming time...I enjoyed the last of mine weeks ago, so this was such a treat!!!

Privet and Holly said...

I do hope that you have roses on your property, since they LOVE that Pac NW climate! I'd have them everywhere if they loved the upper Midwest as well! Our peonies ARE divine, though. Enjoy those summer flowers : ) xx Suzanne

Carmella said...

Love your words today, Trina! Of course, peonies will definitely prompt such written loveliness, won't they?

Cheryl said...

Love , Love , love the flowers. Peonies are my new fave, but sadly we are moving and will be living in a zone where we can't grow peonies. : ( Guess I will just have to enjoy them on your blog.
Thanks for sharing.

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hello Little Red Shop,
They sell sweet ladybugs at our local nursery. I've brought home many as I can't help but want to free them from their little bags!!!
xoTrina

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

They are gorgeous! Do you have any advice on how to keep the pests out of them? Mine are always swarming with ants and I've heard they do something for the peonies and not to spray them. But then of course I can't cut them for inside because they all come out from in the bloom.
~Michelle

Kelly said...

Love your blog! It's one that I check every morning! I love your peonies, but cannot stop staring at the wall color- could you tell me the name of it? I've been searching for that perfect shade...

Blueprint Bliss said...

Beautiful! Wish I had some in my house now...

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Kelly,
It's Opal Essence by Benjamin Moore. I tried so many shades before finding this one - and we liked it so much we used the same color in our downstairs bathroom!

; ) Trina

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Michelle,
I got these peonies from the local flower farm and it's funny, I didn't see one ant! But my peonies at home (which are just starting to open) do have ants on them.

I've heard that the ants help make them open...so I've never tried to get rid of them. When I take cuttings inside, I just try and brush them off.

; ) Trina

the gardeners cottage said...

hi trina,

again your photography and styling never cease to amaze me. i never tire of it and see something new each time you post. i adore the weathered finish on the desk juxtaposed with the elegant mirror and the simplicity of the flowers. gorgeous.

~janet

ps ~ i've been waiting to see your bathroom wallpapered in that toile you picked, did you forget? cause i didn't! also, i remember why i really hate to wallpaper!

Simply LKJ said...

So pretty, ours I think have come and gone for this year. And ours too had ants, they love our hydrangeas just as much.

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Absolutely beautiful :) One of my favorite flowers! Have a great day!

French-Kissed said...

Just discovered your blog today and what a fine! You had me at the first sight of the peonies. Such a great visit here...adore the farmhouse and all of your rennovations as well as the bautiful peek into the simple pleasures of country living.

~jermaine~

Gail said...

Trina,

You have the ability to make all of us swoon with only a simple picture....love love LOVE the peonies, and everything about those pictures. You DO have a real knack for styling...

-Gail

24 Corners said...

Trina...they are beautiful!!! And they look even more beautiful against the pale Robins Egg color on the walls, as do the gorgeous mirror, wood and brass elements that accompany them ...you've outdone yourself again!
xxoo J~

ps - I love that you rescue the ladybugs! I used to rescue them from the ants (and spiders) that kept attacking them when we put them on *our* hawthorn tree which was covered in aphids...ants farm them for the sweet juice they exude...and they were not at all happy that we brought the ladybugs to the party...pretty amazing!

RLG said...

Beautiful. Peonies are my absolute favorite. I almost caused an accident driving by Whole Foods last week when I saw the sign that the peonies had arrived! LOL Good times. xoxo

shiree segerstrom said...

Love the pink and the mint. And the peonies smell like roses.

Deborah said...

Love your peonies..each and every one!
My favourites!!
Enjoy... :)

Deborah \0/

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

oh they're gorgeous Trina! I wish we weren't in winter and had gorgeous peopnies available. Glad the weather has fined up for you though! julesxx

Tessa said...

Opening your posts is like sitting down with a favorite new home magazine. I could stare at your photos for hours. Beautiful!

Low Tide High Style said...

Our peonies have been gone for almost a month now so thank you for sharing yours to remind me of their beauty!

Kat :)

life in a pink fibro said...

I am so jealous. i love peonies. It's cold, cold, cold here at the moment, with winter just tightening its grip. Will look forward to the spring.

Millie said...

It's icy cold, grey & miserable here Trina, our Winter garden is bereft of anything colourful, so your peonies are such a treat to see.
Millie ^_^

pitcherandpearl.com said...

Just Beautiful. Love all the colors, especially the fuchsia, I wish we had a flower farm around here!

*Navya

An Urban Cottage said...

I'm so behind on my reading. The beautiful japanese peonies you introduced us to must be really early ones. And I don't recall seeing this desk before but it's a sweet little arrangement.

Katie said...

My peonies have come and gone a month ago. There are a lot of flowers that I love...but peonies are far and away the one I hold my breath for...ENJOY them! :o)

Natasha said...

Beautiful!

Northern Light

Aimee@ the Functional Space said...

Peonies are my favorite!! Sadly in our current house we do not have an appropriate spot to grow them and I didn't get to visit my Grandmother's farm in time for the blooms this year. Thanks for sharing. They are SO lovely!

Kelle Dame said...

The way the colors pop off of your blue walls is just beautiful! Lovely pictures. You have inspired me to get some more for next year.

Wendy said...

We had peonies at our old house. We need to add them to our landscaping wish list! Thanks for the reminder, they are just beautiful :)
Wendy

Elizabeth said...

peonies are one of my favorites! i love how you have them displayed. i posted a pic of your kitchen on my blog today......hope ya didn't min:)

Freckles Chick said...

Those peonies are as beautiful as your words, Trina! There's something so breathtakingly timeless about the fluffy blooms against the watery blue-green wall.

...............cata.............. said...

Such stunningly gorgeous peonies! Hope your day is wonderful...
Love your blog
Cata from Tuscany

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