Friday, November 8, 2013

Inspired By Peonies.

Flowers are awesome......they inspire me all the time, not only do l find the garden one of life's joys....the older l get, the more time l seek to spend in experience the cycle of each season and the miracle of nature, knowing (in some small way) l've played a part in it's success or otherwise, can be fulfilling and rewarding when the weather gods are kind, or gut wrenchingly frustrating when they're not:-) but generally the flowers WANT  to bloom and the trees WANT to fruit and the vegetables WANT to produce.... so for the most part it's all good fun.

There's not too many flowers that aren't beautiful in some way, whether they be big and showy like the peony..... or what could be more stunning than a field of tiny wildflowers, or a single snowdrop pushing up from the ground after a Winter of hibernation.

Flowers make the heart sing.....they are somehow perfect for every occasion, births, deaths and of course weddings.....and just about every special (and not so special) occasion in between.

Most peonies are herbaceous but there are tree peonies as well, they are native to Asia, North America and Southern Europe, apparently some varieties can be par boiled and made into tea and the petals are sometimes used in salads. (but hey, don't try this at home folks...haha)
They take a few years to become established, but when they do they'll flower for decades.
They can be propagated by root division or sometimes from seed.(thanks wiki)


Lovely 70's embroidered blouse.

Recently l had a go at creating wax flowers. l simply melted a white candle and dipped the flowers into the melted wax. You have to work quickly once you've dipped them in order to separate the petals, l found a pair of tweezers worked well. l was happy with the roses and though the pansies turned out ok, they were the guinea pigs if you get my drift. As you can see the flower colour remains as these photos were taken about a week after they were done.
Beautiful handwritten envelope, it contains an equally as lovely handwritten note inside, and pretty celluloid cards that date to about 1910.
My front garden with Julia's rose in the foreground and Pierre de Ronsard climbing the arbour hubby built about 10 years ago. The large golden ash trees in the background belong to our next door neighbors' but make the perfect backdrop.

Cut leaf weeping Japanese maple, hardy geraniums and the silver foliage and white flowers of Convulvulus.

Hope you've enjoyed sharing in a bit of flower love with me:-) Thanks so much for stopping by and l hope you have a great weekend coming up, doing all the things you enjoy with those you love most.

Til next time.




  1. I see you're a Rachel Ashwell, shabby chic fan too! Love your post! Beautiful photos!

  2. I love peonies they are one of my favorite flower wonderful photos!!

  3. Ах, това е спалнята на мечтите! Много романтична, обичам божурите.
    Поздрави и прегръдки от мен.

  4. Le tue immagini sono sempre meravigliose!!!

  5. Bron, your peonies are exquisite!
    Gosh, pic 2 is amazing with the vintage envelope
    and the celluloid cards.
    I love the idea of waxing flowers.
    Your garden is looking so lovely and colourful.
    Many thanks for sharing.
    x michelle

  6. Your garden is so lovely! I love roses and peonies:) Thanks for your wishes for me and my husband:* Hugs Ala