Gather Ye Peonies While Ye May


I’m gathering my Peonies while I may,

with the unpredictable weather~


Admiring their showy display and

vivid color before they fade as quickly as

 a pair of brand new gardening gloves  :)


Our peonies usually bloom around the beginning of May.

They’re a little later this year with the colder

than normal early spring temperatures.


 Whenever they bloom you can bet that

 heavy rain showers are sure to follow

 and pummel them~


So while they’re here I’m enjoying

 their heady fragrance and lush blooms!





In celebration of Peony Season and the 100-year anniversary of the first true Perfect Mason pint jar, I’m sharing some Ball Jar Love and giving away 2 sets of 6 Ball Heritage Collection Mason Jars! Heritage jars are tinted with antique blue with the Ball logo embossed on front and the 100-year anniversary dates embossed on back.

Anniversary Ball Jar Giveaway

Perfect for modern standards, quality, and

reliability for your home canning needs. . .

or flowers and petals :)


To enter, leave a comment on my Canning Season post HERE.

The winners will be chosen June 14th!


“Had I but four square feet of ground at my disposal, I would plant a peony in the corner and proceed to worship.”

~Alice Harding, The Book of the Peony

Peonies Collage-001

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  32 comments for “Gather Ye Peonies While Ye May

  1. June 7, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Gorgeous peonies and photos, Mary!

  2. June 7, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Very pretty Mary, lovin’ your great new gardening gloves! Happy Weekend and stay dry:@)

  3. Dani
    June 7, 2013 at 6:49 am

    Sooo pretty !
    We have rain, rain , rain too – more is one the way – my garden needs a BIG umbrella – all the peonies,roses….
    Do you know the name of your peony ? The pink is just gorgeous !

    Have a “sunny” day !

  4. June 7, 2013 at 6:54 am

    “they fade as quickly as
    a pair of brand new gardening gloves” LOL Ain’t it the truth!

    Gorgeous photos of some of the prettiest flowers on the face of the earth, Mary! ~ makes me want to sniff the screen~

    I cut the last of my pink ones yesterday, before the rains hit. My white ones are just starting to open up…they are on the other side of the house.
    I wish I could create such beautiful vignettes to display them, like you do.

  5. June 7, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Beautiful start to my day, it’s 106 at home today just the thought of these cool fresh scent beauties can drop my blood pressure and put a smile on my face… Love the metal tray too, fabulous piece.

  6. June 7, 2013 at 7:13 am

    Mary, Those are just gorgeous. I am still waiting for ours to bloom. We have had such a long, cold Spring/Summer. I finally got a new computer so I am back visiting you again! I love your blog- xo Diana

  7. Mary from Virginia
    June 7, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Beautiful!!!!! What is the pretty little white flower vine you have paired with the peonies? Your photography is so sharp and crisp; I feel as if I am there.

  8. Peggy thal
    June 7, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Great photos and beautiful display of your peonies. They are such perfect flowers. Too much rain this year and more coming. You made my morning with your pretty decor. Thank you.

  9. June 7, 2013 at 8:23 am

    What a gorgeous color your peonies are, Mary! We can’t enjoy them here in Texas, but thank you for letting me see yours through you lens!! xo

  10. Ellen
    June 7, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Your peonies, the way they’re displayed, and your photography are amazing!! Peonies are my favorite flowers, but mine are already gone. I have one that came from my husband’s grandmother’s childhood home, and I treasure it. Thanks for extending the blooming season of peonies here in the South!!

  11. June 7, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I just discovered peonies and they r now my second favorite flower…next to plumeria…ihavechad four bouquets in the last month..they are so majestic and have a lovely scent

    Sent from my iPad

  12. linda kemp
    June 7, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Those are lovely. Whole Foods had them on sale last week…$8.00 for 5 stems. They were pale pink and lasted the entire week. Never thought about putting the flowers in a glass canning jar. You always open my eyes to new ideas.

  13. June 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Oh Mary, you are so lucky to have those glorious peonies right at your finger tips, or should I say, darling garden gloves! You create such artistic collages that you “paint” so beautifully with your camera~you always transport me to a lovely place!

  14. June 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

    i so love peonies and wish I could have them planted in my yard…I just have to figure out how to protect them from the deer!…your displays are stunning, as always Mary…Do I spy a vintage shopping cart?…

  15. June 7, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Peonies are so pretty … love yours … the color is wonderful. I can’t grow them here, so I will enjoy yours!

  16. June 7, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Peonies are my favorite flower. I love your pretty post, especially that last mosaic! :D

    Have a lovely weekend!

  17. June 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Gorgeous! One of my SILs in the Winston area, had beautiful shell pink peonies blooming last time I was there…

  18. brenda s 'okie in colorado'
    June 7, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I absolutely love peonies! I have two and they still haven’t bloomed. They have buds, so I am hoping they bloom soon. I live just outside Denver. Yours are so beautiful.

  19. June 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Your peonies are gorgeous, Mary! I have tried to grow them but I’ve had no luck with them. Guess I’ll just have to admire yours!

  20. June 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Do you hire out for garden advisement, because I really need you.

  21. June 7, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Your peonies are gorgeous and I’m envious. I never had much luck growing them. Maybe I had the wrong variety. Yours look so pretty in the Ball jars.
    Hope the rain has gone. Have a great weekend.

  22. June 7, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Just a little peony envy here! We have to pick our peonies from the containers in the flower markets. Your pinks are beauties. That’s mostly what we find available here, but I do love to buy the white ones when I find them. Did you read Debbie @ Mountain Breaths suggestion about cutting the buds and keeping them in the refrigerator. Very clever! Have you ever tried that?
    Beautiful here, but heating back up tomorrow and forward. They say we’ll hit 100 by next weekend. Enjoy your weekend on the water! ~ Sarah

  23. June 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Love your posts. I can almost smell your peonies! Mom always had several bushes while I was growing up.

  24. Botanic Bleu
    June 8, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Beautiful peonies!I I cannot grow them here, but my mom in North Alabama does. I love the little white flowers poking out of your birdhouse.


  25. June 8, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Hey Mary; What Lovely photos!!! How I wish that I could grow Peonies!!! Your are just Gorgous!!! I Love your Blog, as you take the most amazing photos, and everything looks so Beautiful. Thank-You so much. :-)

  26. June 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Your peonies are so beautiful! Your pictures are just gorgeous!

  27. June 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I love that deep pink color they dry so pretty in deeper shade of pink. Aren’t peony blooms magical?

  28. June 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I too love peonies. You’re so right about the rainfall following the blooms. I always toy with when to cut them.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  29. June 10, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Beautiful peonies…love this …would love it if you came by and shared at One More Time… New follower
    Hope to see you there…Tammy

  30. June 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Gorgeous peonies! Your pictures are so beautiful!
    I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

  31. June 14, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    The peonies are beautiful and look fantastic with that very cool window. The same thing is happening with our hydrangeas. We always get so much rain afterwards which keeps them from drying pretty.

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