Please Pass the Peonies


Please Pass the Peonies . . .


Their season is short so

I’ll enjoy them while I can. . .


Served on platters. . .



And Sprinkled in

Watering Cans. . .





 With or without buds. . .







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  40 comments for “Please Pass the Peonies

  1. Carol Jones :-)
    May 21, 2014 at 6:15 am

    All I can say is “WOW”!!!

  2. May 21, 2014 at 6:17 am

    So beautiful Mary! My sister has 100 peony bushes, and I look forward to them every year. I pick “buds” and store them upright in our extra fridge in buckets with a few inches of water. I take them out of the fridge when I am ready for them to bloom. You can store the buds for up to three weeks in the fridge. This way I have peonies for an entire month!

    • May 21, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Thanks for the info Debbie! Do you wrap them in newspaper or cover the buds in plastic in the fridge or just stick them in water?

  3. Sharon Howard
    May 21, 2014 at 6:40 am

    I can almost smell them .Growing up we had them all around our house-my grandmother had planted them in the early 1900’s.Luckily I still had access to my childhood home and I brought some roots to my home about ten years ago and they are growing for me now.

  4. May 21, 2014 at 7:00 am

    So beautiful! Love your artistic touch. We just moved Northeast and we have lots of these gorgeous bushes… They’re a little slow in blooming though! Your blog is always a pleasure to visit. Have a wonderful day.

  5. Cheryl
    May 21, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Beautiful post today, Mary. Can’t wait for ours to be blooming.

  6. May 21, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Simply stunning post, Mary. The peony season is all too short. Our neighbor has the prettiest white ones!

  7. May 21, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Living in Florida, we miss the Lilacs and Peonies! They are so beautiful.

  8. May 21, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Hi Mary, Your peonies are gorgeous!! Ours have not yet budded, and I lost one bush to deer munching earlier this spring. They ate the tender, juicy shoots down to the ground so I’ll be waiting to see what happens with that plant next year. Oh my, I’m looking back at your beautiful photos and I would like to pick one of those buds right off the screen. Three pounds of peonies~~priceless! :) Linda

  9. May 21, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Love love peonies! Growing up in south Alabama we don’t have these lovelies…but I fell in love with them when we had a wholesale florist business. My daughter is getting married in August and wanted them for her bouquet but sadly they are out of season then.

  10. May 21, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Peonies don’t do too well in Houston, so when those blooms show their pretty faces in Maine, I am ecstatic. It won’t be long until buds turn to blooms.

  11. Phyllis Farr
    May 21, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Glorious! Thank you.

  12. May 21, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Beautiful photos! So far I only have one peony blossom. I actually did a post on it yesterday!

  13. Peggy Thal
    May 21, 2014 at 8:57 am

    So beautiful. Such a perfect flower.

  14. Robyn
    May 21, 2014 at 9:02 am

    One of my favorites. My mother has the white doubles with the pink lacey edges and they are gorgeous! Thanks Debbie C for the tip on how to keep them longer! Beautiful post Mary…… always!

  15. May 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Ooh I loved seeing how you showcase peonies, Mary. I have always loved them from when I lived in PA and OH, but sadly, I’ve never seen any inTX, so thanks for sharing their beauty. xo

  16. Melissa Leach
    May 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

    The scent of Peonies is intoxicating! My second job is at an outdoor wedding venue and guess what’s blooming! We fill the reception area with beautiful bouquets, I just love this time of year. Thanks for a beautiful post.

  17. May 21, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Mary, your peonies are gorgeous! I had one plant when we lived in Mt. Pleasant and it took 3 years for it to bloom but I was ecstatic when it did. I haven’t tried to grow them here though. May have to remedy that! And I am in love with that stamped spoon!

  18. Ellen
    May 21, 2014 at 9:19 am

    How can you bare to cut so many?? So lovely Mary. Your talent never ceases to amaze!

    • May 21, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Thanks Ellen {blush}…if I don’t cut them they get pummeled and shredded by the rain and they’re gone :)

  19. May 21, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Swoon Mary! Gorgeous photos. Loved how you styled your peonies. Beautiful way to start my day as I head out to my garden to work.

  20. May 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

    these are the moments i relish the most…

  21. franki
    May 21, 2014 at 11:03 am

    What IS IT about peonies and old watering cans…mine is sitting on our old rocking chair on the front porch. Luv it!! franki

  22. Ann
    May 21, 2014 at 11:28 am

    My peonies are all in tight buds right now, I can’t wait for their blooms. What do you folks who bring them indoors do about the ants? I shake them off..but still find the little creepies on my table.

  23. May 21, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Hi there, I love your Peonies! I am pleased to say that we have some here at our new home; I’ve always wanted them but found they so expensive, now I’m glad to have many. I didn’t realize their season was so short; ours haven’t bloomed yet. Thanks for brightening my day!

  24. May 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    My peonies are going to be stunning this year — probably at their best while I’m on vacation. :) Oh, well, they will make my neighbors smile.

  25. May 21, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    What could possibly be better than a platter full of perfect pink peonies! Absolutely stunning! Love them in the watering can too of course, sigh…

  26. May 21, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Mary, in answer to your question, I cover the buds with plastic in the fridge and just stick them in water. Here in New York, the peonies bloom around the middle of June so I put the white buds in the fridge to use for a July Fourth bouquet..

  27. May 21, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    If I could have 3 wishes for my garden they would be:
    peonies, hydrangeas, and lilacs. These are stunning. Do you have bushes and bushes of these beauties? I have to do my peony gathering in the flower market, and they are in abundance there at the moment. Just pricy!

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  29. May 22, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Oh how beautiful! Peonies are my mother’s favorite flower. We can’t grow them here easily, but she has gotten one variety to produce blooms. They didn’t survive the recent drought though.

    Yours are simply stunning.

  30. May 22, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Oh my!!! Peonies are one of my favorites. I only had 3 flowers this year and as soon as they opened it POURED and they were ruined before I could cut them:( Debbies info is very interesting, hoe she adds some details. 100 bushes???? That is awesome!

  31. May 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Next to hydrangeas, peonies is one of my favorites and yours are gorgeous!!!
    Now, can you float them in water…I love them in the dish on the scale…

    • May 22, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Thanks Shirley! Probably so but I haven’t tried it. Once the blooms are fully open they only last a day or two. Camellias and gardenias make great floaters though :)

  32. paula
    May 22, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    I love peonies, reminds me of my mom :) she had the pretty red ones for years. I read somewhere they can grow for years and years. I have a little one I am waiting for it to mature.

  33. May 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Peonies are my very favorite, and yours are lovely! Would love for you to share at this week’s Fridays Unfolded!


  34. May 26, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Just lovely! Peonies have been a favorite flower of mine since childhood. We just planted some in the front yard and I cannot wait to have some beautiful blooms of my own! New follower!

  35. May 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Found you on Savvy Southern Style- Wow Me Wednesday. Beautiful post and pics!

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