Stop and Smell the Peonies!


I’m taking time to stop and smell the peonies. . .


Enjoying their lush blooms. . .


And heady fragrance for the brief time they’re here.


I cut some peonies to enjoy as Ball jar bouquets for my Potting Shed.


I found this stamped spoon marker on Etsy. . .


 “Love what you grow and what you love will grow”


If only that applied to Lilacs and Delphinium for me :)


Fortunately it’s easy to grow a Staffordshire Bouquet from Reliable Seeds ;)






Help yourself to some Guilt-Free Blueberry-Almond French Toast. . .

Guilt Free Baked French Toast3

Served with a side of peonies :)


Hope you’re enjoying some blooms where you are!


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  41 comments for “Stop and Smell the Peonies!

  1. May 15, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Oh Mary, your peonies are beautiful and I love them arranged in those adorable jars! Thanks for the great recipe, I’m happy it is guilt free! I have been enjoying your top posts on your sidebar and oh my heavens, each one is absolutely wonderful! The photography and settings are stunning!
    Enjoy your day and weekend,

    • May 15, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Thanks so much Nancy, enjoy your weekend!

  2. Michelle
    May 15, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Peonies are a beautiful elegant flower. Love them, you captured some beautiful shots!
    TGIF 🌞🌴

  3. May 15, 2015 at 6:18 am

    Hi Mary, I’ve been visiting you for a month now but this is the first time I’ve commented. And it’s always a WOW, everytime I open your blog! I live in Canada & cannot grow the same flowers, however Peonies are just peeking through the ground now! Thank you for giving me a peek of the beauty to come. Enjoy your weekend, here it Canada it’s a long one called Victoria Day!

    • May 15, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Thanks for taking the time to comment and your visits Cynthia! Happy Victoria Day to you ♥

  4. May 15, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Love peonies!!! Love how you arranged them!! Love the spoon too!!! Full of love. Lol. ❤️

  5. Ellen Stillabower
    May 15, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Peonies were my fathers favorite flower and being Catholic our May altars were always decorated with large bouquets of them in pink, white and red!! I have all three colors in my gardens but as of today, they are still big buds. Peonies don’t bloom in Indy until, usually, Memorial Day. Thanks for sharing yours until mine are in bloom. I too love cutting them for display and CAN’T wait!! 🏁🌸🌸🇺🇸

  6. May 15, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I sooo love the fluffy, old fashioned look of peonies, Mary, and remember them from my childhood in PA, and OH, but I never see them here in Texas. I’m happy to enjoy your cuttings of them in your ball jars, though, and what a pretty display you made in your potting shed.
    Happy weekend to you!

    • May 15, 2015 at 10:10 am

      Not sure what part of Texas you are in, but peonies are prolific here in Louisiana. Maybe ask around some of the local nurseries. They thrive here.

  7. Lynn Schantz
    May 15, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Mary, the pictures are beautiful all of your pictures reminds me of an artists pallet, your talents are so enjoyed by many thank you for sharing. My peonies are just forming Buds and usually bloom around Memorial Day, my choice of flower to take to the cemetery. The fragrance is heavenly and so reminds me of my childhood and my grandmas garden.

  8. May 15, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Oh to have such a beautiful bundle of blossoms to play with! What a gorgeous vignette Mary! Your peonies are just breathtaking, and I just love all your fun garden accessories tucked about and your Staffordshire~happy weekend!

  9. May 15, 2015 at 8:46 am

    So beautiful, Mary! I love peonies!

  10. May 15, 2015 at 9:05 am

    So So pretty!! I love Peonies!! Ours haven’t bloomed yet, but I can’t wait! They smell so delightful too!! Love all your other pretties in the pictures too!! :) Yum….I have to go look at that recipe, sounds really good! Wishing you a lovely weekend!! xo Holly

  11. linda kemp
    May 15, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I love peonies. Thank you for making my day.

  12. Melissa Leach
    May 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

    Thanks for sharing your lovely peonies. I’m enjoying a bouquet of white peonies in my home. Don’t you just love that heady scent! Your stamped spoon is so sweet. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

  13. Debbie
    May 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

    So beautiful. My peonies are just in bud form now so it shouldn’t be long before I can use your ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  14. franki
    May 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

    They are ah-mazing!! I have some of my grandmother’s that are over 100 years old!!! I just picked a huge bouquet and the fragrance is intoxicating…my favorite posy!! franki

  15. Linda
    May 15, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for sharing your love of all things beautiful. Makes me happy :-)

  16. Cheryl
    May 15, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Love, love, love, love, love the peonies!!

  17. May 15, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Your peonies and pictures are beautiful!!! Just last night we counted about 25 buds on ours and I can’t wait til they bloom!!! Love that spoon too. Have a blooming good weekend, Mary!!!

  18. May 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Your images are gorgeous! Love the flowers with the dishes.
    Still waiting for mine to bloom here in Michigan.
    Have a great weekend.

  19. May 15, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    I am convinced that pink peonies look the best in blue mason jars! Your pictures are so lovely!! I’m totally jealous that everyone has fresh peonies in their houses and my grocery stores aren’t stocking any right now :-(

  20. May 15, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Just beautiful, Mary. I can almost smell them from here! The rain got to the lilacs again this year and it looks like it may do the peonies in, too.

  21. Carolyn Ericson
    May 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    My mother had a garden of Peonies. As a child, I was excited to see the lovely little ball buds explode into huge puffs of delicate and colorful petals. I have always loved this flower!

  22. May 15, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    so pretty, you forced me to race down my hill to see my peonies, which i completley missed while living at the beach, so now you are forcing me to hit the florist! i LOVE peonies, the scent drives me wild, fluffy little beauties that just beckon you from afar… gorgeous, if that was your full day of work/play in the shed i am not feeling that sorry for you girl!

  23. May 15, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Peonies flourish at your lakeside too? I do think you have the most perfect spot. Wish we could grow them here. I buy bouquets when they are available at the grocery flower stand, but how nice to walk outside and cut a handful of beautiful blooms. I know the fragrance in your home and potting shed is filled with peony love.
    Happy Weekend! ~ Sarah

  24. May 15, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    The list of flowers that I love but cannot grow is endless…. hydrangeas, peonies, delphiniums top the list. Trader Joe’s has been a blessing for supplying them at prices I can afford. Love your display…. and your spoon.


  25. May 15, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Very pretty Mary and I love that saying! Some of mine have 1″ balls on them and I’m really looking forward to Sherbet blooming for the first time this year! Enjoy your beautiful flowers-Happy Weekend:@)

  26. May 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    They truly are beautiful and smell lovely. Your photos and vignettes are so pretty. We’ll enjoy them next month here but spring is bursting out this weekend.

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  28. May 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Those peonies are beautiful, and I love them in the jars. I have a set of Staffordshire dishes like yours in my potting shed. I think the dishes look good with any flower. I enjoy seeing what you do in your potting shed. You are so creative.

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  30. pamelagroppe
    May 18, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I do love Peonies. We have several in the neighborhood that date back to the 40’s. Which I am going to get divisions of this coming Fall. I can’t wait until they bloom in my garden!

  31. Charlotte
    May 18, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    These peonies are so pretty, and your arrangements are perfect!

  32. May 19, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    So beautiful! I got my first peony plant last year for Mother’s Day from my two sweet daughters. They gave me Mother’s Choice, a white bloom. I got so many blooms this year! I think I’m hooked!!! I like your idea of putting the blooms in teacups. :) Thanks for your beautiful posts!!

  33. May 20, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I shall take that wonderful blueberry french toast with a side of pink peonies please!….Gorgeeous!…Must get some peonies and plant them in the garden so that I can enjoy them next year!…

  34. May 20, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    I stopped over from Share YOur Style to have a look at your peonies. Spectacular with your wonderful things! Gotta find me some.

  35. June 2, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Love, love, LOVE your shabby shelf with peonies in Mason jars!!! :)

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