Happy Monday! It’s one of my favorite days of the month, when I join my blogging friends, Shirley, Pam and Lidy, for some flower therapy and Monday Morning Blooms!
You can find my flower friends’ links and more floral inspiration at the bottom of this post.
May is my favorite month in the garden and when the peonies are in bloom here in North Carolina!
Meet Sarah Bernhardt, a hands-down favorite peony with big pink double blooms that resemble old-fashioned roses.
I cut some peonies to enjoy their fragrance and for a little ‘Fresh Flower Market’ fun in the Potting Shed.
Decoupaged watering cans add some additional blooms, along with a sprinkling of butterflies. I hung one one over the window and filled one filled with peonies and privet that is blooming now.
You can use this fun technique to decorate any surface. . .flower pots, birdhouses, furniture. . . the possibilities are endless! Find the how-to using napkins to decoupage, HERE.
In addition to peonies, I filled some mason jars with some garden roses and Verbena Lollipop that’s blooming right now. . .
If you’re looking for a flower that attracts pollinators, self-sows and tolerates the heat, Verbena Lollipop is the flower for you!
It grows in zones 6 – 10, prefers full sun in well-drained soil and is a butterfly magnet!
I picked some Johnson Brother Garden Bouquets to serve up more flowers. . .
Garden Bouquet by Johnson Brothers is perennial favorite in my garden of dishes. ;)
White washed terracotta pot napkin rings add a nod to gardening season paired with floral print napkins. . .
While mismatched vintage flatware adds some additional blooms.
I get asked frequently about what to do about ants on peonies. Ants are attracted to the nectar on the peony buds. They are harmless to peonies and also serve to protect the blossoms from other floral-feeding insects, like thrips.
To prevent bringing ants inside with your peonies, either cut your peonies when they’re in the ‘marshmallow’ bud stage or give the flowers a gentle ‘swish’ upside down in a bucket of water to get rid of any hitchhikers that may be hiding in your petals.
The ‘marshmallow’ stage is when the bud is soft when gently squeezed between the forefinger and thumb. Buds cut at marshmallow stage typically bloom within 8 to 48 hours after the stems are placed in water.
Like spring bulbs, peonies rely on their foliage to replenish food stores for their blooms the following year. When cutting peony buds and blooms, leave as much foliage as possible on the plant and limit your bouquet to one-fourth to one-third of the stems in bloom.
Fresh Flower Market Sign / antique mall
Jute Runner, Pottery Barn, several years ago
Floral Napkins & Napkin Rings / HomeGoods, several years ago
Flatware & Johnson Brother Garden Bouquet /vintage
Garden tools / Target, several years ago
Wood chargers / Pier1, several years ago
Decoupaged Watering Cans / DIY here
Visit my talented friends to see their floral inspiration this week:
Pam at Everyday Living
Shirley at Housepitality Designs
Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse