peonies in the rain

by Sharon Santoni
 [blank]Days are warm and nights are stormy this week, which may sound good but it is bad news for the peonies, out in full and heavy flower.
There is no choice but to cut the blooms and use them in the house.[blank]
[blank]Here I teamed the huge peony blooms with sprigs of climbing hydrangea, a few branches of cow parsley and the tips of lupins that were going to seed and needed cutting back.[blank]
As usual, putting the bouquet together is a moment of true pleasure for me. A flowery interlude in a busy day, just enough to recharge my batteries and set me up for the next task to hand!
I hope you are enjoying your garden too, and managing to bring some favourite flowers indoors.[blank]


Julia June 19, 2013 - 7:52 am

Now I was always told that bringing cow parsley indoors was bad luck, but you seem not to suffer so perhaps I'll pick some as I wander the lanes…

and elderflowers for cordial…

it's such a fragrant month, isn't it?

sharon santoni at my french country home June 19, 2013 - 8:06 am

Hi Julia

I never heard that about cow parsley! I use it all the time, sometimes just big bouquets of cow parsley with nothing else – love it!

The elderflower is amazing this year too


Botanic Bleu June 19, 2013 - 8:23 am

The peonies are stunning…the silver lining for rain is bringing in the peonies. 🙂 I love the lupine texture contrast with the peonies. So, are you now sitting down for a cool drink and for reading a few pages? Looks very inviting…


Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon June 19, 2013 - 8:32 am

The flowers are just wonderful, in fact if I could think of a better word to convey I would use it. You are so talented to bring it all together into a piece of art. I just love it.

btw, I am still laughing about Ghetto. If he were a child, he would be total ruined by my laughing at his bad behavior.

Magnolia Verandah June 19, 2013 - 11:17 am

Just beautiful, enough to make the heart sing!

Anonymous June 19, 2013 - 1:26 pm

That is just stunning… We are at the start of winter the roses not so good. The camellias are nearly finished all the flowers are on the ground thanks to the native birds that seem to be enjoying something that's in the flowers. Hi Sharon your bouquet is breathtaking I am jealous and can't wait for spring. You have inspired all of us to look at our gardens and imagine the possibilities. Till next time Regards Esther from Sydney. PS love Ghetto and his antics it made my day.

mstaier June 19, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Love these floral posts…each time you do an arrangement i save it as my desktop wallpaper. they are so beautiful and i love having a constantly changing flower display:)

Anonymous June 19, 2013 - 2:17 pm

I love your pictures-here in central AL,USA-i had to cut some of my gladiouses because of the recent rains
-Sally T.

La Table De Nana June 19, 2013 - 2:35 pm

I always love your bouquets:)~

Sandy at You May Be Wandering June 19, 2013 - 3:29 pm

The peonies and your bouquet are absolutely gorgeous!!!

I Dream Of June 19, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Stunning, Sharon. I'm sorry the weather is shortening the life span of your peonies, but you certainly made beautiful work of them. You're so talented. It's our roses that are flourishing this season, providing a steady supply of cuttings for my nightstand.

manuela carvalho June 19, 2013 - 3:53 pm

Simplesmente maravilhoso!

vicki archer June 19, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Gorgeous Sharon… I love your arrangements… such lovely combinations… xv

Emm June 19, 2013 - 6:02 pm

What a beautiful arrangement, and especially nice to include the lupines. I live now where it's too warm for them, and lilacs, and miss them both.

zanetastyle June 19, 2013 - 6:33 pm

You are amazing, what a lovely bouquet … Just beautiful! Makes me wanna take a class on flower arrangements(:
It is definitely relaxing to style flowers I agree even if I am not as good as you! Hugs z

Gwyn Monroe June 19, 2013 - 6:56 pm

Your arrangement is gorgeous and inspiring. Like you, I enjoy my moments of creating bouquets from the flowers in my garden. It's my favorite homekeeping task, and a lovely, refreshing artistic moment in my day. I grow about 40 different types of peonies in my garden, so June is always a spectacular month for flowers! LOVE your blog, and adore your bouquets! 🙂 Gwyn

Linda June 20, 2013 - 12:37 am

Absolutely gorgeous and refreshing!

Kathryn Bechen Ink June 20, 2013 - 2:01 am

So very pretty and relaxing to look at!

Kim June 20, 2013 - 2:25 am

I didn't get to mine in time and the rain beat them down. I am very sad!! But your bouquet makes it a little better!! xo

penelopebianchi June 20, 2013 - 6:41 am

I love these flowers! I guess there had to be one thing wrong with Santa Barbara! Peonies won't grow!

I do adore them! Trader Joe's to the rescue!

Not the same; but a lovely substitute!!

What a great post!

PamLuvsPink June 20, 2013 - 7:13 am

Hi Sharon!!!

Your peonies are so gorgeous!!! We had a house once that had 9 bushes of peonies and every year I would fill the house with them. I love the way you arranged them on a beautiful table with drinks at hand to enjoy a break from the day!!

Enjoy the rest of the week!!


Anonymous June 20, 2013 - 1:34 pm

What an absolutely stunning way to start my day…reading this blog:-):-):-) Thankyou for sharing your fabulous peonies, which L O V E! Carol P.

Anonymous June 20, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Love peonies, but in VA they are full of ants!! Cannot bring them inside. Do you hae that problem In France?

April Lane June 20, 2013 - 3:44 pm

Iam wondering what that cool, pink drink is that you are serving? It looks like a delicious rosé.

Colleen Taylor June 21, 2013 - 7:16 am

Wow, stunning to say the least Sharon. You are so fortunate to have such glorious flowers to choose from.

martinealison June 21, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Un superbe bouquet et des photos magiques…
Gros bisous

Apartmani Dobre Vode June 22, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Very very pretty !

Tracey from Central Coast Seachange June 23, 2013 - 2:50 am

I am so incredibly happy that I have found your blog. I can daydream that I live in France, amongst your gorgeous garden but in reality I am in a rather wet Australian winter.

TheMoonAndMe July 6, 2013 - 9:01 pm

Hi Sharon! I found you through Cedar Hill Ranch. So glad I did.
Your home is beautiful and I look forward to catching up with you. 🙂


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