Sunday, June 17, 2012

Perfect Peonies - Mosaic Monday


Our cool weather that is lingering long has at least one benefit - the peony blooms are lasting for more time. I don't remember seeing so many bundles of them in the store before. Late one afternoon I took some time to photograph the ones left from last week's baby shower. 
 


They are just so pretty, all layers and ruffles. In flower language the peony symbolizes secrets because small fairies were said to be able to hide inside the overlapping petals. 

Outside, my peony blossoms were torn into shreds today by a constant strong wind that danced wildly with treetops and flowers alike.  A couple of tight buds survived and I hope they open. Perhaps the wind is blowing in warmer, sunnier weather. We would all welcome it. 

Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Mary of the Little Red House.http://dearlittleredhouse.blogspot.ca/2012/06/mosaic-monday-rose-garden.html

19 comments:

Carol said...

The peonies are beautiful!

Andrea Dawn said...

We had to bring some peonies in after the heavy rains, too. The bird bath crashed over and took out 3 stalks with lovely white blooms and pushed their faces in the dirty. A little cleaning up and now they sit in a lovely vase, sharing their beauty and heavenly fragrance. Always enjoy your mosaics, Lorrie.

Sheila said...

I compliment you on the composition of your peony photos today Lorrie. We've had so much rain this year that my transplanted peony is a foot or so above ground and time will tell if it will bloom or not. I sure hope so.

Vee said...

There's nothing more lovely than a peony. Too bad that they don't last long in a bouquet or on their stems. Yes, I am complaining about the design. Their stems are not strong enough to hold up their heavy heads. Poor tragic flowers... If the buds do last, I'd love to know. Mine rotted on the stems. In fact, I'm going out to cut the rest of the faded blooms off before they drop all those petals on the fresh mulch. Now haven't I taken your beautiful post on the fair peony to a sad place? =D

Pondside said...

I think I may have to drive up into the peninsula this week and look for a roadside stand with peonies. I'm longing for an armful.

ellen b. said...

Oh my that wind was something else. We were wondering if our patio covers would survive. The peony mosaics are beautiful...

black eyed susans kitchen said...

What a lovely and romantic post..peonies will bring that out in us!

heatherbailey said...

Your top photo could hang on the wall; it's lovely.

Peonies are my favorite flowers. Those, and the little yellow ball-shaped flowers that look like they came from Dr. Seuss.

podso said...

Just beautiful Lorrie!

Filip and Kristel said...

What a nice combination of elements in your first picture.

Greetings,
Filip

Friko said...

My peonies haven't even opened yet. It's been too cold and dark and wet. We are going to have three days of warmer weather, so I expect everything in the garden will finally get a move on and flower. About time.

My Little Home and Garden said...

My mom used to point out that one could always count on a rainstorm when the peonies were blooming. I really like how you displayed one bloom on the sheet of music; it's a striking image.
-Karen

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I like to think of the fairies hiding in the big blooms. I hope they all survived the wind and you are enjoying a sunny day! Hugs!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Good morning, and the word that comes to mind as I view your selections...Fantastical, as my daughter Ashleigh would declare;')~

kyllimarjaana said...

Big thanks for the comment . I was happily surprised .
Beautiful peonies .

J. Beaudet said...

Gorgeous peonies! I just bought some from Trader Joe's that were the same color but by the time I got home they had wilted and didn't come back. I'm going to do a painting of them anyway!

Katherine said...

Peonies are a favourite of mine! Love the rich colour in yours, it's so beautiful.

Barbara said...

Stunning.

Ana Lopes said...

Hi Lorrie,

You live in a paradise place and you take wondwerful photos, congratulations. I love flowers, butterflies, trees....Nature!!! You have cute embroidery works. Thanks for sharing.I love your blog :)

A friendly hug from Portugal

Ana Lopes
www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com