A friend of mine stopped by on Saturday with gifts, including peonies! The same market that offers peonies in late spring/early summer now has "winter peonies" so of course I had to use them in a vase this Monday. She brought two sleeves of peonies in different colors but, as one group opened far more quickly than the other, I ended up displaying them in separate vases.
|I partnered the peony blooms with Gomphrena 'Itsy Bitsy' and foliage from my garden. According to legend, peonies are the queen of flowers (or king or empress, depending upon the source).
|Back view: I cut so many of the spindly 'Itsy Bitsy' stems, they repeatedly got tangled with the peonies and themselves, hence the title of this post
|From left to right: Gomphrena decumbens 'Itsy Bitsy', noID peonies, and Prunus caroliniana
The peonies in the second vase were still stubbornly curled in tight balls on Sunday afternoon but I'm expecting they'll open overnight.
|These peonies were also paired with 'Itsy Bitsy' and the same foliage
Contrary to expectations, my garden produced yet another Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) bloom so, to celebrate its persistence, I constructed another arrangement around it.
|I collected a range of blue and purple blooms to accent the dark blue Lisianthus
|Clockwise from the upper left: noID Ceanothus, Eustoma grandiflorum, Lavandula multifida, Osteospermum 'Violet Ice', Prostanthera ovalifolia 'Variegata', and Trichostemma 'Midnight Magic'
I showed a single photo of a wreath I constructed from scratch (my first ever!) in my Friday post but, thinking that members of the IAVOM community were perhaps most likely to appreciate the process, I saved the details for this post.
|Luckily, I had some chartreuse ribbon on hand. I watched an online video about making a bow with multiple loops. Stiffer ribbon would have worked better in this instance.