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.|