Friday, June 12, 2009

FOR THE LOVE OF PEONIES

I have a thing for peonies, but here in Florida they are difficult to find and nearly impossible to grow. Sophie Dahy Designs can deliver an "everlasting" version here in a very country French style arrangement.....your thoughts? Have a beautiful weekend!

38 comments:

Style Redux 2 said...

Anne-Do you know Grant Gibson? You need to visit his blog for the most stunning peony photos he has taken.

Renee Finberg said...

they are my absolute fave !!
x

Southern Aspirations said...

these look quite pretty! While I'd always prefer fresh flowers, I think the convenience and everlasting-beauty of faux is pretty handy! I have some faux peonies on both bedside tables in our master bedroom- just because I too have a love for the flower!

Jo said...

Ooooh I love peonies! Here on the East Coast they grow well so I now have 4 plants in our yard and I'm hoping for more. I'd love to have a hedge of peonies at some point.

Jo

Christy said...

These are some of my favorite flowers ever. I'm not sure I'd spend that much to have them delivered though...maybe for a special occasion. I'm planning on planting some in my garden next year!

Have a fabulous weekend. And that Lacoste rep needs to chill out. I bet if there was a poll almost everyone would guess alligator!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Hi Anne,
I love peonies too and have them all blooming right now....but soon to be gone so these faux ones look pretty good.

a. said...

I just clipped the last of my peonies this week - they have such a short life and they are my favorite. I love the idea of faux flowers that look realistic - thanks for posting this great find!

Boxwood Terrace said...

Wow, those are beautiful. I have about six pink peonies from Whole Foods that I've been staring at for a few minutes every day, because I'm so disappointed they won't open. Maybe it's time to try something like these. Deborah

Whitney said...

My wedding bouquet was made of fresh peonies and it was stunning! But, I used a bouquet of faux peonies for my bridal portraits, and used the same as my "toss bouquet." I love them!

Joyce said...

I love peonies too! On the bright side these will always look fresh, never need watering and don't come with ants.
Have a golden weekend! xoxo

Averill said...

Anne -- We can't grow peonies here in TX either (too hot, I guess) so just about the only way I'm going to get my hands on some is to get some faux ones.

Have a great weekend!

Topsy Turvy said...

Love that french wire vase. (And of course the peonies.) A community garden I saw in NY had some vivid orange open peonies with big yellow stamen in the middle - I'd never seen that variety. (I was told they were peonies, anyway.) I couldn't get close enough to take really good photos though.

–Lana

ParisBreakfasts said...

A luscious bouquet...I love to paint the buds..
Merci

Domestic Diva said...

I love them too and find it extremely hard to find!
Have a fabulous weekend!
xxxx me

MissBliss said...

i LOVE peonies, too...

and btw, your dad's artwork is

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mimi's Poor Blog said...

I bought two bunches of peonies at of all places "Costco"! they were exquisite and 10 beautiful blossoms for $15!!!

sealaura said...

just gorgeous makes me want to run out and get some for my casita.

have a wonderful weekend. :)

Laura Casey Interiors said...

love peonies. can someone invent scent through the blog? post would be complete! have a great weekend.

Brillante Home Decor said...

Not a fan of fake flowers/plants.
Beautiful fresh peonies, subtle scent, seeing them opening and fading...no fake could fill the lack of. I am sure you have beautiful roses which at times resemble peonies or is it too hot for them too?

Slices of Beauty... said...

Succulent, love them!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh beuatiful peonies...One of the flowers I miss most down here!

Hey Anne...The bamboo sheets came yesterday afternoon...will show you in a post this weekend!

Ivy Lane said...

GORGEOUS! Isn't that how it always works, we love the things we cannot have the most!! HA HA!! I had a few peonie bushes at my old house... can't grow them here as the deer LOVE them... this image is a great reminder of the 'ol garden! Have to drive by it today and see if they are in bloom!

Happy Saturday!

red ticking said...

i live in seattle and they grow so well here... they are popping up all over my yard and they are truly like gifts as each one opens to show its beauty... i love your blog... so happy to have found you! have a lovely weekend... pam

Ideezine said...

All flowers have a certain place in my heart. They seen to live such a short time but they are wonderful. Love that color!

Bette

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

I have the same 'thing' for Sweet Peas but can't seem to grow them on my property. Love the container for your peonies!
A fabulous weekend to you!
Kirsten

sophie dahy designs said...

I just returned from a quick trip to Atlanta and upon return found our peonies on your blog. What a fabulous surprise! Thank you so much! We are working on an arrangement of pink peonies in a Wisteria container that we will be posting soon. Please visit our web store sophiedahydesigns.com and our ETSY store to see more. We have some sweetpeas on both sites!

Karena said...

Some of the faunas look very realistic. Of course they can last the entire season, or more!

Beach Vintage said...

They are just instant calm aren't they. I love them so very much.

Lisa said...

Anne,
The ladies at Sophie Dahy have got it down pat! The charming ladies & their beautiful flowers are quite a find.
Peonies & Sweetpeas are the sweetest smell on earth! But when you can't seem to grow the real deal, Sophie Dahy's are the next best thing.

Now i need to catch up on the rest of your posts & see what you've been up to. It's always so great to visit with you.
xoxo Lisa

icandy... said...

Just beautiful! :)

TheDecoDetective said...

Hi Anne,
That's strange. Is it too hot to grow them in Florida? It's peony season here in Norway; I got two bouquets from my piano students and have had lots of fun photographing them.
I'm sort of a "real flowers or no flowers" girl, but I know that the artificial ones are really good these days. I think it all comes down to how you feel about them yourself.
Have a wonderful weekend Anne!
Trudi

Sanity Fair said...

Yay for Sophie Dahy! I'm seeing those designs all over now - they're really beautiful.

Sanity Fair said...

Thanks Anne! It WAS a fun weekend :) I'm still recovering.
When did you live in Atlanta? Any other tips? I'm getting to know the area!

Haven and Home said...

Love Love Love

Peonies remind me of my Mom...

abeachcottage said...

i love them too, especially like that all tight in a vase, I haven't tried to grow them here, but I've heard it's not easy, think it might be the coastal air


Sarah

Maggie May said...

peonies are some of my most favorite flowers. those are breathtaking.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

My absolute favourite cut flower.
Of course... there's also gardenias.... and magnolias....and hydrangeas....all of which are currently filling my house with heavenly scents!!

prepschool101 said...

Gorgeous! Peonies are hard to find here, too, so I tend to buy as many as I can carry when they pop up in Wholefoods or our neighborhood florist. The next best thing is going online (I just posted a pic from Martha Stewart's collection that I am considering ordering) when I need a peony fix!

 
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