May 24, 2009

Peonies

After Style Court's series of posts about peonies, I've been on the look out for them at the Farmer's Market and other places. I saw some last weekend, but at $6.00/stem, I felt that was a bit much, especially since I was sure that they'd lose most of their petals before I even got them home.
This morning, the Farmers' Market was full of peonies. Some were still closed tightly and some were blousy and full. I bought a bunch of white ones, streaked with pink and some pink ones. You could have kept track of my where-abouts at the market by following the trail of dropping petals. I expect them to last a day or two, but at $3.00 for a bunch of 10 flowers, I am not complaining.

28 comments:

  1. I adore peonies, and am going to get a start from my mother who has had the most beautiful blooms since I was a little girl.

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  2. They are so beautiful! I wish I had a farmers market like that!

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  3. What a great, beautiful deal! I went to our summer farmers' market for the first time yesterday...good stuff but alas no peonies.

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  4. I love them, they will always remind me of my mother. Count yourself lucky though, they retail for $15 a stem down here, and that's when they're available. They are truly one of the things I miss most about living in the northeast. Thanks for the reminder.

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  5. I recently recieved a boquet of these pink & white with some freesia in a tall clear rectangular vase .....so pretty!
    Leslie

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  6. Sweet!!! I thought I had peonies growing in my backyard, but I wasn't 100% sure because the pink streaks were throwing me for a loop. I'm going to take your word for it and say that I have peonies because they look exactly like the flowers you have today.

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  7. Seems none of us can get enough of your peonies. Fabulous photos. Thank you.

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  8. why are the prettiest things in life the most expensive? like moi, for instance? hehe

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  9. Gorgeous & decadent!!!!!
    Add a tsp of 7UP to the water & they'll last longer.

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  10. So beautiful, Meg! I love the way you put them in that blue vase, too - very nice combination. Have a great Memorial Day!

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  11. Your patience paid off - gorgeous.

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  12. Meg,
    Those are absolutely stunning. I haven't found them in my part of Atlanta....Style Court lives downtown. I may have to go to Trader Joes tomorrow and see if I can find some!
    Have a great Memorial Day. I just watched the PBS special from the lawn of the Capital, brought memories back of being on the lawn myself two years ago!
    Blessings...

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  13. I learned today from ennui (blog) that you can cut peony blossoms, wrap them in plastic and put them in your fridge for a month or two. Put them in water, and viola, you have new peonies later in the season!

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  14. Gorgeous Meg - some of my favourites too. I think I will try Rita's trick, xv.

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  15. gorgeous vase too - peonies are a fave of mine too.

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  16. Marnie... the vase is actually a glass. It's mid-century glassware decorated in the style of Wedgwood's jasperware. I have some in the blue and also in a sage green. It's fun stuff.

    Happy weekend!

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  17. Gail, northern CaliforniaMay 25, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Am I the only one who thinks this way...
    if you were a flower vendor, wouldn't you rather sell all of your flowers each week at a lower price than sell none at the higher price? It makes no sense to me.

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  18. Gail... one of the places where I get flowers discounts them on Saturday afternoons because they're closed for the next three days.

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  19. They are pretty. I had some bloom in my back yard (transported from my old back yard) and was so busy with other things I didn't get around to cutting them for a vase inside. Glad you found some nice blooms.

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  20. I am sooooo jealous every time you East Coasters show off the GORGEOUS peonies that actually grow in your area... le sigh!

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  21. That's a great deal. I do love peonies...but not the price!

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  22. Good for you. I would have bought a ton of them - so beautiful.

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  23. I have been longing for them in my garden recently! I have seen some beauties in the neighborhood and thinking that I haven't had them in my garden since I lived in Illinois.

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  24. Why is it that Mother Nature always plans a storm when my peonies open? In my garden the peonies could be a metaphorical painting for Dashed Hope. Even so, the petals scattered across the gravel pathway looked like the scene of a Japanese wedding.

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  25. What a price!! Fantastic.

    I adore peonies, and had several plants in my Pacific Northwest Garden. But now I am in Southern California, and they just don't do well here. You can find them in the florists, but they are far too dear.

    I am trying to be mindful of embracing one's own ecological region, but sometimes I long for things that are impossible. Peonies are one. Lilacs are another.

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  26. They are worth it for the photos alone...beautiful! And I love your blue glass vase. Is that actually a drinking glass? I can't tell from the photo but it's stunning.

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