The peonies (Francoise Ortegat, Sarah Bernhardt and Duchesse Nemours) and rose Lady Mitchell are in bloom, just in time for another vase. I de-bud and have long stems which are perfect for the ‘fireplace vase’ but I had to hunt around for some suitably long-stemmed fillers. In the end I found some nigella – actually it’s hard to miss this year as it’s self-sown in the rose bed, also persicaria, cow parsley, willow and bamboo.
I’m pleased how the combination has come together, it fills the fireplace nicely. Now just have to hope that Billy the Labrador manages to keep his waginator (tail) away from it (little chance)
Thanks to Cathy for hosting this meme. Ramble over to her garden to see her vase.
Beautiful flower arrangement. I often gather wild flowers from road ditches to grace my table. Grow a large stand of cane and know the leaves are always beautiful in arrangements.
We certainly have to celebrate these beautiful peonies. You have brought them all together in a charming way…hope that Billy navigates the space carefully. I know the cure…a really, really, really long walk, then a flop down to sleep. Have a good week.
How lovely to have a big vase and a fireplace like this to put it in! Your peonies are very beautiful and if the long stems are the result of de-budding then it was definitely worth the effort as they are amazingly long and straight – but I am also amazed at the stems of your nigella! Thanks for sharing such a gorgeous vase, Sharon
Thanks Cathy. The nigella are amazing this year but I can’t claim any credit – they are all self-seeded.
Ooh, that’s nice for you! Interestingly, it is something that has very recently started to self-seed here too so I shall look forward to flowers here later, assuming they have self-seeded again!
Lovely! I suffer from severe peony envy, as the plants stubbornly refuse to bloom here. I’ve had an intersectional Itoh peony in my garden for nearly 5 years without a bloom so I guess I’m stubborn too.