31 May 2011

Pink Beauties

Peonies are often thought of as a cottage garden flower, but they also have an aristocratic and exotic past.
Here and here you can read a bit about the history of peonies.

They are lush and luxurious and their opulent frilled petals are at home in any setting.

I have made the arrangement in an old vintage enamel water jug.
The jug is French and in an unusual dark grey colour.
I love the shape of the jug and the clean lines of the handle and spout.

The grey is picked up in an old Victorian metal grate that I have added as a contrast to the arrangangement.

You can't have enough of small glass bottles. Perfect for using in small flower arrangments.

A small glass bowl with a peony bud sits on top of two books. The top book is Virginia Woolf's
It was written in 1925 and I like the first line in the book which is:
"Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself."
I have yet to read the book but I did see the film The Hours. In the movie the book plays an important part.

Have a wonderful day!

Ingrid xoxo


Home and Lifestyle said...

I love your peonies, it's such a wonderful flower!

Many hugs, Ingrid

Mira said...

I love peonies, especially the soft white ones. They are elegant, feminine, soft, and simply beautiful. :) Thanks for sharing htese lovely shots.

jacqueline said...

Dearest sweet ingrid, these are beautiful pink blooms!! I love your gorgeous vase and all those glass bottles are just beautiful! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

Verena said...

Ingrid, I love Peonies. They look so beautiful! I actually have some white Peonies on my table standing.

Have a wonderful day!

agnicy said...

Ingrid , you are the best -Ag

Sanne said...

Dear Ingrid,

yes , I love them , too...have nearly the same colour ( and one in white ) in my garden...your combi with grey is sooo beautiful, like always...

Have a great time,
best wishes,

stricksonne said...

i love your pics!!! greetings, angie

Frances said...

Peonies are sublime! You've certainly used them very well in your arrangements. The tone of grey truly compliments the peonies' beauty.

I love those old bottles, too, and must remind myself to be on the look out for a few more myself.

Please do eventually read Mrs Dalloway. The book will allow you to appreciate the film The Hours even more...and then you could start another circle by reading The Hours!

Best wishes.

Ingmarie We said...

Grått och rosa passar så fint tillsammans. Pionen är en mina älsklingsblommor! Ha en bra vecka.

Madame C said...

Åh, så ljuvliga, romantiska bilder! Finns det egentligen något som går upp mot pioner? Fantastiskt!

The Summer Porch said...

Very Lovely post Ingrid ~ I love peonies my Mother had bushes of them and they dry beautifully. Your choice of using the pink peony with the perfect shade of grey makes for the most beautiful setting. I love your added touch of the book Mrs Dalloway, I've never read it, now I'm most intrigued!!! Let's compare notes. :)
Lots of hugs, Rosemary...XX

Mari Carmen said...

Ingrid, you always give us pictures full of beauty... I love your flowers. They are lovely, indeed!

Take care :)

lisa said...

Ingrid, these photographs belong in a magazine!!! Each one is just so very beautiful. Peonies are one of my very favorites, and ours are just beginning to bloom now.

You have a wonderful evening, and thank you so much for all of this beauty!

Elephant's Eye said...

I find your compositions fascinating. The yellow shield for the book title, is just the right colour, in the right place. Just enough to make all the pink sparkle that little bit more vibrantly!

The Garden Ms. S said...

Peonies are a childhood favourite for me. Nothing says "pretty" like a fluffy pink peony!

Lovely composition. :)

martinealison said...

Une pure beauté... Délicatesse, pureté... J'adore les pivoines... et votre interprétation photographique les met à l'honneur...
Gros bisous

Angel.Pearls said...

Underbart -här hos dig kan man alltid 'drömma sig bort' till en ljuv härligt doftande plats!! Önskar dig en fin helg/ Eva

Colores said...

your arrangements are always a gift to our eyes!!! And I can´t get engough f old bottles , too!! a big kiss!

Trädgårdsflow/Garden Flow said...

Vilket underbart arrangemang!! Pioner är bara för fina. Skulle gärna några i trädgården... men har inga tyvärr. Det är något storslaget över en stor fylld utslagen pion.

Ha en underbar helg!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

These are the loveliest of the lovelies, Ingrid!!
Have a sweet evening xx

Karen said...

Beautiful arrangement! I love peonies. I have one peony bush & unfortunately for my peonies the moment that one bloomed one of my boys was out there cutting it off to give to me. So, we had lots of peony bouquets on our table but not so many on the bush itself.

Georgianna said...

Oh, gosh, words fail me when it comes to peonies! Their sumptuousness is perfectly contrasted with that simple but elegant pitcher, Ingrid. Great combination! And I agree about the small bottles.

Hope your week is going splendidly!

xo – g

Fru C said...

Om jag skulle välja en enda blomma som....då fick det nog bli pion!

Ha en bra helg!


rajson said...

Vackert och stilrent! Gillar den enkla franska kannan.
Pioner är ett måste i trädgården. Men de kan vara lite kinkiga att trivas, men om de väl gör de så är det fröjd!
Nu kan man ju köpa snitt pioner till en ganska billig peng!
"Hours" är verkligen en riktigt bra film!
Ha det gott!

Britt said...

Som en riktig bakelse//Britt

Zuzu said...

Beautiful arrangements, Ingrid! I LOVE peonies! :)
Have a happy one,
~ Zuzu

Mimi said...

Love Peonies. They look especially great in the gray enamel jug. Wonderful image!

Malin said...

Vilka fina pioner. Jag håller med på att läsa Virginia Woolf, fast jag läser Mot fyren. Den kan jag rekommendera om du inte redan läst den.

Laila said...

Varje år fick jag en underbar bukett doftpioner av pappa från deras trädgård.
Gissa om den är saknad nu...
Helt underbara bilder du tagit! ♥

Lella Loves... said...

Old iron gates make lovely garden features such as trellis. I have always wanted to use a huge gate from a stately home as a headboard. :) xx