" I can never decide if peonies are a spring finale or a precursor to summer. Perhaps it's because they appear in the flower markets long before they open in the cooler climate of the garden. Either way they gently blur the seasonal edges and i quite like that.
Luckily they look wonderful; with the last tulips of spring or with the first flowers of summer. Or, and this is my favourite way, completely on their own.
There are few flowers so completely sumptuous, and quite frankly, as buxom, as a fully open double peony. A wide range of beautiful colours gives them very different characters but these exquisite shell pink specimens are without doubt the refined, couture-clad princesses of the peony world."
~ Shane Connolly ~
[Shane Connolly: florist and event designer, he designed the flowers for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding in 2011, author of three books - A year in Flowers, Table Flowers and The Language of Flowers.]
[Quote from: A Year in Flowers.]
[Flowers: Pink Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt'.]
[Vase: Clear glass laboratory bottles.]
[Painted wooden board and marble table.]
[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson for Of Spring and Summer.]
Have a Wonderful Floral Sunday!
See you again next week!