29 May 2016

Florets - Floral Quote - # 114 - Shane Connolly

"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 opened 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 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 (2012).]
[Flowers: Pink double peony.]
[Container: Vintage apothecary glass jar with lettering on side.]
[Styling and photography © Ingrid Henningsson/Of Spring and Summer.]

Enjoy your flower arranging and have a fabulous floral Sunday!

I'm taking a little break from 'Florets' over the summer. I'll be back in the early autumn with more floral delights from Of Spring and Summer.


~ xoxo ~

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1 comment:

Frances said...

Ingrid, the peony quote does embrace much of what I also love about these beautiful blooms.

The prior anemone post was yet another beauty. I appreciate the information about their hollow stems and vase suggestion. The jet black buttons are the perfect composition partner!

Enjoy your summer Floral Quote break. It's surely going to be filled with flowers. xo

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