Peony Love


peoniesYou cannot imagine how excited I get over the peonies that fill my garden with their vibrant blooms for a few short weeks this time of year.  These are not a sight to be seen in the warmer climes of Houston.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith so many blooms, how is it possible to resist cutting and bringing them inside to add beauty to any room?  You can bet that some will always find their way to the dining room table to become the focal point of a tablescape.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy oft used bottles are perfect containers and are so easy to configure in attractive arrangement.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWith these beauties on the table, the rest is easy. Dishes and flatware that I found last year on sale at Target are understated additions.  Napkins pick up the colors in the antique cloth that is used as a runner and the turned back corners add a little flair.  Simple to say the least!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the peony blossoms dropped some of its petals and rather than throw them away, I scattered them on the table.  I wonder if the folks who ate here thought I’d been negligent in not cleaning them up!

IMG_6839Preparing a table is my favorite part of readying for any meal, and, as this one shows, it doesn’t have to be elaborate to be appealing.  When nature provides such abundant beauty as inspiration for creativity, the hard work is already done.

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16 thoughts on “Peony Love

  1. Beautiful flowers indeed… Your table looks amazing too… did you know that you can cut a stem before the peonies opens and wrap in newspaper ~ put in the fridge for a later use for the flowers… Martha Stewart answered a question for me… She said it’s good for weddings when the peonies are out of season.. Take care, Laura

  2. Peonies are such beautiful. showy flowers – but they so fleeting. I’m betting that your guests thought that the scattered petals were a carefully planned part of the tablescape design.

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