My vase today is simply filled with beautiful peonies. They smell wonderful.
The heads are fully open and frilly, because I picked them several days ago. They didn’t come from my garden. I went to a local Pick Your Own flower farm … which I had no idea existed until last week.
Here’s the tale (it’s not long, don’t worry). In keeping with most Brits, particularly gardeners, I am obsessed with the weather. I check the BBC website for the forecast several times a day (well they are often not so great at forecasting, but their nearly nowcasting isn’t too bad). Anyhow, along with loads of other people, I occasionally send in photos of our ‘local’ weather. These are all added to an interactive map (and some are chosen to be the backdrop for the recorded weather forecasts). On a daily basis someone selects and highlights a couple of favourite shots of the day and it was on this ‘Editor’s Picks’ page, that I discovered that there is a massive field of peonies planted a couple of villages over. Then it was then a matter of googling for location and ‘peonies’ and, hey presto, I was able to check the flower farm’s details on Facebook. As luck would have it, their latest post mentioned that there was one more day to pick-your-own peonies before the field was closed for the season.
So obviously, the next day I went to see the field and it was magnificent.
Here are some general views over the field:
Sadly, the ‘White’ section was already closed when I visited, but there were plenty of reds to choose from.
So red peonies are what are in my vase today for Cathy’s Weekly vase meme.
Head over to Cathy’s blog to see more lovely blooms and arrangements!