Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Peonies

This painting by William Merritt Chase made me think...






...that if I had an English cottage garden, I would fill it with peonies.





15 comments:

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

ME TOO!! I adore peonies and also looovee that painting- stunning.

cori said...

Peonies are my favorite! I just wish they could stay in bloom year round!

anita said...

Peonies and tulips are my all time favorite flowers. Gorgeous.

Betsy said...

A short, historic, peony story. When Jack's Dad, Jack and I were moving into the 'butler's cottage' in Great Barrington, MA, in 1966, the thoughtful folk filled vases with beautiful Peonies. We loved the color, the fragrance and the beauty. We, however, were less thrilled with the very large, very black and very prolific ants that came along inside those beauties! Peonies became outdoor bouquets and all was well.

Chimmy said...

i heart peonies!

p.s. - i've been so moved by charlie's story and have shared it with a group of lovely people known as the "monkees".

hopefully, they join in prayers and donations to help charlie heal and support walker,the budding artist!

continue to expect miracles! if you want to know who the monkees are visit us through our fearless, fabulous, fierce leader here: http://www.momastery.blogspot.com/
(and on facebook, where i shared a charlie's link).

we're just a community of men and women who believe we can do hard things together.

Visual Vamp said...

My favorite flower.
What a wonderful collection of images! Thank you!
xo xo

Michelle said...

Peonies are my favorite flower too. Although ranunculus have been giving them a run for their money of late.

Connie said...

My peonies are just breaking through the ground. I am giddy with anticipation!

Abbie said...

My favorite, too. <3

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

My absolute favorite flower :)

Barbara said...

Ah, yes! Peonies trump roses for me for being the most romantic flower. :)

fifi said...

I once met a man who was renovating a cottage in south-eastern France for his wife and himself to move into. It was very old, since it was found on maps dating to the Napoleonic era.

He said they bought it because his wife fell in love with the huge peony bush in its back garden.

"Sometimes I think," he said with a slight sigh, "I've bought a very expensive peony bush."

I was too polite to point out that surely it must be worth it all the same. ;)

@Barbara YES! Peonies are vastly more romantic than cliched roses.

Meera @ firstsense said...

Stunning painting!! And I ♥ peonies too!

pve design said...

ME TOO! Love them...and your blue door....I need to illustrate your home with peonies....
pve

MariCari♥♥♥♥♥ said...

Son preciosas, creo que las buscaré y las plantaré en el Jardín. Gracias. Bss.