Monday, June 14, 2010

~peonies and roses~



hello friends!

one of my biggest delights of the whole year....
is my one & only peony bush.



once a year it blooms.....the most spectacular blooms I think I've ever seen.....



the scent is intoxicating....and fills the whole room....



why I only have 1 bush is a very good question....
I really need to find room for some more...

the only huge bummer w/ peonies is that they sadly only bloom once a year :-(

but I am so thrilled when they bloom!


my other new love in the garden.....
which I've already shared w/ you


is my David Austin roses....
...oh my gosh....they are sheer heaven!
I have 2 climbing "heritage" roses
and this is the first year they have really done
a  n  y  t   h   i   n   g...

but it has so been worth the wait~
there are tons & tons of buds
and they open up to the most beautiful rose
that smells 2die4!!


I tried to cut blooms that were inconspicuous...
because I need to enjoy them on the bush as well...

there is nothing better than being out on my patio and catching their scent in the breeze...




it's so much fun to play around with different
vases and settings....


moving on to the rest of the house....
the next rose is an "iceberg floribunda"

I have to admit ~ when I bought the bush
I had no idea what floribunda meant...
....little bunches of roses is what it means...



so I snipped a few and played with this
cute little metal basket I found
 at a yard sale~


this is currently sitting on Kenzie's dresser~
her room is coming together....
but I still need to do her flooring.....
 the biggest job of all.......shoulda done it first........
do the finishing touches!


I've painted the walls, doors, trim and dresser 3 times actually~ and hung window coverings
and made 3 pillows.....
but it's missing a little something....
like flooring....


this cute little chair was outside, but I'm kinda
liking it in her room right now....

ok...back to roses....
I have a climbing "new dawn" rose bush
that has been limping along.....
it has just not loved the monsoons wet
weather we've had....



but I managed to snip a few of her blooms
and salvage them for a bit~
there were a few that looked decent....


I'm off to get some work done ~
lots to do upstairs and I'm
determined to tackle a bunch of it this week!

have a wonderful week!!



xo,



Shellagh


46 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Shellagh! I'm a Shelia too! :) Oh, your pink flowers are simply glorious! I can almost smell the roses and those peonies are gorgeous! You have a beautiful blog. Hope you'll pop in to see me sometiimes.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :))

Elsina said...

Your photographs are stunning!! I searched a couple of nurseries/greenhouses where I live for peonies and can't find them anywhere! Would love to grow them in my garden. Gorgeous!!!!

Cathy said...

I am drooling! You know how I love peonies! I think they are a little slice of heaven on earth!
Your peonies and roses are both gorgeous and I sdore the way you have them displayed!

Enjoy!
Cathy

FEDERICA said...

I love peonies and I love your blog!!
Have a nice day,
Federica.
xoxo

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Your roses are the most gorgeous shade. I can almost imagine their fragrance from here. I am writing the name down and putting it in my wish list. Enjoy them.

Alba Linea said...

the colour of your flowers is so lovely! absolute my favorite colour! love your style and the way you take your photos! best wishes and big bear hugs!
;0)

Mara said...

Hi Shellagh!!! so ok, your peonies bloom just once in a year, but hey...they are fab!!!!!
Love them!

Mara

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Hi Shallagh,
I love all your flowers!! I especially like the picture with the iceberg roses and the metal basket...so pretty! I have iceberg roses in my garden, too. I love'm!
Hope you have a wonderful week!
Hugs ~ Jo

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Fantabulous! The Flowers are Simply beautiful, love the lil chair.(I have a thing for chairs) LOL ~Cheers Kim

Lacy said...

I love love, peonies and roses! They just sing romance don't they?

I can't wait til my one peony blooms this year. It will be it's first time.
Thanks for sharing!

Cabin and Cottage said...

I have nothing like this anywhere in sight--gonna have to go get some! Thanks so much for sharing your beeeutiful blooms. And I am crazy about the little wire basket! Jacqueline

Sandi said...

Your photos of your peonies and roses are spectacular! Just gorgeous! I am in mourning...the ONE and only peony bush I have did not flower this year. Last year it flowered (first year) with beautiful blooms, but nothing this year. It had buds and then they were gone. I am so sad. :( Enjoy yours for me okay?? lol
Blessings~

It's me said...

O Shellagh !! ...................................I LOVE YOUR POST TODAY..........SO AMAZING BEAUTIFUL !!

I like your pionies !! so much..............great pictures .........you are a great woman !! hugs from me..........Ria

Lucy - By the Hill said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! I love peonies too, but have never had too much success with them.
It really is a shame they have such a short blooming period, but wow! What an impact they make in that short time!
Lovely pictures!

Cottage Dreamers said...

It sounds like you're very busy!
Your flowers are so pretty I can almost smell them!
☺ Celeste

GWENDOLYN said...

I love peonies.. who doesn't right? Your's are gorgeous. I too wish they bloomed longer than they do.
Blessings~
Gwen:)

Cori said...

Those peonies are so luscious and beautiful! What's the trick? I planted 3 or 4 last year ad got one little bloom a few weeks ago. That's it.

I know they are tricky to grow, but you sure are doing a beautiful job on yours. So rewards. Love all the photos..GORGEOUS!

I'm trying to get things done this week too! Gotta go out and plant some flowers I bought yesterday. Weather is good. Hope you have sunshine and here's to a productive week for both of us : )

Cori
Starview Sonnet

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Your flowers are fantastic! Peonies are my absolute favorite flower, but sadly mine are done blooming :o( If only I could smell that delicious aroma through the computer . . .

Thanks for sharing.

sissie said...

If I had all those beautiful roses and peonies growing in my garden, I would be so happy.

Yours are gorgeous and you are displaying them so lovely.

Love the little chair in your daughters room, very sweet.

hugs
Sissie

Cindy said...

Your roses and peonies are all gorgeous!!! I love pink ones particularly, too!
Your daughter's room is looking wonderful, am looking forward to the big reveal.
Hugs, Cindy S

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Absolutely beautiful! My favorite sort of post.

But.....where's the weather? ;-)

XO,
Anne

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Shellagh.....Your peonies and roses look so beautiful! I love how you have put them in different settings. It is sad that peonies only bloom once a year but I guess it is something to look forward to every year. I only have one peony bush too. Very similiar to yours! My roses are all blooming profusely right now! I am holding my breath that the Japanese Beetle doesn't show up!~Hugs, Patti

Crystal said...

The peonies are wonderful!! I can't wait to for my mine to bloom!

Beach Vintage said...

Oh my goodness these are just spectacular!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Peonies are just my favorite and yours are gorgeous! Yes, girl, you do need more! I have a few starts, but no blooms yet. Maybe next year.
xo,
Debra

Deserae said...

Your Peonies are beyond stunning! They make mine look like sticks! LOL...
~Des

Tina Dodson said...

Hi!My friend sent me your blog,and i go on it several times a week,I even put it in my fav's now,,I sit and look,and am amazed at your talent! I love,love this,all of it,so adorable,you seem so darn sweet,even how your name is spelt,,thanks for making my day!
Love,
Tina Dodson
Stockton,Ca.

Emom said...

Who could even resist the title? smilies.

Bella said...

Hello Shellagh, I am so glad you visited me because I got to come see your gorgeous flowers!! I truly cannot pick which is prettier! I enjoyed reading of your having enough rain.. I feel your pain (I am by Puyallup).. getting to have a coupkle days of blue skies has so helped! My poor roses are rotting before they even open!
Anyway I so enjoyed my visit and I am your newest follower!
Bella

Beach House Living said...

I wish peonies bloomed all summer. I really like the color you have which is what I thought I purchased our are a deep deep pink. We have a petite David Austin Anne Boylen rose that does well and a white Glamis castle that produces 2-3 tiny blooms when it should be dozens. Maybe it needs more sun.

The rose that I love is Enfant La France it reminds me of peonies and the scent is great.

I think we have an iceberg the edges have just a flush of pink. It just got done with it's first bloom and looks horrid but I love that bush. Of course you saw my new favorite a pink Eden we got five blooms finally.

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

I hear you! Peonies, David Austin roses and Iceberg are three of my garden "must-have's"! Yours are just lovely :)

raggygirlvintage said...

Well we waited a long time for our peonies on the west coast this year, didn't we, but it sure was worth the wait!! My bush is just finishing now, I've cut the flowers as soon as they've started to bloom as it has been so wet I decided to rescue them and enjoy them inside. I think today was my last harvest, till next year anyway...
Tracey

Creative Grammie said...

Your peonies are beautiful, so are your roses! I also have a few rose bushes, their perfumey (if that's a word) fragrance are so sweet.

Privet and Holly said...

Shellagh, you are most definitely blessed in your corner of the world with a ROSE CLIMATE!!! See, there is a silver lining to all of that inclement weather that you've had, and it's called roses roses roses {and briefly, peonies, of course}! Love all the creative ways that you brought them indoors. I keep hearing about David Austin's on so many blogs, but not sure they'd survive in the upper Midwest?? Hope you are making strides on all of your projects..... I've got a list a mile long, myself : )
Happy Tuesday! xx Suzanne

Fern Valley Farm said...

Shellagh,
Your flowers are amazing! You must be enjoying them very much. This makes me very excited, as I've noticed buds on my David Austin rose bush that I thought had died. I can't wait for the blooms. Your photographs are so beautiful...a great way to start my day!
Have a great week.
~Elissa

La Dolfina said...

Awesome flowers... so beautiful. When something blooms only once a year like your peony bush it makes it super special. Enjoy!!!

Karen said...

Wow. Your photos are so GORGEOUS I swear I can smell the roses! A peony is my FAVORITE flower and I had no clue they only bloom once a year! What a bummer! You best not be on vacation that week! (hehehe)
I wonder why we can't grow them out here in SO CAL . . . must be too hot.
Loved this post. I am so glad you shred!
Have a great day! Karen

Rene said...

Wow, love them. I love peonies too... unfortunately mine bloomed right when it was raining a lot, so even when I brought them in the house they got brown splotches...oh well, next year... I loved living vicariously through yours.

Susanne said...

Ponies! My favorite! My one little bunch here in Texas is long done. But I was just up north in the mid-west and they were going strong, so I got to enjoy them longer. Parting was such sweet sorrow.
Susanne.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Beautiful flowers! Those peonies are GORGEOUS!!! I love that candy-pink color!

Crystal said...

Gorgeous, just absolutely gorgeous. I love peonies too. Do you touch up your photos at all, because your flowers are just a stunning pink :) Roses are also my favorite flower. I have 12 roses and 5 of them died this spring from all of the silly up and down temps.
Have a wonderful week.

Marie said...

You asked me about my painted floor. I really like it, and it is easy to clean. But of course, if you have white painted floor (like I have) the dirt is more visable, so maybe you have to clean more often. But I think it is worth it!

Wish you a nice week
Marie

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

Your Peonies and Roses are beautiful. They look so pretty no matter how you display them. I'll bet your garden is a delight.

coryshay said...

The picture of your peonies just made my day!!

aimee said...

those are amazingly beautiful! i love the different ways you displayed the flowers.
blessings,
aimee

La Maison Reid said...

God those peonies and roses are heavenly! My peonies are only a few years old and I only get one or two flowers from each plant so far. I'm dying to get some David Austen roses...might have to get another dog to keep the deer away! Your photography is lovely

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