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    peony bouquet photo by Leanne Wildermuth
    I have 6 7 peony plants in my yard. (woops, I’m not very good at math!) This year, I had to transplant three of them, so I wasn’t too sure about their blooms. Needless to say, I’m totally excited that they’re blooming, and the four established peonies have upwards of 200 buds on them.

    I am a firm believer that peonies are meant to be cut. The stems grow thicker, the foliage thrives all summer, and these beautiful flowers do NOT deserve to be droopy and falling onto the ground from the weight of their petals. So if you have them? Go now, cut them and bring them in!! Enjoy the aroma around your home, and don’t let them rot on the ground outside.

    I’ve got two bouquets now, and have several vases on the table, just waiting to be filled.

    Update, the same bouquet, 2 days later:

    peony bouquet by Leanne Wildermuth


    Nicky Bird said,

    Leanne, those are stunning. I can usually match you for garden plants, I’ve Poppys about to flower and the Iris are stunning, but I don’t have a single Peony plant in my garden, so I’ve very much enjoying yours :thanku:

    P.S. made note to self to find a spot in the garden where I could put some Peony’s, and think I’m due for a visit to the garden centre :yes:

    5.30.2009 @ 9:14 am
    Pam said,

    :jawdrop: Wow!

    5.30.2009 @ 9:32 am
    Sue said,

    Simply manifiicent! and what a beautiful photograph as well! One of Gods bestest creations for sure! Have you ever seen those dinner plate size ones? My friend’s grandmother had those in her garden and was the envy of her garden club and everyone else.

    5.30.2009 @ 10:30 am
    Helmut said,

    What a beautiful picture. I have a couple of peony plants in my garden, but I very seldom cut them. Maybe I should. Thanks for the tip about cutting.

    5.30.2009 @ 12:05 pm
    Crusty Crone said,

    What a beautiful photograph! And what beautiful peonies. They’re gorgeous!!

    My grandmother had gobs of peonies and when I see any I always seem to think of her.

    5.30.2009 @ 2:35 pm
    Marcia said,

    Nature is shining there! I love love love peonies – and yours are gorgeous. Would make a beautiful paining.

    5.30.2009 @ 8:41 pm
    erikie said,

    Wow the neighborhood got done with the peonies last week. You have two??? These are beautiful and I SO AGREE about them being meant to be cut! I wish I had thought of that when my neighbor said “Well they always droop down!” DUH! Is the other peony same type? :yahoo:

    5.30.2009 @ 9:14 pm
    Kimberly said,

    I am enjoying a vase of white ones in my kitchen right now :)

    5.30.2009 @ 10:04 pm
    Geekwif said,

    Gorgeous!! I hope mine do the same. I had to transplant too, but mine are looking a little sad still. Hopefully they will perk up once they establish themselves a bit more. In the meantime, I’ll just enjoy your beautiful peonies! :love:

    5.30.2009 @ 10:08 pm
    taba said,

    gorgeous as always!! maybe next year i’ll have more than one bloom!

    5.30.2009 @ 10:10 pm
    Debra Argus said,

    Oh Leanne, they are devine, I can smell them all the way across the ocean rofl. Yes it would make a gorgeous painting, please do paint it some day.
    I wish I had a garden, I am waiting for my boys (Hubby and grown son) to get one going for me, they need to clean up a bit first lol. I miss having a garden. Once again they are beautiful and I envy you your garden, oh well some day. Thank you so much for sharing the pic with us.

    Cheers Derba (Australia)

    5.31.2009 @ 6:36 am
    Leanne said,

    Sue – I’ve never seen the dinner plate sized peonies! Mine are about dessert plate sized, plenty big for me!

    5.31.2009 @ 9:28 am
    Leanne said,

    CC – I’m glad to stir up those memories. I hope my girls feel the same way about flowers when they’re grown!

    5.31.2009 @ 9:29 am
    Leanne said,

    Erikie – of the 7 plants (woops, I said 6, need to fix that!) – I have 5 pale pink, one fuchsia, and one that I don’t remember – it hasn’t bloomed yet!

    5.31.2009 @ 9:31 am
    Leanne said,

    Geekwif – I used a root stimulator as well as liqui-feed on my transplants, kept those roots wet for several days. One of them still looked droopy so I cut off what was wilting so that the plant could redistribute energy to the happy looking areas. :)

    5.31.2009 @ 9:33 am
    Da Goddess said,

    That touch of red is the perfect accent to those pretty flowers. There’s just something about peonies that make me smile

    5.31.2009 @ 9:53 am
    cara said,

    That is an absolutely gorgeous portrait of peonies, one of my favorite flowers. Mine just started blooming yesterday.

    6.1.2009 @ 10:24 pm
    Leanne said,

    Hi Cara, welcome to my blog, and thanks! Your photography is just beautiful!

    6.2.2009 @ 8:12 am

    Leanne, these photographs are really fabulous! I do believe peonies are the MOST beautiful flowers, and the images you’ve created have such a classic, old world look to them. The dramatic lighting really enhances the gorgeous look of the blooms.
    ‘Sounds like we have a lot in common. I’m a graphic designer and art director, I love to paint (although ‘haven’t had time for it lately), I’ve recently become interested in photography (and absolutely LOVE shooting flowers in studio and outdoors), and I love gardening. Amazing!
    Looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future!

    6.5.2009 @ 7:12 pm

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