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Friday, June 15, 2012

Peonies In The Spotlight







You've never seen Peonies here before. They aren't local, and are usually very expensive to acquire. The show doesn't last long, and so they are utterly indulgent. I jumped out of my skin when I found them touring at the Whole Foods market the other day priced like any other flower.





When they arrived late in the day, I bustled them in for a portrait on the high chair "stage."  The full length lace at the window makes for as much drama as a theater curtain. I had no idea lace could filter so much light!




The cafe curtains that usually hang around here like stage hands have a jauntier mood. But something weightier seemed necessary for the set of the Peony premiere. . . .






What's their best side? Left?










Or right?




I couldn't decide either way, so I just snapped away like paparazzi!




This may be the cover shot!






Ready for a closeup?





Final curtain call. . . .




I'm going back, hopefully, before the Peonies move on. But you never know. An event like this could be a sellout! I hope this was a big enough drama for you! It was almost more excitement than I could stand!  :o)

 Have a fabulous opening weekend!
I hope you have something summery wonderful planned!

Jacqueline




55 comments:

Lady of the Woods said...

oh gracious me....this Peony Drama ala Shakespeare continues.....here is my melodrama about these ephemeral beauties. this...'http://fairycafeandgarden.blogspot.com/2012/06/peonies.html

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Such lovely peonies! You were so lucky to find them.

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh Jacqueline....I LOVE peonies.....mine have already withered.......I bought my batch at Trader Joe's and you are right....they are here for such a brief period....but oh how lovely they are.....AND THE SMELL!!!! DIVINE.....

Jo

Anne said...

Oh my they are gorgeous.And beautiful photos too.Enjoy!
((((Hugs))))
Anne

Susy said...

Bravo! Bravo!

helen tilston said...

Hello Jacqueline

I could feel my computer screen shaking with your excitement. You have photoed the so beautifully.
Thank you for a joyful post
Helenxx

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Encore! Encore!

Happy Pink, J!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

STUNNING, Jacqueline...they really are the most lovely flowers...

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

Gorgeous!!! Absolutely gorgeous! And your photos just carry me away. You are such an artist in staging and photography. I needed a beautiful respite today and here it is. I so enjoy your work!!!

Michele said...

Oh my word!! SOOOOO lovely (: Peonies are one of my favorite flowers because of their layers of softness and substance. Your photos absolutely capture their beauty (: Wonderful job!

xoxo
Michele

Valerie Teeling said...

So beautiful!! I live in Alberta Canada and my garden has 4 peony bushes that have buds. I am looking forward to their blooming.
What a lovely display!

Vintage French Hen said...

gorgeous pictures! my peonies only produced one bloom this year! so disappointing, but I have been able to get them at Costco, so all is right in the world! HPS, Marcia

Imm@ said...

So beautiful peonies,my favorite flower,I live in Italy,your blog it's wonderful,do you want visit my blog?Bye Imma...

zapach piwonii said...

Sarah Bernard peonia my love and fascination,greetings from Polish, just bloom in the gardens of peonies

Rowan said...

I don't think I've ever seen paeonies for sale as cut flowers. These are beautiful photos.

Maria at inredningsvis.se said...

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Have an awesome week.

LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se
(Sweden)

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

How i would adore to have peonies.. they are so so beautiful.
I love your "high chair" stage setting Jacqueline..
very dramatic.. makes a statement.
I like the peonies any way.
We dont see them here. Possibly in specialised flower shops in Lisbon.
lovely post.
Happy pink saturday
val

Ozma of odds said...

...uuummmm
i like peonies right side ~ as in,
ANYWHERE, ANYTIME i can get my hands on them ~ it's right!!!
lol!!
but seriously, i sooooo get "peony drama"
i adore them too:)
now hurry up and get back to Whole Foods before they are all gone!!!
and treat yourself to one of their fabulous, pretty pastries too!

xo, Rosemary

jean@pilgrimscottage said...

So lovely! You did such a wonderful job of photographing these gorgeous peonies. One of my favorite flowers.

Snap said...

The peonies are gorgeous. I can't grow them here, but (believe it or not) i grew the most gorgeous peonies in Albuquerque!!!

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
Pretty Pink Peonies!!! Made me remember my beloved Mother~in~law's peonies in her fence row on the farm! Peeking out her kitchen window every May this same sight greeting her as she went about her chores! Center stage photo shoot is great...but the right side photo shot had me swooning! Lovely post!
Fondly,
Pat

chateau chic said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! And staged perfectly!
Mary Alice

Roselle said...

Lucky you finding them at a supermarket, no less!
GORGEOUS!!!

jeanetteann said...

They are the prettiest flowers. That close up shot is awesome. Love floaty lace with the light shining through. x

Michaela said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful peonies are color- I love them both for their fragrance!
Greetings !!Michaela

Home Bohemia said...

Beautiful Peonies...I just LOVE them!! Maria

wendy said...

Since they are such a royal flower, I guess a paparazzi photo shooting is in order eh.
The photos were gorgeous...every one. You certainly do know how to stage a picture .

Olive Cooper said...

They have no worse side lovey. Being in the deep south I have never seen one. How about that?

Suzann said...

Your pictures are stunning!!!
Love them all, I love the light coming through the lace curtains.
Happy Pink Saturday!!!

Suzann ~xoxo~

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Jacqueline, your peonies are gorgeous! They look stunning displayed in the high chair too. I love lace on the windows. Happy Pink Saturday and enjoy your weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Victorian1885 said...

Oh my... these are beautiful! Your photos are breathtaking! Have a great weekend..

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh they are beautiful Jacqueline. I love your vintage high chair. There is one in the attic at my mil's house and I've been tempted to bring it down here but I just don't have room. ;( My friend has about 20 peony plants along her driveway that are about to bloom so I'm going to get pictures. I'm hoping she'll give me a bouquet. All your photos of them are beautiful! Enjoy the day!!

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I absolutely understand your excitement and passion for the exquisite peony. I grew up on the east coast where we had them all over our yard but here in California I was told they wouldn't grow...I proved them wrong! This year hasn't been so great but last year I hot lots and they were beautiful. Yours are gorgeous and I love how you have featured them. Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful!!!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

gorgeous! oh why don't MY peonies look like that???

Lisa McDonald said...

I adore peonies too! Love your vignettes. Happy Pink Saturday.

eJoops said...

A wonderful and beautiful PINK post!


HPS, a little late but catching up to visit you. Here's my PINK, hope you'd come and see. Have a great weekend.

I am now following your blog. It would be lovely to have you follow back, thank you.

Cindy said...

I knew mixing you and a camera and gorgeous peonies was gonna make me grab my heart and swoon... and you did not disappoint... oh my goodness...

Cindy

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

The flowers alone are gorgeous, but with your styling and photography, they become a work of art!!

chubskulit said...

You have a beautiful entry this week.

Happy Pink Saturday. Come and take a peek at my PINK post when you get a chance. Enjoy Father's Day!

Shabby-Rose said...

Hallo,
I'm a new follower.
Your blog is very nice!

lovley greats from germany

Ramona

Louise (Elsie May and Bertha) said...

Peonies are one of my favourite flowers. I have a couple in my garden, but they aren't prolific at flowering, so I usually have to buy them if I want some in the house. Yours are lovely and beautifully photographed as usual.

Marina@Picnic at Marina said...

Lovely peony, I haven't seen peony in two years. I planted some, but they didn't have any flowers this year. I am not sure if they would even bloom here, it maybe too hot for them.
Your photos are so beautiful, I can smell the peony from it! :)

Pat @ Pat's Pink Apron said...

Those are so beautiful and huge.
I love them as much as roses.
Thank you for sharing them.

Faded Charm said...

So very Beautiful!!!!! Mine are finally opening up and I will be sharing some white ones on Tuesday:-)

xoxo
Kathleen

Carol said...

Jacqueline,
Such beautiful details! The peonies steal the show, but oh! the chippy high chair, the ruffled linen, the light, the metal bucket/ flower pail.
All wonderfully gorgeous.

Judy Bigg said...

Oh, Jacqueline, the peonies are just gorgeous, then when you add such lovely props to your images it is just overwhelming to look at. I love each and every picture.

Linda said...

Hi Jacqueline:
These look like my peonies...
Which are sadly...all done for this year...but they were fantastic, while they lasted...yours are lovely...pink is the BEST!!!

Have a great evening..
Cheers!
Lina :o)

June said...

Oh they are gorgeous Jacqueline!!! I love the beautiful photos of your lucky find!!!!
I wish they lasted all Summer long!
hugs from here...

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Beautiful pictures of the peonys. Mine are just now blooming. Love the fragrance.
Nancy

Austine Etcheverry said...

Never overkill when it comes to pictures of flowers. They are lovely.

Jacqui said...

I so love peonies! They are so hard to come by as well. What beautiful photos you have taken. Fabulous!

A Cottage Muse said...

So lovely!

Bella said...

Hi J,
WEll I am last in a LONG LIne of Peony lovers!! They are amazing, I inherited the ones I have with the house and am always lusting after some soft shades, just like yours, Dreamy!!! Perfect in show!
Hugs,
Bella

lynn said...

your peonies are beautiful, jacqueline:) the pictures are so very charming!

Haworth said...

What beautiful peonies, Jacqueline, and in such a perfect setting. I hope you got to enjoy them for several days.

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