This bouquet was assembled with peony donations!
I've been having a bit of a peony panic in my yard. I went from having 6 happy and productive plants, to one plant that gives me 3 blooms - tops. Is the soil in my bed too wet? Did the plants get diseased? I had the same problem last year and now that I'm in the same boat, I'm taking a leaf/soil sample to the garden center for some advice. You can see my only peony in this photo: it is called "Gay Paree" and has magenta petals with a creamy center.
The rest of this gorgeous bouquet (I'm a florist at heart) was made with peony donations and a few "Royal Amethyst" roses. My neighbor and best friend both offered up some of their blooms so that I could still make flower arrangements. Thank goodness! I couldn't miss having something this wonderful in the house. And I discovered a distressed silver ice bucket in the basement - it must have been my mother's mother's from long ago. I gave it a good shine and it is perfect.
I'm making flower arrangements fit for a movie star. Love it!