Peonies

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More Spring rains…

A quick garden view…

Peonies bent low in their garden beds…


Peonies

The daisies underfoot are egigeron…the “Santa Barbara Daisy” …

easy growers that find their own way through the garden borders.

peonies

The blooms are so heavy with rain that I’ve

decided to clip a dozen or so peonies to bring inside…

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Kansas, Sarah Bernhardt, and Vivid Rose blooms…

Have water in the bucket before I clip…

anything to extend the blooms!

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Will re-cut the stems underwater once inside…

Keep them in a cool place…out of the sun…garden

In the twenty years since I’ve designed and planted and tended

this garden…this is the latest that the peonies have bloomed!

A very, very cool, wet, and late Spring!

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In Waiting

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French apartment
A line of 18th century portraits hung sparely

alongside one another…

The perfection of striped gilded chaise and parquet floor…

Venetian eglomise mirrorThis 18th century Venetian églomisé mirror

and the photo above are from Frédéric Méchiche’s

Paris apartment in the January 1994 issue

of World of Interiors photographed by René Stoeltie.

Love the chalky walls, the sense of restraint

the lure of that one extravagant find…

Paris Apartment

Frédéric Méchiche again…this time for French pop star Karen Cheryl in Paris Objet Trouvé here

 One of those small but perfect little books…

Edgy, eclectic, virtuoso pairing of pedigreed antiques with plucky finds…

René and Barbara Stoeltie photography

flower borders

I am trying to keep you amused whilst awaiting the

Big Extravagant Peony Event. It’s about this time of year

that I start having dark thoughts about whether

these hard to bloom plants are worth their space.

peonies Trouvais

Thirty plants. Twelve plants in bud. The air is heavy with

anticipation, and an unseasonable chill.

Another rumor of rain!

Garden border

Here’s a Vivid Pink peony about to explode…

That’s nice…but I want this!

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The borders on either side…still waiting…

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Feeding roses

Early Saturday morning…

Shall I run to the Chateau Sonoma French Flea Market here

 Or the Car Boot Sale in Sonoma here tomorrow…

Ah…but I am content…my plate is full…

roses

Rosy red Madame Issac Periere and lilac pink Madame Ernest Calvat.

Creamy white Devoniensis c. 1838…

Warning…this is what a garden will do to you…

Garden roses
Honorine de Brabant

Our friends at Atelier de Campagne here will be at Chateau Sonoma…

a first for them…so I am tempted..perhaps tomorrow…

My favorite restaurant is a quick stroll from Chateau Sonoma…

Girl and the Fig here

Have a lovely weekend!