Seasonal bouquet/ mid June

seasonal bouquet - peonies, feverfew, cenolophium

There was a time when I did not like peonies. Nowadays, I don’t really remember why, but probably because I considered them old fashioned and too showy? When we bought our house, there was a well established clump of peonies in the garden and I gave them away.

A few years had passed and I completely came around and in 2010 ordered six varieties from specialist nursery Boon Pioenrozen to plant in what was then my cut flower garden on the allotment. I chose scented varieties with long vase life and then waited for them to bloom. Peonies take a while to get established but after that they are some of the longest lasting garden plants. It is not uncommon to find peonies happily flowering in long abandoned and completely overgrown gardens.

seasonal bouquet - peonies, feverfew, cenolophium

Last year there were enough flowers to pick a big bouquet for our house but this year there were so many that I could afford to be generous and even give some of my precious peonies away. This is a bouquet I took to friends who invited us over for lunch. The peonies are the well known and well loved sweetly scented “Sarah Bernhardt” variety and I used feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) and Cenolophium denudatum as foliage. Feverfew is a prolific self seeder and the long flowering cenolophium is a very useful bouquet filler that goes with just about any flower. I grew it from seed several years ago and just two plants are enough give me plentiful pickings.

seasonal bouquet

To see what is blooming in the rest of the world this week, you can look here: Seasonal Flower Alliance

4 comments for “Seasonal bouquet/ mid June

  1. 18/06/2014 at 00:05

    What a beautiful bouquet, love the little daisies too. Peonies are one of my favourite flowers I have several plants in bloom at the moment with a few spare flower stems in a vase in the kitchen.


    • vera@gtc
      19/06/2014 at 08:41

      Thank you, Angela! Garden bouquets are the best 🙂

  2. Mel
    13/06/2014 at 22:11

    So pretty. I’m still in the not a lover of peonies camp but seeing all the wonderful blooms I might have to change my mind.

    • vera@gtc
      15/06/2014 at 19:52

      It is just a matter of time 🙂

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