Tuesday, June 10, 2014

5 Favorites {no. 10} Peony edition

This week's edition of 5 Favorites is dedicated to my all-time favorite flower: the peony.

I love watching peonies grow. The progression from that tight, round ball of a bud to the full beauty of the open blossom gets me every time. Gorgeous.
Peonies bloom once a year and for a short period of time, making them extra special. I like that.
Peonies are such a romantic flower.
{Wedding photo by A Thousand Words Photography}
I had white ones in my wedding bouquet and on our sweetheart table.

This white peony is from a bush outside of my apartment here in NYC (so are the pink peonies in favorite no. 1). I had no idea these plants were here when we signed the lease. I think God knew the joy they would bring me, almost like a little wink from Him.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the place where I first fell in love with peonies: the Peony Garden at the University of Michigan's Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor. When the garden is in fullest bloom there are close to 10,000 flowers. It's simply glorious. If you're ever in the area during May or June, do yourself a favor and go.
Thank you, Lord, for peonies. :) Do you have a favorite flower? I'd love to hear! 

Be sure to visit the gorgeous Miss Hallie and other lovelies for more favorites!

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  1. Peonies are one of my favorites... So breathtakingly beautiful. I think my all-time favorite would have to be Rose of Sharon, though. (Hybiscus) I just love those...
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  2. Sighs...peonies are my favorite flower. I had pink and whites ones in my wedding bouquet...they smell soo good:)

  3. Peonies are absolutely gorgeous! I would love to have some of them in my garden one day :)

  4. Those are gorgeous!! I wish we had a peony bush. Rose are my favorite since that is my middle name, but I also love tulips.

  5. My grandma used to raise the most amazingly beautiful peonies. They are such an unpretentious, yet beautiful flower!! They will always be one of my favorites!


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