Friday, May 21, 2010

Pink Peonies and Campanulas


I love the weather in Florida and we stay until the beginning of June.  But I miss my flowers up north and some of the flowers I miss the most (besides lilacs) are peonies. I was thrilled to walk into Fresh Market this week and see peonies. I had to have them so I did! They also had campanulas which make for a very pink arrangement. I took many pictures and I hope you enjoy them.

I am joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday and Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. Please stop by and visit them after our visit.


I played with Virtual Painter. Thank you Jackie in Surry. I have had more fun with this program. Would that I could paint but I can’t and this program takes your photos and turns them into different styles of paintings. I am taking some of my favorites and having them made into note cards.



More from the camera…..


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I arranged the flowers in a vintage Fenton vase on a crocheted tablecloth made by my grandmother.


A few more pictures of the flowers. I got a little carried away….


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Another virtual painting…..impasto 1

A peony and an antique mug that belonged to my grandmother.

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A mosaic in Picasa….

splash of peonies

I just love flowers. It is so wonderful to be able to buy the flowers that grow in the garden.

Happy Pink Saturday


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Carol!

These are gorgeous! I love peonies, and next to the divine smelling freesia (love that flower!), peonies are my favorites. I love the pink and the white. You can never show me enough flowers, and I love the pictures you painted with them. Great job!

Happy Pink Saturday a little early!


Sheila :-)

Pam said...

The flowers are fantastic! Our peonies are not budding yet but will soon and I can't wait wait! Not only are they gorgeous, they smell divine also. Your paintings are wonderful, you're very talented! Happy PS to you!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your peonies are gorgeous. How fortunate you were to find them for sale. My neighbor just delivered a bouquet similar to yours at our back door just a few minutes ago. Everything is better in pink.

I'm amazed at your paintings. They're beautiful and very creative.

A Garden of Threads said...

Peonies are wonderful, but they just come into bloom and the rain drops all their petals. Playing with the photo programs to mosaic is sooo much fun!:0) Have a wonderful weekend and take care.

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Carol, Thanks for the comments on my quilt and my name is Jennifer.

John said...

Carol, out of this world arrangements and photo's of them. Thanks for sharing them with all your blogger friends!

John & Dean

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I love the table with the flowers! Peonies are the most delicate of flowers. The blooms look like fine lace.

Claudia said...

It's easy to get carried away by peonies! I totally understand! Your photos are beautiful, Carol!


Kathleen said...

Two of my favorite blooms. I am anxiously waiting for the peonies to bloom! The hydrangea are loaded with buds..I was worried I cut them back too late..
Your pictures are wonderful!
Have a wonderful weekend, Carol!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The flowers are very pretty, but your tablecloth is spectacular, very special!

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

Happy Pink Saturday!!

I love your peonies. Used to have 2 at my mother's house years ago. Your photos and paintings are gorgeous. I love the picture with the teacup peeking out!


Pam said...

I love your photos of the peonies. What wonderful pinks you have provided for this week.

Happy Pink Saturday

Mary said...

Carol, I share your love of peonies. They grow quite well here in Oregon. I must compliment you on your photos and the mosaic. Very nicely done! I hope you are having a wonderful Pink Saturday. Blessings...Mary

jackie.manning1 said...

Hi Carol

Love the photographs and the Virtual painter pics are marvellous.I love the flowers on the beautiful crochet cloth. The mosaics are great!! We have peonies in flower here in the UK but I don't have any in the garden. The Rhododendrons and Azaleas are beautiful here this year.

Take care, best wishes, Jackie In Surrey, UK.

From the Kitchen said...

Oh so pretty in pink! Carol, thanks for coming along with me to "Mitford". You were a great traveling companion.


blushing rose said...

LOVE that quilt & the gorgeous peonies.

Have a beautiful week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Beautiful pics!! The flowers look so ruffly and soft!!


Marit said...

Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing. I have a very soft spot for those romantic peonies...
; )

Rettabug said...

Carol, your photos are breathtaking!!! I was not aware of Virtual Painter...must go check that out. You found the softest pink imaginable. I ♥ it!!

My peonies are just now starting to open. I cut a few yesterday.
My friend sent me this link to advice on how to keep them for a long time:

I can't wait to try it!!

Anonymous said...

They're gorgeous! Love peonies. Saw some just budding on our walk in the neighborhood yesterday. Can't wait for them to open. ~Jeanne

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

The prettiest pinks I've seen! So delicate and soft looking. Love all the arrangements and the fun photo plays. Looks like you are mastering many of the Photo programs. Great job, Carol.

Dishesdone said...

They're gorgeous! I love the paintings, very creative!

Anonymous said...

Peonies have been a favorite of mine since my childhood in Iowa. Grandma ALWAYS had peonies along her driveway... they evoke beautiful memories for me.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Shelia said...

HI Carol! Your flowers are so beautiful, your mosaics are so beautiful and I love your virtual painting you've used on them. I love that.
be a sweetie,
shelia :)

32˙North said...

Hi Carol,

Your cards are terrific! What a wonderful way to capture and save the flowers!


The Tablescaper said...

Peonies are gorgeous. Mine have yet to bloom. I only have one bush. Every year I say I need to plant another.

- The Tablescaper

Anonymous said...

I love-love the virtual painter! I am going to have to check it out...beautiful flowers. Your blog is so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Oh how nice is it that I've found your blog! I am totally in love Carol! it's beautiful..your photos, the florals...the artwork is terrific!

i do hope to get to know you better...and i'm now your newest follower!
hopefully you'll come by and visit me too! anytimes fine, and bring your coffee! lol

ciao bella~!
creative carmelina

Cass @ That Old House said...

Carol, peonies are my favorite flower! And I have none of them -- so thank you MANY TIMES for posting so many lovely images of them -- I can enjoy them "virtually!"

That painter program is amazing -- do you buy it online or at a store? Wow -- they will make charming notecards. What a great idea!

Mary said...

Carol, just jumping back in to let you know you have mu permission to buy your ghee :-). Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Wendy said...

I love all you peonies.... mine are just thinking about blooming. That virtual program is pretty neat-- makes beautiful images.

Have a beautiful day!

Pondside said...

That was just beautiful! I'll have to learn about his virtual painter - looks like fun!

Bill said...

Hi Carol,
The peonies have come (and, sadly, gone) here in West Tennessee. They were spectacular this year. It's been a wonderful spring for gardening. I love seeing yours, and your photographs captured the lush qualities of the blossoms perfectly!

What a treasure your grandmother's crocheted tablecloth is! Her mug is so pretty, and it coodinates so nicely with the peonies!

Hope the rest of your week goes well.

Kindest regards,

Kate at Serendipity said...

Peonies are my favorite flower! I love it when they're in season--I fill my house with them and their lovely fragrance. Thanks for a preview of this year's flowers.

Thanks for asking about that cake pan. You can find it here:

Sharon said...

Just beautiful. Have not heard about the painting program. I must find out more.


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