Don’t you love this over the top exuberant peony rose?
It is not in my garden but I was lucky enough to be given a bunch of peony roses by a friend over the weekend and I have loved having them in the house. They are exquisite, intricate, and bold and a real source of joie de vivre.
When I think about my childhood, I cannot remember having cut flowers in the house. We certainly had the maidenhair fern on the blackwood stand in the lounge room but flowers were left in the garden. At boarding school, I met one of my closest friends whose home was full of cut flowers and from then on, I was hooked.
So when I started to develop my own garden, my rules were that plants had to be edible, or habitat for native birds or suitable for cut flowers and that is why I grow some roses. Different from the peonies, but nevertheless beautiful and fragrant are these buds cut from my garden over the weekend.