Thursday, May 06, 2010

Friends and flowers...

This week has been crazy stressful.
I'm quite sure I haven't been as graceful or kind as I should have.

So I decided to do something nice.
My peonies are just starting to bloom.
They're my favorite flower. That's the same thing I say when my tulips bloom.
And my daffodils.
And my daisies.

I love that they're hot pink.
I'm not a fan of soft baby pink. I am a big fan of saying, "I'm not a fan of..."
I catch myself saying that all the time.

A few recycled jars. A bit of ribbon. A dab or two of hot glue.
20 minutes.
And hopefully it'll make the recipients very happy.
I'm dropping them off to surprise a few friends today.

My roses started blooming too, so I grabbed a few of those and popped them in.
Who says red and pink can't go together?
Not me.

It's kind of amazing what flowers and friends can do to refresh your spirit, huh?
I feel better already.

p.s. Do you know the trick to keeping cut peonies indoors? Right after you cut them, swish them around in a big bowl (or sink) of ice water. It will kill all the ants the love to crawl on the flowers. The ants will float to the top, and your flowers can be kept in a vase without the little critters everywhere!

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kraftykash said...

Those turned out great! Good idea with the ribbon and left over jars.

Julie Harward said...

What a great idea...makes anyone feel better! Come say hi :D

Mrs Anne said...

i love this idea.
i love those flowers!

Wendy said...

Why do my flowers never look like that? Oh yeah. It's because I kill everything I put into the ground. Nevermind.

Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Wendy, move to Kansas and I'll bring you some. :)

To be fair though, I didn't plant any of these. They were all here when we bought the home.

Erica said...

you are so sweet! i wish i lived close to you ;) lol

Unknown said...

haha! thanks beki!!! I love hot pink flowers!

rentz said...

I had a nice surprise on my front porch when I got home. Wish I would have been here to talk with you. Beautiful! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Natalie said...

Gorgeous!! my peonies are about a week away from blooming, hope they are this pretty :)

Ruth said...

so so beautiful. lucky friends!

Toni :O) said...

Just gorgeous! I miss my peony bushes from my first house...they were just beautiful! I should plant some in this house I'm in now. You are a sweet friend and how lucky were your friends? Wow!

amy d said...

you should totally dig those babies up and take em to the farm!!!! mine are just starting to pop open...yeah!!

Vanessa (and Company) said...

What a great idea! You are a girl after my own heart. I LOVE peonies, and if I ever get around to planting a garden, they will be in the mix for sure. I'm sure the receipients of your sweet gifts will be thrilled!

Chad and Jody said...

You're such a sweet person. Not only flowers and Nutty bars, but great advice and friendship. YOU are like my caffeine each day. Thank you!

Heather @ Life Made Lovely said...

red and pink are one of my favorite color combinations!

i bet that ice water trick would work for our sunflowers and zinnia, too. i'm always rinsing and rinsing to get the little creepy crawlies off. i like the soaking idea much better. i'm gonna try it!

Unknown said...

Very lovely and so simple!

Stacey said...

Wow! Gorgeous pictures and such beautiful flowers! My grandma gave me some peonies before she passed away. The first year my hubby put ant killer on them and they are just now recovering and starting to bloom. Not as nice as your's yet but they have been in my family for 65 years so I'm honored to have them. Thanks for the cutting tip- Happy Spring! Stacey

Lisa said...

Love your flowers! Enjoy them! Have a great week!
Hugs, Lisa

Brownie said...

I love your blog. The peonies are beautiful. Ours haven't bloomed yet, it will be several weeks yet.

That's a great idea for keeping them fresh in the house without the ants! I wouldn't have thought of that.

A note though - the plants outside need the ants to help open the blooms. right?

Unknown said...

Peonies were my grandfather's favorite flower! Are they hard to grow??? I really need to look into them. I love your hot pink!! Beautiful & thanks for sharing! =)