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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The peony or the rose?


Every spring in lovely Southern California, the Trader Joes markets sell bunches of peonies for $6.99. It's a monumental occasion for us because, otherwise, the billowy flowers are almost impossible to find here. This year, they seemed larger and more vibrant than usual.

I've always thought of myself as a rose girl, but maybe peonies are more beautiful?

A rose will always be a rose, but a peony is like the full moon in flower form,
even if they do smell like cabbage.


40 Comments:

Blogger Kate said...

I love peonies! I love the amount of petals that they have. Gorgeous.

xx

June 2, 2010 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Alina said...

Peonies are soo beautiful and I love that they sell them at Trader Joes :) Roses are equally beautiful though, must I choose.

Cheers!
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June 2, 2010 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

The peony, always! I had a trio of beauties last week, and they had a subtle fragrance, so lovely (not at all like cabbage)! Enjoy your blooms :)

June 2, 2010 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Paris Hotel Boutique said...

That's a toss-up. I'm going for the peony unless they are HUGE garden roses!

June 2, 2010 at 9:42 PM  
Blogger Mlle Paradis said...

Welcome back Tina! I have a tough time between roses, ranunculae et peonies. I have decided that I do not have to choose! Just to buy armloads whenever whatever is in season.

Your pics are lovely.

June 2, 2010 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

ah, ranunculaes! how could i forget!

June 3, 2010 at 12:35 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

Peonies always remind of big sumptuous women in 18th century courts - how could anyone resist that?!

June 3, 2010 at 12:44 AM  
Blogger The Gourmet Traveller said...

They smell like cabbage?! I have never had a peony but I have loved them from afar. So pretty!

June 3, 2010 at 12:57 AM  
OpenID pkjb said...

Peonies every time! ck :) x

June 3, 2010 at 12:59 AM  
Blogger Breenuh said...

Ooo, these are lovely! We like to buy daffodils and irises from TJ's because it's fun to buy them as buds and watch them open over a few days :.)

June 3, 2010 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger pixelhazard said...

The roses out the front of our house look about as big as these and smell so sweet and fragrant so i'll still have to pick roses unless it comes to wedding bouquets...the only time I personally have decided not to be a rose girl

June 3, 2010 at 2:35 AM  
Blogger vicki archer said...

I can't choose between the two.....an impossible task, xv

June 3, 2010 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger Frau said...

Peonies for their look and rose for the smell...best of both!

June 3, 2010 at 4:58 AM  
Blogger Saudade said...

Just wonderful!
It is my Mother's favorite flower!
:)

June 3, 2010 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger Giulia said...

Oh no, you lil devil, I'm not getting into this again. Both. (Yours smell like cabbage? Egad.) Besides, some roses don't have scent anymore...more's the pity.

Peonies remind me of my maternal grandmother proud possessor of a peony "hedge" all around her back & front garden--yep, an actual border of 3 feet by goodness how long. I never knew they were "fancy" until I went to buy some as a young adult.

Anyway, very glad you got some. TJ's not walkable for me, so it's $9.99 at WFoods. Only once this year...but hope to pick some up a bunch at the farmer's market this weekend. They're almost done here...

ciao-meow & xoxo, Tina. From both Giulia & self.

June 3, 2010 at 6:46 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

whole foods has them too! i'm on my way...

June 3, 2010 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger home made girl. said...

i love the look of peonies, but we can't grow them here in florida. so i am a rose girl. i have huge lovely garden roses growing by my drive, that fill the air with their scent and make coming home a joy! i hope to add more every year, and eventually have the house surrounded by a merry profusion of roses.

June 3, 2010 at 7:34 AM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

I read somewhere that peonies invite love into your life. That actually having them in your house tells love to come through your "door." Who couldn't use some more??

June 3, 2010 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger MsNovemberTuesday (aka Iris) said...

Peonies and Lilacs please!

June 3, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
OpenID calamity-hell said...

I love roses but I think I prefer peonies. Here in my region in France they grow well and they smell like paradise ^^
(maybe you don't have the species which smell good?)

June 3, 2010 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Jessie said...

Peonies are beautful it is true but Roses win any time! Can't beat their wonderful aroma!xx

June 3, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Melissa Blake said...

Those are lovely -- wish I could smell them through the computer! xoxo

June 3, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Cassie said...

A hard choice! I just clipped some roses for my kitchen table. I'd love to get my hands on some peonies, though!

June 3, 2010 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger The Drifter and the Gypsy said...

i've always been a bit of a rose girl myself, but these peonies are oh-so-lovely!

June 3, 2010 at 2:55 PM  
Blogger drollgirl said...

GAH!!!! i bought these EXACT peonies from trader joe's on friday! i figured $6.99 was a reasonable price to pay for these beauties, and they were AWESOME to behold! i love them!

roses, schmoses! well, roses are fine and all, but peonies win today!

June 3, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Vicki Dreste said...

I love peonies. For me peonies are summer.
Vicki

June 3, 2010 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger suzanne said...

i've been designing peonies almost daily in my floral arrangements and love them but nothing is more lovely and fragrant than the rose, so i use both! all the best - peace, s.

June 3, 2010 at 4:21 PM  
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June 3, 2010 at 5:04 PM  
Blogger Nishant said...

I love roses but I think I prefer peonies.
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June 3, 2010 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

peony flowers are so showy~ pure delight! Plus, shades of pink bring smiles*

June 3, 2010 at 7:50 PM  
Blogger BALLET NEWS said...

Peony all the way - especially Shirley Temple which is about to burst into flower in my garden !

June 4, 2010 at 4:16 AM  
Blogger R. J. said...

I love both.

June 4, 2010 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Molly McGonigle said...

Isn't that deal in trader Joe's amazing? I bought two bunches for myself last week. They still look gorgeous.

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June 4, 2010 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger CK said...

Cabbage? They LOOK like cabbages a little bit, but to me they smell like a cross between roses and carnations and are divine! I have a big bouquet from my yard sitting on my table right now in front of me.

June 4, 2010 at 1:26 PM  
Blogger Ta said...

Peonies are wonderful. They are full and beautiful.

June 5, 2010 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Penney said...

I go for the Peonies, although the New Dawn roses and Rosa Regosa make me drool..
Didn't see them in TJ's yesterday in Palm Desert? Off to Whole Foods I guess.
xo ya, Penney

June 7, 2010 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger genevieve said...

I think they are absolutely beautiful, and such a nice, slightly different alternative to the classic rose. beautiful pics!

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June 9, 2010 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger reckless daughter said...

peonies all the way ;)

June 9, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger sisters in black frocks said...

peonies are so special

June 12, 2010 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger soulflower said...

cabbages...you are so funny...peonies are my favorites i had them when i got married but roses are gorgeous too especially the garden type...one of my favorites is yves piaget...they open up to mammoth proportions...and the fragrance is heavenly...sometimes if you go early in the week you can find them at mayesh in the la flower district...

June 22, 2010 at 1:03 PM  

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