In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

Each Monday brings the chance to join Cathy’s In A Vase On Monday to share an arrangement using materials gathered from the garden.

 

In the southern border fragrant Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ blooms this week. Its large double, white flowers are flecked with a slight accent of red. I selected two for this week’s vase.

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

The larger peony measures over 7 inches across. Secured in place by a kenzan or floral pin frog, the majestic giant hovers gracefully just above the top of a black, glazed ceramic dish.

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

The juxtaposition of the circular form against the square container is repeated in the second part of the arrangement with a round posy in a glass cube.

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

Along with the second Festiva Maxima peony, the posy consists of a Siberian iris, two Anemones and a couple of sprigs of pink Phlox divaricata.

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

Materials
Anemone coronaria ‘Mr. Fokker’
Iris sibirica (Siberian Iris)
Paeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’
Phlox divaricata (Woodland phlox)
Foliage:  Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’ (Beardtongue)
Containers: black glazed ceramic square saucer and clear glass cube vase

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

Thanks to Cathy for hosting this weekly flower arranging addiction. Visit her at Rambling In The Garden to discover what she and others are placing In A Vase On Monday. Feel free to join in.

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42 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday—Festiva Maxima

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      You’ve certainly been much cooler than we have, although our spring has been nice and slow, giving the plants time to open gracefully and age gracefully. Feels like summer outside today after a very cool, wet weekend though.

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  1. Cathy

    Wow, those peonies! And I do especially like the blue anemones – mine were Mr Fokker too and they seem to be the most floriferous of the three colours, for me that is. I look forward to using them in my own vases! As always your arrangement is just so stylish – I love it. Thanks for sharing your talents with us

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  2. Kris Peterson

    A sigh was out of my lips the second I spied that peony at the top of your post, Susie. I suffer from a serious case of peony envy and ‘Festiva Maxima’ is a gorgeous specimen. In truth, I envy the anemones too – our February heatwave knocked out all chances of an anemone display this year.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The peonies are the pride of my garden this week, Kris. Glad you’ve enjoyed them. Very few anemones left here now, winding down. None of my new ones planted last fall produced any flowers.

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  3. An Eye For Detail

    We inherited a Festiva Maxima with our house, so it must be close to twenty years old. And it is gorgeous! And every year it has more and more flowers. They just started blooming yesterday so I will try to post some as I cut and arrange them. What gorgeous flowers indeed. I love yours with the purples; very lovely and oh so spring!

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  4. Annette

    I must say Christina is right, Susie, it’s just stunning. I like the simplicity and yet deep thoughts that go into each of your arrangements.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you Annette. I’ve been inspired by my new black dish–it has proved to be valuable. When the peonies opened this week I instinctively knew they had to star today.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Julie, thanks so much. I’m glad to share the peonies with you today. My interest in them is only a few years old, never having noticed them much before. Now I like them as much as camellias and gardenias.

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  5. Cathy

    You are a true artist Susie. This is exquisite! And a lovely reminder that my Festiva maxima will also be blooming in a few weeks. 🙂 (Don’t they smell gorgeous?!)

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cathy. Festive maxima has such presence, it didn’t take much work from me. Does smell wonderful. Will look forward to seeing yours soon too. Meanwhile my are getting drenched from an afternoon thunderstorm–a real deluge. I should have cut more!

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      1. Cathy

        That is so typical here too – as soon as the peonies have opened completely we get heavy rain! Hope your beauties aren’t too spoilt.

  6. Chloris

    It is such a beautiful peony, I love the way it is lightly touched with pink. I think we all agree that your arrangements are so stylish and simply stunning. You are so artistic Susie.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thank you, so kind. This peony is one I’d misidentified one year so am always grateful you helped me learn the proper name.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      The red accent is a nice touch, I agree. Thanks so much for your kind words. The peony seemed to need little assistance this week.

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  7. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    One flower we both have and enjoy. 🙂 This arrangement is stunning with the light and the dark colors. I was looking this morning, and my peonies are maybe 8″ tall and still quite a way from even having buds. Now, if I could only enjoy that fragrance it would be perfect. 🙂

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Nice to have a flower in common across the miles. Seems like no time that my peony was 8” tall–you’ll be enjoying your flowers and the scent soon I hope.

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  8. Hannah

    Black vases so enhance white flowers, I’m wanting to get one. Your arrangements look so elegant, Susie, the Festiva Maxima Peony is so full and ruffly, and I like the little red line on the petals. The deep purple Anemones and pink phlox are such pretty accents with the white.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Hannah, the black dish makes all the difference in this arrangement. I’d been wanting one for a long time. You should get one too.

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  9. Cath

    Wow, what a beautiful Peony. I’m envious too. I didn’t realise they are scented as well. Your designs are always so perfectly balanced in colour and form. The deep purple is intense and really showcases the peony.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Cath. The fragrance is a nice bonus for such a lovely flower. In some of the images that purple is a bit overstated. Purple or white is difficult to photograph well sometimes and this combination proved a challenge.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Agreed. We’ve had storms all week, ever since the peony began blooming, so I cut 6 or 8 and brought them inside. They smell great, although they don’t last well.

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    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks, buying that black dish was a great investment. ‘Festiva Maxima’ has been rewarding this year, but had to enjoy it indoors mostly–salvaged many flowers before the rains.

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