This is such a cliche, but peonies are 100 percent, without a doubt my favorite flowers. They are just so incredibly beautiful, and I’m always giddy when I see them in local markets. (If you’re in Sarasota, you can still find them at Whole Foods.)
Sadly, they don’t grow well here, so it’s always fun for me to look at them in nature, and I just want to stare at these photos from Martha Stewart’s peony fields all day long. Between the pink and white and fuchsia flowers, the fog and the gorgeous morning light, the images are like a breath of fresh air, yes?
P.S. Long Winter Farm makes a fantastic peony-scented roll-on perfume that’s a little too strong for everyday wear but that I love regardless. And LWF’s honeysuckle and orange blossom perfumes are amazing, too. (They also have a scent called “Unicorn Farts,” which makes me laugh. Oh, and the roll-ons are $9 a pop. Total steal.)
P.P.S. That time I met Martha.