Years and years ago I saw Martha Stewart talk about peonies on her show. I was, and still am, a huge fan, and watched her show every single day. I loved her peonies and if this company was good enough for her, they were also good enough for me.
After scouring the company’s website, I decided on four different peonies and have been obsessed with the plant ever since.
When Dad found the peony garden at the Nichols Arboretum on the University of Michigan campus, we knew we had to take a trip out there. The bloom was late this year because of a chilly spring, but many of the flowers popped shortly after Memorial Day, and on the day we went, about 60% or more of the flowers were in bloom.
It was the perfect day, overcast and not too warm, to inhale the delicate, not too perfumy scent of the flowers in a watercolor palate of pinks and whites, mostly, with some more vibrant reds and yellows here and there.
The bugs were few and far between, the people were plenty, and it’s clear why, but the garden is large enough for everyone to explore in peace and take a few moments to meditate and contemplate life.
It was such a simple pleasure, a simple outing that meant so much and will forever stand out in my mind. The trip to Zingerman’s following the garden wasn’t too shabby either.
For the day, I wore my new Wayf dress. It’s one of my current favorite brands since it is both reasonably priced and made in the USA – my favorite combination, and one I am pleasantly surprised is becoming more readily available.
I hope you take time to literally stop and smell the flowers this summer!
Dress: Wayf // Shoes: Saint Laurent