For locals, I just inquired about the expected peony shipment at the Whole Foods on West Paces Ferry Road. None are in yet, but the staff is hopeful the flowers will be in next week. Some of you may remember the tree peonies planted by historian William Howard Adams at his Shenandoah Valley house, Hazelfield. He was inspired by Beijing's Summer Palace. Click here to see more. Photography above by Lisa Hubbard for Southern Accents, March-April 2006.
Photo above cropped from an Elle Decor story, June-July 2000, about the Michael Smith-designed home of fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and his wife, actress Lori Laughlin.
No peonies above, just the beautiful gardenia in Grace's hair. I think these images have already been seen around the world -- I couldn't resist posting them here, though. Look for her Savannah wedding in an upcoming issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. For something similar, take a look back at Amy's wedding.
To learn about growing peonies, read Dawn Cannon's story.
And if you've not yet seen it, surf over to Blushing Hostess' amazing post.