For Motherâ€™s Day, we thought that bringing a nice bouquet of flowers for our dinner hostess (a mother) and her mother (my wifeâ€™s aunt), would be nice. We took a brief walk to the neighborhood florist whose sidewalk stand was simply bursting with choices as it was possibly the busiest day of the year in his businessâ€¦ There were many spectacular choices but the one that immediately caught our eye were the beautiful white peonies. These flowers had enormous heads and the petals were already open and for lack of a good adjectiveâ€¦they looked voluptuous. You only get peonies for a brief period in the Spring every year and they come in white, pink, magenta, etc. We asked the florist to wrap up a nice bouquet of all white peonies and while he got busy doing that (packaging is a big deal in Italy), we looked at some of the other items on offer. It was hard to pass up the roses in a mixture of colors as they looked more like backyard roses (still have character and fragrance), rather than farm grown, anally retentive types that you see so often in florists fridges these days… The huge pots of hydrangeas also looked temptingâ€¦
How about an enormous climbing rose bush in full bloom for oneâ€™s terrace?
Or maybe a nice orchid plant in full bloom?
Perhaps a small arrangement with cymbidiums and lemon leaves?
Or a more practical herb basket for an avid cook?
The pink peonies looked pretty good as well!