Welcome to Peonies & Posies, an inspirational blog which is all about creating a beautiful and productive garden.

Peony-Sarah-Bernhardt
Peony Sarah Bernhardt

I am Julie King, author of Peonies & Posies and self taught gardener, artisan florist and amateur photographer. All the images that you will see here have been taken by me either on my Canon 500D or on my iPhone and almost all the flowers are homegrown.

I am also a wife and mother to three as well as the proud owner of 2 dogs, a cat, 2 rabbits and 6 Buff Orpington hens. In my few free moments I am trying to learn to play the piano and always like to have a good book on the go.

I am passionate about growing beautiful flowers and delicious fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables. I combine everything that I grow to make simple elegant seasonal displays for my friends and my home. Occasionally I even use my garden flowers to style weddings and other large events. My edible produce is turned into family dishes with a seasonal touch. Even the flowers are rounded up to flavour sugars, cordials ad salads.

Lilac
Making Lilac Sugar

Peonies & Posies is my special place where I can share in words and images the seasonal life of my romantic English garden. I am very lucky to live in an old victorian rectory with a large garden that is partly walled and partly enclosed with a beautiful seasonal hedgerow. The garden is filled with old, large trees, dreamy seasonal blossom, lots of fruit and my favourite roses, peonies, delphiniums, lilac and lavender.

The-Lavender-Walk
The Lavender Walk

My love of gardening came from my father, who could always be found pottering about in his garden. I spent many very happy hours as a child following him around his garden discussing life, the universe and other childhood passions. I am now enjoying  country life with my own family, after working as a corporate lawyer in London.

Buff-Orpington-Chickens
The Buff Orpington Ladies

My garden is also home to my lovely greenhouse where I can grow flowers all the year round. Many of my late autumn and winter posts feature the flowers, salad and vegetables that grow in here during the cold English winter.

Alitex-Greenhouse
My Greenhouse

My dream is to encourage my readers through my seasonal posts to create their own beautiful romantic garden spaces filled with an abundance of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. In particular I would like everyone to feel inspired to turn a little patch into a Cutting Garden to fill jugs, bottles and vases with beautiful seasonal flowers for their homes and to give as gifts to friends and family.

Floating-Hellebores
Floating Hellebores

You can find more of my flowery photographs and inspirations on my Peonies & Posies Instagram feed, FaceBook page, Pinterest boards and Twitter. You can also make sure that you never miss a post by subscribing on my blog page.

If you would like to contact me by email, please do so at peoniesandposies.17@gmail.com.

I really do hope that you will enjoy your first look at Peonies & Posies and that you will become a regular visitor!  Please do leave a comment – I am looking forward to hearing from you!

 

24 Comments on About

  1. You have a lot of wonderful space to develop! I had two daughters and one son,but they are in their 20’s..my oldest lives in England with her Swedish husband….we lived in an urban area to live closer to schools and jobs when our kids were younger. My youngest just moved out this year, and my gardens have kept expanding over the years… I love garden photos and reading about growing vegetables, herbs and flowers…beautiful flowers. I love to look at other gardens and how they use their space…I have an Urban Potager in the city with an older home on a less than 1/4 lot..will enjoy reading your blog..I love mixing vegetables,flowers and herbs and growing year round in our zone 5 garden.

    • Hi Robbie,

      It was so nice to turn my computer on this morning and find all your lovely comments. It really cheered up an otherwise grey day! I am pleased that you found your way here – I have had a look around your site and we clearly share much in common. I too always love to read about what other gardeners are doing and to look at pictures of their plots. Thank you again for taking the time to comment and I look forward to future dialogues on both our sites!

      Julie

  2. Sir Walter Scott said, “Nothing is more the child of art than a garden.” The living of life fully is both a science and an art. Some visualize our journeys from the inside-out, and some of us actualize ourselves from the outside-in. Whether we imagine ourselves an artist, a scientist or a social engineer, our heritage and therefore our intelligence, is absolutely individual and unique. However quickly we may deny the genius in the simple and the beautiful, each is gifted equally the greatest gift of all, our individual selves.

    Food is an image of our complete nourishment. The Garden is a living metaphor inviting us to join forces with root and branch and grow. Our homes and the wall of our houses form the seams between our personal selves and social obligations. In this way we can be certain our culture is elevated above the barbaric.

    Knowing our place in all of this is a gift we give ourselves with patient respect. From The Healing Garden we send you salutations. May your Peonies & Posies bring as much to you as you bring to others in your record of your journey. Thank you for making this a place we are welcome, too. – The Healing Garden gardener

  3. Hello Julie, I’ve just found your blog after reading a comment you left on Garlic and Sapphire and I have to say your photos are stunning. I loved reading your post about your cherry blossom – my fruit trees are covered in blossom at the moment, I’m thrilled at the sight every time I’m in the garden! Spring is so special. Looking forward to reading more of your blog, have signed up for email updates.

    • Hi Caro and welcome! I have just clicked over to your blog and you have some very interesting things going on at your plot – I have subscribed and am looking forward to comparing notes.

  4. Hi Julie! You have a great project in your hands and I will be happy to follow its development here 🙂

  5. hi there! I am visiting here through Be Still 52 and I’m completely dazzled by all I see on your blog! What a fabulous garden you must have! You can believe that I will be checking in often:)

  6. Hi Julie
    Love to read your blog and photos are always brilliant.
    Please can you advise on where to buy tulips and which are best for cutting Garden, and how many to buy,now is the time to buy I think?
    many thanks
    Sarah

    • Hi Sarah,

      Now is certainly the time to buy tulips, but how many and where from are difficult questions to answer. If you put tulips in my search box you will see photos of most of the tulips I grew in the Cutting Garden this spring. I usually buy at least 50 per variety and plant in groups of 10. Prices will vary according to how many you buy, but tulips are generally cheaper on line than in garden centres or shops ( also the bulbs tend to be bigger and fresher). Have a look at The Gee Tee Bulb Company, Peter Nyssen and The Clare Bulb Company. Sarah Raven is more expensive, but has some lovely unusual varieties.

      Thank you for commenting and I hope this helps!

  7. Hi there,
    I just found you from Cathy (Rambling in the Garden). Your garden looks fabulous, especially the greenhouse. I’d like to join in with the meme, is it always on the 11th of the month? And I must ask you, because I have just inherited a similar style of staging, what are the clay (?) pellets you are using? I was going to use gravel but clay would seem a better option as it is so much lighter.

    • Thank you and welcome Mary! I am so pleased to hear that you will be following our english summer – which is probably not much better weather wise than your winter Down Under.

  8. Hello Julie – Lovely blog! The photos are so beautiful – I am from a company that sells all natural candles and would like to use one of your photos from the 15th December 2014 of tealights and potted plants.

    It’s for an email on how to style candles in a kitchen and I would like to suggest to users to style them like you have. Of course giving you credit for the picture and linking your blog. I need your permission first to do so, if you don’t agree that’s completely fine and I won’t use the picture. It’s completely up to you.

    Thanks so much!

  9. Hi Julie, I live in Australia on acreage just outside our capital city Canberra. I have just discovered your blog and look forward to reading you regularly now. Our climate is harsh. Very cold wit minus 10 mornings and in summer very hot. Occasionally we get 40 degrees centigrade days with strong dry winds. Rain is not always forthcoming so roses, lavender and European trees are my best option as I try to develop a shady colourful garden.

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