In our garden, we are fortunate enough to have ten peony bushes - a wedding gift from my mother and step-father.
These flowers are one of my absolute favorite, and my heart skips a beat every time I see dozens of these big, flirty blooms gracing our picket fence. Bliss.
But, I have a confession to make: this is the first year that I have actually brought any of these beauties inside the house. The ants have always scared me away.
This year, however, my mother-in-law shared a little trick with me. Just dunk the blooms in a large bowl of warm soapy water, and then shake away the excess water. I didn't even add soap to my water and it worked just fine.
As long as the blooms aren't near the end of their (short) lives, they should easily withstand all of the dunking and swirling and gentle shaking.
Tell me, what are your favorite flowers?