1 This past spring, the peonies were spectacular, however, they were more than two weeks early.
2 This was a real problem, because I had scheduled my annual peony party for when they would normally be in full bloom.
3 This is what the peonies looked like the day before the party - a little tattered, but still beautiful.
4 Peter took a stroll through the garden and captured some gorgeous specimens.
5 This looks like crepe paper.
6 I wonder how many petals this peony has?
7 It's hard to believe that such a small bud could open and become such a large bloom!
8 Beautiful simplicity
9 Pink and pretty!
10 I'm always happy when my good friend, Chef Pierre Schaedelin comes to the farm and cooks.
11 Pierre made colorful and delicious hors d'oeuvres.
12 The row in the center is a very finely minced chicken salad Provençal flavored with lots of fresh herbs and topped with diced carrot and celeriac.
13 On the left is a white bean puree with artichoke heart and fava bean. On the right is eggplant caviar topped with shrimp and roasted pepper.
14 On the left is a potato salad in a potato shell with gerkins, capers, and red onion. On the right is an asparagus tart with a poached quail egg.
15 Pierre also made grilled sweet Italian sausage served on mini brioche and grilled mini burgers.
16 The burgers grilling
17 Pierre slicing sausage with a tray of mini brioche. Yum!
18 There was also a cold and refreshing pureed fresh pea soup from garden.
19 Here I am with my good friends, Steve Gerard and Jane Heller.
20 Frank Geiger and Muffin Dowdle
21 Carey and Allesandra
22 Rutger joins the party with his own hors d'oeuvre
23 Sarah Seifer - taken by PM
24 Lynn Ryan and Rachel Ocken
25 Camile Branca & Marianne Hawley
26 Parker Gilbert, Kurt Harrison share a laugh with me
27 Andi Davis and Meghan Douglas
28 With David Hochberg
29 My tree guys - Ralph Robbins and George Bridge
30 Heather Kirkland and Erin Furey of the MSLO even staff helped make this a wonderful event.
31 Leslie Needham and John Needham
32 Eric, Lee, Janet and Ken
33 Peter Chryssos and his mother
34 Stacy Albanese and her parents
35 Hey Francesca, let's head over to the snack table!
36 RJ Marx & Michael Millius + handsome waitstaff
37 Yasmeen Bernstein
38 Russell Hernandez
39 Wendy and Stuart Ross
40 Janet Jacobsen and Peter
41 Casey Brooks, Kirtley Cameron, Peter, Lee
42 Susan MacGill and her lovely daughter
43 Ken and Lee Roberts