The night before the Day of Design event at the Mayflower Grace we got the biggest rainfall I have ever witnessed at The Country House. (I am not kidding you, even though the river is miles away it sounded like the Housatonic was rushing through our back yard.) The next day, I didn’t make it outside to assess the damage before for my 9am call. When I arrived home the Peony heads were still heavy with rain and didn’t appear to be bouncing back in the afternoon sunshine. Still dressed from the event I stepped into the Perennial Garden and brought an armload of peonies inside. I really enjoy driving into our car park and seeing all the flowers and how the garden display changes week to week. I know that the people who drive by enjoy it too – I have had several neighbors slow down, lower their car window and say something to me about how pretty it is. Transplanting the Perennial Garden from the backyard into the front last year was the best landscape decision we’ve made to date. We enjoyed the last few Peony buds in the dining room this past weekend. I was determined not to mess again with cutting flowers from the garden until I found absolutely nothing at the market worth bringing home last Friday. I am starting to think they’ve changed floral buyers or something – it seems it’s Alstroemeria, tulip and rose season year around at our grocery store. Should I offer my buying services? Open a flower shop? Schlep flowers from the NYC Wholesale Market? I am desperate! LOL.And speaking of what is available at the market, I have been addicted to that Spinach and Orzo Salad Recipe I shared with you back in March. (I have found that 1 cup of dressing is good for a double batch of ingredients.) I have been broiling a grass fed steak, baking off Niman Ranch pork chops, or baking up marinated chicken breasts and serving it alongside salad for easy dinners on hot evenings – remember, we don’t have air conditioning in NWCT.