there are really only two things i enjoy waking up for before 7 am: antique markets, and flowers. (hopefully that will be a three-item list come this summer when we are hoping to get a puppy...)
anyway, so guys, its peony season. aka they are my fave flowers so i had no problem waking up this sunday when i had my alarm set at 630am. I hit columbia flower market with wet hair at 745am to avoid the hustle and bustle bc guys if im honest i dont love crowds and most of the time im not sure i even like people. but i do like @byvanessaleigh so we both met up early sunday morning to avoid everyone and have pick of the peony litter. (by the way, my londoner 2 cents is to arrive after 130pm if youre looking to buy house plants bc at the end of the day you can make deals w the vendors but if youre looking for peonies in may, get there early bc they always sell out and expect no deals)
Vanessa opted for about 7 hydrangea stems that were bigger than her whole body and i opted for 3 bushels of huge fluffly soft pink non stripey peonies (hard to find!!). we were both school girls again , giggling and saying omg theyre so pretty to no one really in particular. we were both on cloud 9 as we skipped over to violets which is my fave dalston spot for breakfast (bc lets be honest it was like only 9 am by this point)- and i cant recommend it enough.
Obviously I am never without a Beaux Basket so Praia came along with for the journey bc she can fit the most flowers. 👍 I am really into pink at the mo (plus my trusty levis and go-to dramatic trench bc its not quite cold but its certainly not warm yet...) so I have curated some of my fave picks for spring.
so my one word of advice is GO buy pink peonies in pink shoes and then GO eat amazing fresh sourdough & eggs at Violet one sunday and then GO and snap some pretty pictures. Its good for the soul :)
happy may y'all
xo Ashley aka me
all photos of me are by @byvanessaleigh