Peony - more than just a gorgeous flower!

Peony - more than just a gorgeous flower!

As it is the height of Peony season, make sure you fill your vase with these beauties whilst you still have the chance!  Blooming during early summer, they are one of the most popular flowers in Britain for early summer weddings.  Buy good quality ones and they will open to the size of a tea plate and with care will last in your home up to 2 weeks.

When you receive your Peonies you may find that some of them aren't opening.  This is because there is a sap that can stop them from blooming.  To help remove the sap hold the Peony head under a tap of warm (not hot) water to remove the sap.  They are hardier than you think!

Peony facts

We love to find out about the flowers we use - here are some interesting facts:

  • The Peony can reach 25cm in diameter when full open.  That's nearly the width of a ruler!
  • The Peony is available to perform self-pollination.
  • The Chinese boil and fry peony petals for a crunchy snack.
  • Peonies are native to Asia, Europe and Western North America.
  • According to traditional Chinese medicine they heal inflammation.
  • Peonies are poisonous to dogs and cats and can cause stomach upset.
  • Peonies are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.
  • The Peony is a perennial plant that can survive up to a 100 years.
  • The most popular variety of Peony, the pink Sarah Bernhardt was introduced in 1906 after the beloved French actress.

 

Perfect for the summer...

We have fallen in love with our hatbox flowers!  We thought they might be rather "twee" but having experimented with lots of different options we can see why customers love them!  

Perfect for any time of year - and a fantastic alternative to the usual bouquet we all love to make, give and receive!

For June fill yours with peonies, roses, lavender, delphiniums and even marigolds - they are a joy to make, especially when you "tip the lid"!

If you want to learn how to do this, we have a new workshop on the schedule "Blooming Hatboxes" - running in July and again in September.

Tempted?  Take a look here: Blooming Hatboxes>

The season for water...

Yes, really - it maybe summer, but there is one flower in particular that needs plenty of water (and I mean plenty).  The gorgeous Hydrangea!

  1. Cut Hydrangea will often last for days and then next time they wilt almost immediately.  To make the most of these stunning blooms here as some useful tips:
  2. It is important to cut the stems regularly as there is a sticky sap that can clog the stems preventing the water reaching the heads.
  3. When cutting Hydrangea, immediately after cutting (and do this late at night or early morning) put them in tepid water (and plenty of it).
  4. Boil a mug size amount of water.
  5. Cut the Hydrangea to the desired length (cut at an angle) and stand in the hot water for 30 seconds.
  6. Remove the lower foliage and immediately transfer the Hydraenga into tepid water and arrange.
  7. Put them in plenty of water - they drink loads, check every day!  Don't just top it up, recut the stems at an angle and add new tepid water. (if they are wilting try the hot water trick again).

 

 

July 06, 2016 by Sarah Wright