Hello May, I’m so pleased to see you. In my opinion, the best month of the year for flowers…namely my favourites of Lily of the Valley, Lilac, and Peonies.
After the love you all showed for peonies in the first of my Seasonal Series I’m hoping that you won’t mind a little self-indulgent peony pleasure this month. I thought I’d start with a few tips for arranging and then leave the rest to your viewing pleasure.…..
As with all flowers, once you’ve got them home or cut them from your garden, remove all of the leaves that will fall below the water line and give each stem a clean cut at a 45 degree angle.
Sometimes the buds can be covered in a sticky sap which can inhibit the petals from bursting open. If this is the case, hold them upside down under a running cold tap to remove some of the sap.
As the heads of the peonies are usually too heavy for the stems, choose a vase, jug, or bottle which narrows at the neck to provide enough support for their weighty heads.
I think less is more when it comes to these beauties and I prefer mine on their own. If you want to fill in the gaps however, raid your garden for some fresh green foliage budding from the trees, or what about some cow parsley from the hedgerow?
To prolong their life, re-cut the stems and change the water every few days.
If you snap a head by accident, don’t panic, they also last for ages floating in a little bowl or cup of water.
Right then ladies and gents, this is your official Peony announcement…..they are available now (although still a little pricey) and shall be around for, fingers crossed, the next 8 weeks……go, buy, and enjoy!