peony care tips




It’s peony season!  Of all the garden flowers we love, peonies are the queens of the garden. Peonies are large, showy and fragrant. An arrangement with these show stopping blooms is a beautiful way to embrace gracious living. These peony care tips will help your peony bouquet or arrangement live longer.


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Peonies have a special allure. They are big, feminine and flirty, few things are as stunning as real peonies in a vase.  Because peonies aren’t available all year, it makes them even more special, doesn’t it?



Harvested and sold from early May to the middle or end of June, the peony season is short but glorious.  I’m always the first one to rush out to buy bunches and bring them home.  Not only are they beautiful, they remind me of my grandfather’s garden in Europe. He loved his garden so much, and as a little girl I loved nothing more than walking the property with him while he talked about each flower, bush or tree.




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peony care tips




For this Monday Morning Blooms, I was so delighted to be able to go out and safely buy flowers again! That they were peonies, roses, and hydrangeas {all my favorites!} made it even more special, it was the first time I went “out” after our shelter in place order on March 19th.





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I mean, you just can’t improve on these cloud-like blooms, right?   Peonies are beautiful alone, but they really shine when mixed with roses and hydrangeas to create a magnificent arrangement.








Gather peonies from the garden in the early morning.  If you don’t grow your own, buy peonies fresh cut from a grower or at your local flower shop. The buds should still be closed and the size of a golf ball. They should have green petals, but show a little bit of color. The buds should feel like firm marshmallows.




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Prep your peonies at home as soon as possible. Cut the stems about 1/2″ up, on a diagonal. This is so that the flowers will absorb as much water as possible. Remove all the leaves from the stem where they will touch the water in your vase.  If you don’t need the foliage, strip off the leaves, they only divert the flower’s energy. Place the peonies in cool water immediately.




Peonies look their best when they are not flopping all over. To get your peonies to look as beautiful as possible, this trick will guarantee you design the best peony arrangement of the season.  The secret? Clear floral tape.  After you fill your vase with room temperature water, use a towel to dry the rim of your container.  Then, apply strips of the tape across the top like a grid, or a diagram like you make for tic-tac-toe. The tape should run about 1/4″ longer than the opening on both sides, so you can tape it to the outside of the vase. You can secure tape even more by circling all the way around the opening with an extra strip of tape.








When arranging the flowers, make sure you don’t pull the bottom petals of. They provide much of the support for the heavy flower heads. Peonies love to be arranged with other flowers, but be sure to avoid flowers with sharp points, they will damage the petals.




peony care tips




Change the water and trim the stems a little tiny bit daily or at least every other day.  You can add a little more flower food then, too.




Now that you have created an peony arrangement that is heart-stoppingly beautiful, make sure to place your peonies in a cool place, out of direct sun. The warmer your room is, the faster the flowers will open. Opening buds will last a week or more; fully unfurled blooms, a day or two.




peony care tips



If you follow these simple steps you will have a beautiful peony arrangement.




peony care tips




Peonies are always a good idea!  They make me so happy when I see them in the living room. Even though they are only available for a short time, while they are here, they are glorious!




peony care tips



Thank you so much for visiting me today.  I always love to read your comments, they mean so much to me.  These Mondays when we all share our love of flowers are favorites.



Especially now during this unprecedented time, making our home special for ourselves and our families is more important than ever.



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Do you love peonies as much as I do?  With these Peony Care Tips you will be a designer pro!


On a side note, please join me in prayer that we as a nation can have healing, justice and peace on our streets, in all our lives, and in our hearts.




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