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Flower Spotlight: Peonies!

written by Marina January 14, 2013

Last week, I shared with you the Top 5 Wedding Trends of 2013, well, predicted trends that is, and my first trend was Peonies. Well, today we are going to take an in depth look at this wedding flower favorite!

For the past 2 years, Peonies have been the most sought after wedding flower, and this year is no exception. With their lush, full, big, and beautiful bloom, Peonies are said to embody romance and can bring good fortune and a happy marriage.

Many think that peonies are only available in Spring and early Summer, but at FiftyFlowers we have a unique Peony program that allows you to buy Peonies all year long! Of course, this can sometimes vary depending on Mother Nature, but all you have to do to check availability, is visit us at FiftyFlowers.com, select Peonies from the All Flowers drop-down menu (or click here!), then choose your desired delivery month to see what’s available!

What if you love the look of Peonies, but feel like you just can’t afford them? They can be pricey! Well, there are a few options! First, because Peonies are so lush, full, and big, it doesn’t take many to make a big impact! Place single stems in bud vases, and arrange down a long table, or combine them with other, more affordable flowers and just use one in each arrangement and/or a couple in each bouquet! The other alternative is one, that if you read my blog, you prob have heard, but it is to substitute Peonies for Garden Roses! Garden Roses come in a variety of colors, are much more affordable, and many people may not even know the difference! Let’s take a look at some examples…
Peonies with Snapdragons, Roses and Other Fillers

Peonies with Snaps, Roses, Pods and Other Filler Flowers

Garden Roses with Snapdragons

Garden Roses with Snapdragons

Peony Bouquet

Peony Bouquet

Garden Rose Bouquet

Garden Rose Bouquet 


How to Care for your Peonies:

Recommended delivery date is 3 days before your event. So, if your event is Saturday suggested delivery date is Wednesday. Your Peony Flower will arrive looking like a golf ball but with proper hydration, the flower will pop open to a large ruffled full bloom.

How Peonies Bloom

How Peonies Bloom

  • Open your box of flowers and inspect.
  • Ensure that your flower buckets are clean and disinfected.
  • Fill the buckets with at least 4 inches of fresh, cool water. If you have flower food follow the instructions on the packet to prepare your water.
  • Remove flowers from box by cutting any straps.
  • Remove any flower bunch packaging material, including plastic sleeve and/or newspaper.
  • Cut stems diagonally under running water with sharp scissors to desired length.
  • Immediately after cutting, place the stems in the prepared buckets.
  • Allow flowers at least 4 hours to hydrate well. Flowers may take up to 12 hours to properly hydrate.
  • Keep flowers away from direct sunlight, drafts or excessive heat.
  • Change water every 24 hours to keep flowers fresh. Assure that your flowers have sufficient water. The flowers will drink an exceptionally large amount of water upon arrival.
  • If your peonies are not ‘popping’ open from the golf ball shaped bloom in time for your event, we suggest re-cutting the stems every 2 hours to help speed up the blooming process.
  • Call us at 1-877-507-6737 with any questions!

What do you think about Peonies? Did you or do you want to use them in your wedding?  🙂


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Katharine January 14, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I love the look of peonies, but I’m not sure how they smell. I’m grateful for the garden rose suggestion, too — I know what roses smell like, and they may work better with my budget.

marina January 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Most of the time, Peonies have a pleasant, sweet smell, similar to garden roses, but this can depend on growing conditions, weather, variety, etc. Same with the strength of smells with our garden roses, certain varieties have more of a fragrance than others! Glad we could help with some different suggestions and options for you! Let us know if you need any help!


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