Its a wonderful time of year for cut flowers, especially as Peonies become widely available. Peonies are generally in season from late April until late June, give or take a couple of weeks. The pink variety tend to be available earlier than white. They are a beautiful flower, around a golf ball size before opening and then blossoming into a magnificent bloom, three times their original size. They are great as a single flower bouquet but can work well with a mixture of other varieties.
The Origins of the Peony date back many centuries in China. The flowers were cultivated for their beauty of the flowers but also for the roots, which were eaten to help with the symptoms of fever.
Ancient Chinese texts mention the peony was used for flavouring food. Confucius (551–479 BC).
Peonies became particularly popular during the Tang Dynasty when they were grown in the imperial garden.
The tree peony was introduced in Europe and planted in Kew Gardens in 1789. Peonies symbolise a happy marriage and good fortune, making them a popular choice for wedding flower bouquets.
With over 3000 different varieties, the Peony is a very diverse flowers. You may have heard of the French actress Sarah Bernhardt, a variety of Peony was named after her back in 1906. This is a very popular flower today and is the most asked for variety in our experience.
The Peonies available from florists and flower outlets in this country are normally from Britain, Holland and France with smaller headed flowers from Israel.
Caring for your Peonies
If you are lucky enough to receive a bouquet of Peonies then the best way to care for them is to keep the water in your vase clean and keep the flowers out of direct sunlight and in a cooler area of the house, definitely away from a radiator. Once cut, the Peony is not the longest lasting flower in the world but should last around 5 or so days if delivered fresh. As a planted garden shrub, each bloom on the plant will last 7 to 10 days.
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