Styling Peonies

Late spring brings one of life’s greatest joys: the peony.

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Is there a flower more fragrant, more feminine, more majestic?  Their fluffy, friendly flower heads are so beautiful, and so simple to style.  The petals are so delicate…and their scent is downright heavenly.

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Peonies are simple to grow, and easy to maintain.  They have a lovely foliage which remains for months after bloom time.  As the bushes mature over the years, they do have a tendency to droop due to the weight of their blooms, and can be corralled to stay upright using a round stake.

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Whether you grow them yourself or purchase them, they make amazing cut arrangements to brighten your home.  They look best styled alone, clumped in a vase.  Alone meaning without other flower varieties, which would distract from their elegance.

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Try displaying your peonies is individually.  Group one peony in a series of small vases in their various stages of bloom.

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If you are more adept in creating floral arrangements, here’s an impactful way to display your peonies.  Cut your peony stems about 3 inches from the head.  Using a foam floral ball (available at nurseries or craft stores), gently insert the stems throughout the ball, making sure the foam is not visible.  Wow!

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Like many things so beautiful, the peony is fleeting.  Perhaps this allows us to appreciate them more while they are with us.

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