Thursday, June 5, 2008

Peonies are in Season - Don't Miss Them!

It’s that time of year….Peonies are in full bloom and everyone at The Hidden Garden is thrilled! As a wedding florist, I speak with hundreds of brides each year and I can’t think of a single flower that is more requested by brides. I hear it all the time, “my favorite flower is a peony.”

Peonies really are a remarkable full and lush flower. When you get a peony that is perfect, every petal opens up, creating a flower that is almost the size of your palm. Now, that being said, you have to really know how to pick a good peony. There are many type of Peonies. Local ones, dutch ones, hybrid ones, white ones, pink ones, burgundy ones - the list goes on. They don’t all open up the same. You want to make sure that you pick a bud/bloom that looks like the flower is cracking at the top. If you pick a bloom that is hard as a rock, chances are it will never open. You might think to yourself, “I’m going to get one that is tight, it’ll last longer.” Just remember that if the bloom is too tight and too hard then chances are you won’t end up with that beautiful bloom you have been searching for.

Not to mention, peonies aren’t cheap!! So make sure if you are spending the money, you get a beautiful bloom.
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