Happy Mother’s Day!
Yesterday Jacob and I went to Whole Foods for avocados (we needed a guacamole fix) and I spotted these gorgeous buds. Fresh, coral charm peonies! These are my absolute favorite. Having not worked in a flower shop for many months, I miss handling these beauties and especially working with peonies. Of course we could not resist. They are so very beautiful, with depth in every petal, and always remind me of the flowers from My Fair Lady.
Look in the markets for some of your own! Here’s a few tips on picking out long-lasting peonies (they aren’t too cheap!):
- Choose a bunch whose buds look like they’re just about to open, but have not quite burst. When you get them in your home, they’ll open soon enough. Especially here without air conditioning, these opened up like this in a few hours.
- If the buds are already open, it means they won’t last as long, but they will work fine if you want to use them for a special occasion the same day.
- It’s natural for peonies to fade and change color but when picking them out, you want ones that are fairly solid and bold.
Make sure to get them in water as soon as possible. Give them a fresh cut and remove any leaves that may sit below the water line. I simply set mine in a glass vase on our coffee table for a vignette with a couple thrifted French ink wells and a small calendar Jacob got me from Japan.
You can see in the above photo the buds just beginning to open, and the one below from today where they are all fully open and lush.
Have a great week, everyone!