This month, we are talking peonies. Yes, the beloved peony that is favourited by many. I mean, who doesn’t love them!

The ravishing ruffles, hues that range from soft to seductive and undoubtedly, their ability to add a statement look. If you are looking to ramp your arrangements up a notch, then adding a few peonies are sure to give you the look you desire.

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Origin

The Peony, (or Paeony), is the name of the flower in the genus ‘Paeonia’. Peonies are native to Asia, North America and Southern Europe. The peony is named after Paeon, the Greek god of medicine and healing.

Availability

Peonies are extremely popular wedding flowers, they are loved by brides from all over the world,  thanks to their gorgeous ruffles and large, full heads that make stunning additions to any bouquet or table decoration – but many brides can be disappointed because the peony is only available on the wholesale flower dutch markets from the start of April until July. They are now being sourced by Israel from as early as January – so watch the space!

Wholesale peony flowers are mainly grown in Holland under glass and are sent to the flower auctions for sale. Some import peonies are available after the end of July, but they are very few & far between and cannot be relied on.

Colour and Shape

They are typically sold in wholesale wraps of 10 stems and are available in white through to pretty pink, to burgundy and coral, making them a truly feminine bloom. And the fragrance of peonies is particularly appealing and beautifully sweet!

Symbolism

The peony represents love, happiness and health, amongst other things. It’s no surprise that the peony is a popular guest at spring weddings. But it’s not just lovebirds that are attracted to this flower. Surely we all enjoy bringing a big bunch of positivity and love into our home?

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A tip to remember is that as peonies have a large head, you don’t need as many to fill your bouquet. Instead to reduce costs, go for the natural and wild look by adding a little extra foliage into the mix. Or consider the minimalist look, with just one or two peonies for your bouquet.

Care for your Peonies

To get the best from your wholesale cut peonies please read the care instructions below carefully:

  • Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle with a sharp knife.
  • Fill sterilised buckets with lukewarm water and add flower food.
  • Place the peonies in the buckets.
  • Leave overnight to condition before using.

Peonies are notorious for being hard to predict. Normally, I would to receive delivery of the flowers at least 4 to 5 days prior to your event to ensure you have time to condition and prepare the flowers. However, recently this has been subject to change as the peonies have been coming into us much more open than expected, so please seek help from our sales and advice team to when and how long the conditioning process will take.  Just call us on 01394 385 832.

Top Tip: To prevent peonies from opening too quickly, leave the paper wrappers on whilst conditioning overnight.

Never leave cut flowers in direct sunlight, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the peonies in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.

Don’t forget we sell wholesale flowers to EVERYONE.So, if you are looking to do the wedding flowers DIY style, head over to our website for bundles of information and services that are there solely to help you !! For instance, we have an Estimate system designed solely to help you with the budget – link at estimates.