The peony is our Flower of the Month this May. It is a wedding-favourite, with its pretty blooms, fragrance and nuptial symbolism. The blooms are large, soft, silky and romantic. They can be found in a range of soft colours, and a few brighter ones, making them ideal for weddings, as well as for placing in the house.
Flower of the Month: Peonies
The Peony 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. Fun fact: The peony is Duchess Meghan Markle’s favourite flower! And they’re currently in season for all you spring brides!
With peak peony season beginning early spring and extending through mid July, there is no shortage of gorgeous wedding flowers for your wedding flowers, gift ideas or even just to style your home. Wholesaled in wraps of 10 or 20 stems, these fluffy blooms are available in white, cream, yellow, and varying shades of pink, coral and red. There is also variation in the petal style, single or double flower varieties.
Wholesale peony flowers are mainly grown in Europe under glass in May and outdoors in June. Growers have been looking to expand the peony season; in Chile, New Zealand and Israel, you can find import peonies available after the end of July. As imports, the price is high and they are no comparison to the European grown!
Finally, we are exploring different combinations of using peonies in flower arrangements. Peonies work well on their own in designs or with other flowers such as:
- Scabious, Lisianthus, Garden roses, Olive Branches with coral peonies.
- Roses, Eucalyptus with blush or white peonies
- Delphinium, Craspedia, Ranunculus, Greenery with cerise peonies.
- Spray Roses, Scabious, Astilbe, Senecio, Roses with jewel red peonies.
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Stay tuned this May for more interesting guides, how to demonstrations, different flower varieties and top tips, on using peonies in flower arrangements for weddings, events, for gifts or simply to decorate your home.
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