Peonies are the supermodels of the flower world - they look AMAZING in just about any old vase. But since we’ve waited very patiently for these beauties to bloom, we couldn’t help but send over a few of our top tricks and tips to get arranging like a Farmgirl! We’d love to see your design skills on Instagram - tag your work with #fgflovespeonies so we can see your handiwork!
Tools You’ll Need: A vase/vases, shears, scissors or a sharp kitchen knife and cool tap water
First find a tall vase, or a collection of small vases to arrange in - we recommend nothing larger than 4” in diameter. We also love the look of a single stem in a bitty bud vase! If you are short on vases you can use a drinking glass (#flowerhack)! You’ll also need a clean, flat workspace that is about 3’ by 3’ in size.Next, unwrap all of the elements in your box. Discard all packing materials but keep the paper the peonies came wrapped in - we like to save this to cover our workspace. Iit helps to catch all of the stem trimmings making clean up a snap!
Fill your vase or vases ¾ of the way with cool tap water. Peonies like a big drink of water so don’t be shy here! Don’t forget to add the flower food! Open the packet and empty the contents into your container(s).
Design time! You’re the designer here - the only firm rules here is to give ALL the stems (yes, even the greens) a quick trim before you place them in the vase. A ½” will do! Pro Tip: It’s also important to “process” your stems - this is what we call it when we remove any of the leaves or bits of foliage that will fall under the water line in your vase.
To design like a true Farmgirl, you gotta start with your greens! Measure each green against the height of your vase and trim before placing. Staggering heights will add a more designed look - we like the shortest to start 2” to 3” above the vase. Beginning with the edges, place your greens into your vase. Make sure to criss-cross the stems as you go - this creates structure for the rest of the blooms later on! Once you’re done “greening” it’s time to add the peonies! Work one bloom at a time use the vase to measure where you’d like to trim your stem. Starting again with the edges, place your peonies. We like to add our taller stems on the outside and then group our shorties in the center, ideally 1” to 2” above the lip of the vase.
We also like to mix up the placement of the peonies based on where they are in their bloom life. Make sure to place the tighter lollipops next to the more fully bloomed heads to create more visual interest. Take care not to overpack your vase - once bloomed each head will grow to be about 3” wide!
Last looks! Trim anything that looks too tall, rearrange a few stems - you’re the designer here! As we wrap up, we like to add a little drama to our vase by adding a few trailing greens to the low edges of the vase. Think of this as the floral equivalent to pulling a few pieces of hair out of a top knot - it’s how you make all that work look a little undone (in the best of ways!). Once you’re finished, clean up your workspace (this is where that paper comes in handy) and then find the perfect place for your handiwork! To help your peonies live their best life, choose a cooler spot with indirect sunlight. Daily (or as often as you can remember!) water changes and trims will also help your stems to drink all the water they need.