While we believe all flowers are special at Farmgirl Flowers, there are some that are just a little more special than others. Lilies, tulips and roses? Just your standard garden variety blooms (pun intended). Peonies, on the other hand, are the cream of the crop (last one, we promise!).
And with their super short bloom life, we can’t help but dream up all the amazing ways to feature these babes while they’re in season. Case in point, our P.F.F. (peony friends forever) DIY, featuring ten stems of some of our favorite varieties paired with our fave peony-scented candle from our friends at Simply Curated. Why P.F.F.? Because favorite flowers come and go (hello 2010 and our obsession with Billy Balls) but peonies, like best friends, will stay in our hearts (and bouquets) forever.
Follow our top tips below to get your peonies popping perfectly in no time!
Tools You’ll Need: We’ve shipped you the peonies, vase and flower food for this DIY. All you’ll need is a sharp pair of scissors or gardening shears and some water!
Fill your vase ¾ of the way with cool tap water. Peonies like a big drink of water so don’t skimp here! Before moving onto the next step, don’t forget to add the flower food. Open the packet and empty the contents into your vessel.
Time to get arranging! You’re the designer here - you can create as much (or as little) shape as you’d like! The only firm rules here is to give ALL the stems 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. Extra bits will start to decay in the water and cause a buildup of bacteria. Yuck!
Extra Credit: if any of the stems above the waterline look less than perky, remove them too. They’ll compete with the flower for that H20 and we want every last bit going to the bloom to keep it looking beautiful as long as possible!
Working one bloom at a time, use the vase to measure where you’d like to trim your stem. Start with the edges, placing one peony at a time. 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 texture and 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!
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.