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 (these are the last of the last of the season) to bloom, we couldn't help but send over a few of our top tricks and tips to get arranging like a Farmgirl! All you really need is a vase and you are ready to sit back and enjoy your blooms!
First thing's first. Your stems need a quick trim to help them blossom in the coming days. Using a pair of scissors, floral shears or even a sharp kitchen knife, trim off 1/2" from the end of each stem. An angled cut works best here as it prevents the stem from sitting on the bottom of the vase (so it can drink water more efficiently)! Pro tip: to help your flowers drink water more easily a fresh cut and water change every couple days is ideal!
Before dropping your stems into the vase, clean your peonies, tulips and greens of any foliage that will live in the water of the vase. Sometimes we like to leave the top two to three leaves for a fuller look and sometimes we like to remove them all for a less wild vibe. You're in charge here - do what you think looks best!
We affectionately call the bud form of peonies a lollipop. You can expect these top heavy stems to open up on their own within a few days' time to reveal all those gorgeous petals inside! If you're impatient like us, gently peel back and remove any green portions clinging to the bud This will give your blooms a gentle nudge they need to start opening up!
To keep your blooms living as long as possible, place them in a location that is neither too warm or too bright. Excessive heat will cause these beauties to overbloom lickety split, so take care to keep them out of direct sun and away from a heat source (like a heater!). A table with indirect sunlight is best - we love to have a bunch by our bedside, in our bathroom or in our dining room! Once your blooms start dropping petals, you'll know they've reached the end of their life!