Peony season is here and I can’t be any happier. I think they are my favorite springtime flower. They are just so … stunning!
We have peonies in the front of our house and some in the back. But the big question I always wrestle with is:
1. Do I leave in the in the yard to enjoy? For our neighbors to enjoy?
2. Do I bring them inside to enjoy on my kitchen counter? (watch out for the ants!)
3. Do I cut them for a centerpiece for a dinner party?
I have to say, it’s a hard decision. I like all of the answers.
This year, I decided to cut and use for our dinner party we had last Saturday night in our backyard.
When to cut peonies
I’ve done my research and peonies are supposed to be cut while still in the bud. IN other words, don’t wait for them to flower (even though they are gorgeous when they start to flower).
The flowers are just starting to bud where the color is showing but the petals haven’t started to open.
I’ve noticed that when I’ve gone to pick my peonies, early morning is best because I can still find the buds not opened.
How to cut peonies
You can take most of the stem when cutting the flowers, leaving some foliage on the plant, or cut all of the stem. If you cut all of the stem don’t do it on every flower. You don’t want to effect the growth for the next year’s growing season. I ended up having to take off the leaves, for my display in tall clear glasses.
How to preserve peonies
If you cut the flowers as suggested above, they will last longer in a vase. They may be a bud for that day, but will probably open the next day.
You can also wrap the peonies in plastic and store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them.
I’ve been saving clear bottles and wine bottles. (By the way, use Goo Gone for easy label remover!)
Fill with water.
Line a table.
Wait for the sun to start setting and you’ll have the most amazing table setting ever!
I felt this night was extra special because of my favorite flowers that graced my table.
Don’t you think that flowers can totally change an entertaining space — the mood, ambience, aroma, color?
I find the right flowers to be stunning, and even at times, conversation starters around the table!
In your gardening zone right now, what is your favorite flower that is blooming that you would use for a centerpiece?