Oh I love this time of year, it’s Peony season at our house! When I selected many of the plants for our back yard, I did so with cuttings in mind. I love cut flowers inside so I chose plants based on colors that I would like to see inside during their blooming season. For this post I am focusing on my white peonies (heart heart) and blush roses (heart heart heart). First prepare the vase. This is an inexpensive one I picked up at Ikea (it’s only $1.99). Fill with water (and floral food if you have some). Cut strips of clear floral tape (available HERE) and stretch tight to make a grid across the top of the vase. Then grab your favorite clippers (mine are Fiskars like these) and start cutting.
Gather all of your flowers and set by your vase. Let’s start with the peonies. First remove any leaves that may touch the water to prevent rotting in the water. Then place one flower in at a time around the outside. Stick one final one in the middle, I used 5 total.
Now for the roses. Remove the large thorns, I just snap them off, and be careful not to stab yourself too much. Then pick off any wilting or sad looking petals and discard. Work your way around the peonies tucking in the roses throughout. I used 5 roses.
Sniff, enjoy, repeat.
I am in love with both of these flowers. These blush roses have so many petals they are easily mistaken for peonies. And the peonies smell sooooo amazing. This one arrangement will flood a 12X12 space with it’s sweet almost soapy aroma.
Here is another simple arrangement. Start with any round vase or glass and fill with water. Cut day lilly leaves (this one took 3) or any other flexible leaf. Wrap it loosely around your hand and unwind it in the vase . Stuff full of peonies (no tape needed with this tall arrangement).
The greenery in the vase makes for a great centerpiece when looked at from all angles.
Seriously, who doesn’t love peonies? So go cut down some of those heavy hanging flowers and bring them inside for every one to enjoy.
Better yet, take them to a friend and make their day!