Flower Focus - The Peony
he saw her pastel heart
in the petals of the peonies.
Flower Focus: the Peony.
The peony owns a special place in my heart and is truly a lifelong romance between florist and flower. I dream of one day having a flower farm just outside my door where the peony grows among many other varieties of flowers, just ready to be picked at a moments notice for a bride or just for my home.
There is something about the peony. It’s a flower unlike any other; it has an understated elegance that when presented to a bride truly captivates her. They simply can’t deny having this flower be with them on their special day - and I wouldn’t either! The peony, with its intricate petals gently nestle together, comes in a wide selection of colours from hues of white to the softest pink for the traditional bride, to striking red and maroon that add a touch of distinction and drama to bouquets.
Native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America the ‘peony rose’ can now be found across the world ensuring everyone can enjoy its beauty. Historically this flower was coveted by the Chinese and cost thousands of dollars for a single stem! Thankfully today they are much more affordable and easier to find.
In season during October and November in Australia the peony has begun to fill our Instagram feeds with moments of the flower’s beauty. Peonies are now being imported here in other months mid year so no matter which month you say “I Do” you too can have the elegance of the peony on your special day.
While similar to the classic rose, and quite often referred to as the ‘peony rose’ the peony is in fact not a member of the rose family. Its comes from the Paeoniaceae family and it’s estimated between 25-40 varieties of this flower exist ranging from small plants and shrubs to larger trees reaching to almost 10ft tall and hybrid species.
Though to bring the romance of the peony into your home garden is not an easy quest….but imagine a field full of them! This flower is delicate. It prefers cooler climates than our Byron hinterland; it requires some sun, protection from the wind and just the right Ph balance in the soil (7-7 5). And with so many species in the peony family it is imperative you know the type you intend to grow before planting as each has slightly different needs. The attention to detail and care taken to grow the peony is worth it, the bloom is breathtaking, just look at them!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the peony, or what flower you choose for your wedding day (pop them in the comments below). And if you do grow them please send me a pic.