Hooray Peonies are back! At Citywide Florist we adore working with beautiful peonies. They simply make every bouquet gorgeous.
Currently the first blooms are now coming through in the coral shades and over the next few weeks we will receive at the Flower Market, shades of burgundy, pale pink and whites.
Generally Peony season runs from early October until mid-December so enjoy them while they are blooming now.
Most of the growers are located in the South Island as peonies grow best in cooler climates. Quite a lot of the stock we buy at the local market is from Southland. They arrive in the market in very tight bud.
Once they arrive at our store, we pop them into fresh water and then into the chiller. Peonies open quite slowly so we are able to manage our stock rotation well. Once a bouquet of peonies is ordered, they are selected and roll wrapped with wet wrap on the bottom of the stems so they have a small amount of moisture and ready for the courier ride to their destination.
Keep an eye on our website as we will be doing a selection of beautiful shades of peonies as they come through from the growers.
Once you have received your beautiful peonies, remove all t wrapping and cut the bottom of the stems on an angle. Place in a vase of fresh water and add the sachet of flower food which would have come with your bouquet. Keep out of direct sunlight and change the water every third day. Peonies generally last 5-7 days.
An interesting Peony fact -who know this?
The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. In Greek mythology, when Asclepius became jealous of his pupil, Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.
Now that you have all the above information, you can really enjoy those beautiful Peonies!
Give us a call if you have any special requests or just want some help in making the right choice for your gift of Peonies.
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