Thursday, July 16, 2009

Having Your Cake - Or Mid-July Peonies

Peonies are everyone's favorite flower right now and we get asked for them at all times of the year even though they are still pretty seasonal to May and June.

But I may have found a way to have some peonies in mid-July! These peonies were purchased on July 1st and held in my cooler until yesterday July 14th. Now, not something I would ordinarily do, but I bought this last bunch of peonies for myself before we went on vacation July 3 intending to take them home or take them with me on vacation, but I flaked and forgot about them till we got back to the shop yesterday.

I took them home last night and they busted out and opened in minutes. I don't expect to get much more than one more day out of them, but if I were getting married this week and really wanted peonies, I might beg my florist to buy a bunch early and hold them in the cooler.

I do think I got lucky by getting them from a quality vendor, at just the right stage of development (puffy but closed, not rock hard closed). I wouldn't build a whole peony wedding around doing this, but if you were willing to take the risk and pay for them regardless, you might end up with a few decent peonies in your bouquet!
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Angela Kusek-Schubert said...

We discovered a way to keep tulips for longer.. I planted mine so deep they didn't come up until most people's were done flowering ;)

Sprout said...

Aren't you clever! One advantage to living some place cold? ;-)

Growers have certainly done a lot to extend the seasons on many flowers - I can get tulips in August now. But do I really want tulips in August?


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