Friday Flowers: Peonies.

One of my favourite flowers this week: Peonies. They’re so pretty, they come in some fab colours, and they’re BIG! The only downside is that they’re not in season for long. April – July brides, you’re fine. Everyone else (like little ole me!) will be out of luck I’m afraid. But when they are out of season Colombian Garden Roses make an excellent substitute as some varieties look really similar to peonies and they’re available wholesale all year long:

Rose Piano‘Rose Piano”. Image from trianglenursery.co.uk

Peonies make for very impressive bouquets all on their own, lots of lovely texture and you could mix up the colours…

peony bouquets 1Image credits: bridesmaid with pale pink peony bouquet | magenta peony bouquet bride with pale pink peony bouquet | bride with pale pink peony bouquet white & pale pink peony bouquet bride with pale pink peony bouquet | white peony bouquet

Or team them with your other favourite florals. I think my favourite is the bright pink peonies with lilacs and succulents – I bet that smells incredible! But I also love the more delicate, vintage look of the peach peonies with Dusty Miller leaves…

peony bouquets 2Image credits: pink peony bouquet with eucalyptus leaves | peach peony bouquet with dusty miller leaves | bright pink peony bouquet with lilacs & succulents | white peony bouquet with silver brunia | pale pink peony bouquet | white peony bouquet with dusty miller leaves | bridesmaid with pink peony bouquet | bright pink peony bouquet with dusty miller leaves

Peonies are great in buttonholes too, though you might want to pick smaller heads that haven’t quite opened yet…

peony buttonholesImage credits: White peony buttonhole | pale pink peony buttonhole with corn! | red peony buttonhole | pale pink peony buttonhole | bright pink peony buttonhole peach peony buttonhole | pale pink peony & ranunculus buttonhole pink & white peony buttonhole

They’re amazing for centrepieces, big or small…

lilaccentrepiecesImage credits: Pale pink peony centrepieces | magenta peony & trailing amaranthus centrepiece | white peony table number | pink peony, rose & ranunculus centrepiece | pale pink peonies in vases with lace table cloth | pink peonies in vase | pink peony, rose & hydrangea centrepiece | bright pink peony centrepieces with orange dahlias & succulents | white peonies in vases with sequin table cloth | pink peonies in blue glass vase pale pink peonies in mercury glass

And don’t forget the cake! Hahahaha, forget a cake? As if that’s ever happened in the history of anything :-D…

peony cakesImage credits: white wedding cake with peach peonies | pink wedding cake with pink fondant peonies | white ruffle wedding cake with pink peony & bunting | white wedding cake with bronze fondant pearls & peach fondant peonies | white wedding cake with peach peonies white wedding cake with pale pink peonies | pink wedding cake with bright pink fondant peonies | blue & white striped cake with pink fondant peonies | black & white wedding cake with red fondant peonies | white wedding cake with white peonies

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