Monday, June 16, 2008

my sadness over peonies really sets in

Check out my mom's peonies!

They would be PERFECT for my bouquet...

... if peonies were still around in September. My florist is working to find something equally big and romantic that might serve as a substitute. We have talked about roses and dahlias.

Any other suggestions?


  1. this is just a suggestion (and i know some people are very opposed to silk), but what about silk flowers? there are some really nice quality silk flowers today - and if your florist mixed in some silk peonies with fresh flowers, you could get the best of both worlds.

    we used silk hydrangeas for our centerpieces, and mixed in fresh roses, greenery, and twisty willow branches, and no one knew the difference.

  2. What about ranunculus? I'm not sure if they're in season then, but they're big and beautiful!

  3. I was going to suggest Ranculus as well- my florist said there is a hyrbird kind that look almost like peonies. I'm getting married at the end of August and really almost did June for the peonies. I'm splurging to get a couple in my bouquet :) You can always find some expensive ones from growers!

  4. I actually scheduled my wedding in late june partially because of the peonies. now i'm obsessed with ranunculus, but they're only available in September! i think you'd love them. Also garden roses are huge and fluffy and look really similar. also they're more affordable.

  5. Thank you all for your great suggestions!

    Silk is an interesting idea... I hadn't thought about that. I will have to keep that in mind!

    I thought ranunculus were a late winter/early spring flower? I LOVE those, too, and they are definitely soft and romantic. Lisianthus is also an option for a smaller bloom- those are definitely available later in the summer/early fall.

    Garden roses are on my list!

  6. I have a deep sadness over the short peony season also...

    I think you can get anemonies in September as well and those in white would look really pretty with garden roses and lisianthus.

    But it is still sad that peonies can stretch from May till September isn't it!

  7. English Roses are beautiful - but I will echo can be pretty too. Really, really high quality silk. I often mix the two in my bouquets and you really cannot tell. The smell of fresh peonies cannot be recreated though! I feel your pain!

  8. You might look at football mums. Their common name doesn't sound all that stunning, but they have fluffy volume to them that makes you want to just grab the flower and squeeze it. They come in all sorts of pretty colors and are relatively inexpensive.

  9. You can order peonies from Chile now! They have opposite seasons (southern hemisphere and all that)


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