Flower of the Month May: the Peony

Our Flower of the Month is an absolute seasonal beauty and blooms from May until the end of June. The charm of this country flower is simply irresistible, both in rustic bouquets or as a solo flower. We’re talking about… the elegant Peony!

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Characteristics

Traditionally, the Peony has been common in country gardens. When spring turns to summer, this perennial explodes lavishly with sumptuous flowers. These could either be single-flowered or double-flowered varieties. What makes Peonies even better is their lovely smell, which reminds us either of Roses, honey or lemon. ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ – a large double-flowered Peony – is one of the most popular Peonies in the world. It has actually become the flowery face of Peonies in general.

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Symbolism

In one tale, the Peony gets its name from the Greek physician Paeon. Paeon was the physician to the gods who angered his teacher Asclepius. He had used a liquid from the root of a Peony to cure the God of the Underworld, Pluto. Asclepius threatened to kill Paeon out of jealousy because he was outsmarting his teacher. Zeus saved him by turning him into a beautiful flower, the peony.

Another tale says something completely different. In this tale, the name of the flower comes from a nymph named Paeonia whose beauty attracted the attention of Apollo. Out of spite, Aphrodite turned her into a peony.

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peony

Care tips

Always cut the stems, remove all leaves that would be underwater in the vase and place the flowers in clean water with cut flower food. Replace the water twice a week. Do not place Peonies in direct sunlight, as they will drop very quickly. To slow down the process of opening, place them in a cool and dark room. The vase life of Peonies is 5 to 7 days.

 

Looking for seasonal flowers to match with your Peonies? Read our article about spring flowers!

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