It's that lucky time of year when peonies are in season and just a few Arizona markets have them stocked in store! This last Monday I headed over to my local Trader Joe's and freaked when I saw all the bunches of pretty pink peonies. At only $6 a bunch I couldn't pass them up. Here I'm sharing a few simple tips on how to arrange your summer florals.
When picking peonies, I like to pick a bunch in which the flowers are still closed up. Being that I live in such a warm and dry climate, the blossoms usually begin to open up within a few hours. I also grabbed a bunch of Stock (about $3/ bunch at Trader Joe's) to pair with them.
When you get home place the flowers in your skink with some cool water and fill a vase a little less than 1/2 full with lukewarm water. Next tape a grid pattern across the top of your vase. This will make arranging about a thousand times easier! Use a strong tape if you have it... I used washi tape above, which is not ideal, but hey, it worked!
Take a sharp knife (I prefer using this over scissors) and trim your stems to the desired length. I kept my peony stems a couple inches longer than the stock since they were going in the middle of my arrangement, and I wanted the focus on them. Also, trim all leaves/ greenery above the water line.
I arranged all my peonies in the middle opening of the tape grid and placed the Stock all the way around the edges.
From there you can take some extra greenery and stuff it into the empty spaces. Then voila! You have a beautiful summer floral arrangement! Make sure to change the water daily and remove wilted/ dead pieces as needed. Place in a cool area, away from direct sunlight. You're arrangement should last approximately one week!