Mythology: Mischievous nymphs were said to hide in the petals of the Peony, thus causing this magnificent flower to be given the meaning of Shame or Bashfulness in the Language of Flowers. It was named after Paneon, a physician to the gods, who obtained the plant on Mount Olympus from the mother of Apollo.
Symbolism: The Peony symbolizes bashfulness and compassion and a happy life, happy marriage as well as good health and prosperity.
- highly fragrant
- colours range from pure white to a dark and luscious velvety red
- classified according to petal shape: single, Japanese, anemone, semi double, bomb and double
- seasonal – domestic and foreign growers from March through August
- peak season being April, May, June – most white Peonies bloom early in the season
- if you do not want the peonies to open immediately, use the dry storage method (place the peonies in a plastic lined box and and store at 0 C)
- if the peonies appear wilted or water stressed, submerge the stems up to the blooms in room-temperature water for 20 minutes before cutting the stems. Place them in a hydration solution and store in a cooler
- allow the peonies to absorb the water for 2 hours before using them. Be sure to check the water levels. The petals will absorb large amounts of water.
- richly fragrant – can be used for any occasion
- use alone as a focal flower, or in arrangements
- ideal for bridal use- bridal bouquet, table centerpieces, and corsages
Peonies are a joy to work with!