Hello there and welcome to Blooms 'N Banter! My name is Taylor Chappell, also known as the 'Peony Paparazzi,' and I am a co-author of this bloomin' blog. Since peony season (my favorite season!) is coming to an end, I thought it would be only right to dedicate our second blog post to the bona fide showstopper.
Taylor: The Peony Paparrazi
In our first blog post, Julianna admitted that we spend the majority of our work days photographing flowers. We usually don’t favor one flower over others, but that all changed the week prior to Mother’s Day. While scanning through our massive Mother’s Day inventory, I spotted a reserved bucket that was overflowing with absolutely stunning peonies in various stages of bloom. For a flower-lover and photographer, a find such as this is the equivalent to winning the lottery. I quickly carried it over to the picture station, grabbed my camera and got to work. In nearly 30 minutes, I had taken over 100 unique pictures of a single bucket of peonies. Every side is “the good side” for a peony.
As I was looking back through the images, I started sending my favorites to Julianna's cell phone. Once I realized that I completely bombarded her phone with over twenty different pictures of the same bucket of peonies, I said to her, "You can just call me the peony paparazzi!" And it stuck.
We swooned over every single image and have since used many of them for our social media and marketing materials. One picture in particular took the Facebook world by storm and ended up performing as our most successful social media ad for Mother’s Day.
Here are a few of our favorites from that day...
Peonies are the new black.
If you follow us on any form of social media, then you're aware that we have a serious obsession with peonies. Not only are peonies fabulous eye candy, but they also have fascinatingly unique characteristics that put them in a league of their own.
With the help of social media, peonies have become nearly everyone’s floral crush. If you dabble in the Pinterest game, then you already know that peonies are of celebrity status. Who wouldn’t want such a delightful sight included in their wedding and floral inspiration boards?
In a quick Instagram search to give you some perspective, "#peony" has 1,082,047 posts as of today. It's plural version, "#peonies" has a total of 724,416 posts. That's quite an impressive share number for such a premium, pricey bloom that can be rather difficult to get your hands on.
Spring weddings and holidays, such as Mother’s Day, are a delight for many floral designers due to the presence of peonies. They are a statement piece that brings enchanting beauty to any design. In an article from The Knot, the peony is listed as one of the "Top 10 Most Popular Wedding Flowers;" known for symbolizing bashfulness and praised for it's versatile uses from bouquets to centerpieces.
To bloom or not to bloom?
The way you handle and store your peonies can control how quickly you want them to bloom. Fresh peonies arrive from growers in bud stage, which strikingly resembles a bouncy ball. If you don’t need to use your peonies for a couple days, then that’s not a problem. Peonies can be dry-stored (without water) in a cooler or refrigerator for up to a week! Impressive, right?
Various factors impact their blooming process. Some varieties, such as coral charm, are quick to show you their magic in as little as 24 hours. Other varieties prefer to take their time, usually requiring 2 or more days to begin their blooming process. If you’re eager to enjoy their transformation, then you can place their freshly cut stems in warm water and out of cold storage.
General Peony Information:
Colors: Pink, peach, white, cream, coral and dark burgundy
Meaning: bashfulness, beauty
Quality/Cost: Premium flower, higher cost
Season: Late April - Early July
Uses: Great for bridal bouquets, centerpieces, gift arrangements, and flower crowns
Size: Varies by variety, but most can grow as large as a baseball when in full bloom.
Peony season, I adore you. Thank you for gracing us with your lovely presence for a few short months.
See you in my daydreams,