peony wedding bouquet

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A peony wedding bouquet is made up of tender, water loving flowers that must be handled with care.  If you are planning on using your own garden grown varieties, be aware that ants love the sticky sap found in the tight balls and you must cut early and soak completely to be sure there are no insects in your bridal bouquet.

Please note that these early peonies are smaller in head, reminiscent of peach ranunculus.  Wholesale peonies usually arrive in tight round balls and premature buds, but they will open once exposed to warm air.  Read the fine print and choose the head sizes and corresponding seasons.  If out of season, you can substitute ranunculus (smaller heads) or Garden Roses (larger heads) for a similar look.

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Peonies are grown on bushes, often with two or three flower heads per single stem.

Cut as long as possible a single head on each stem.

Those with an open flower head need the leaves stripped off the length of the stem.  Reserve the closed buds and the green leaved stems aside for later use.

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