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How to ensure peony flowers bloom to its full potential

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Photo credit: Евгения Матвеец - Getty Images
Photo credit: Евгения Матвеец - Getty Images

It's peony season and that means the UK’s favourite big, fluffy flowers are back.

Peonies symbolise prosperity, good luck, love and honour, and it's a firm favourite in households ahead of summer, praised for its mood-lifting, bloom-bursting magical appearance (a golf-ball sized bud will open to three times its size), and wonderful abundance of colour.

In fact, during peony season last year, online flower company Bloom & Wild sold two peony bouquets every minute, with coral, pink and white being the most popular colours.

Any peony lover will know that these blooms make a fleeting appearance as they are only in season from April to June. Peony season starts with coral charms; these are the first to bloom each spring, just a few weeks between late April and early May. With colour-changing petals, their ruffles transform from a vibrant coral shade to vintage cream. Powder pink Sarah Berndhart peonies then follow and are in season from early May through to the end of June.

Photo credit: Bloom & Wild
Photo credit: Bloom & Wild

Bloom & Wild's peony collection is as beautiful as ever this year, with some wonderful arrangements guaranteed to breathe new life into your living space.

Bloom & Wild's peony collection: order a bouquet now

Because peonies stay fresh for about five days, each Bloom & Wild bouquet has been cleverly designed to look beautiful with – and later without – their peonies. Just remove them once they've faded and rearrange to make your other flowers the focus.

To ensure your peony blooms to its full potential, follow these care tips:

• Peonies can produce nectar (even when cut), which can glue the petals together, so gently wipe away any sap with a warm, damp sponge to help them open up.

• Keep peonies away from direct sunlight and radiators (as they're dehydrating) and fruit (because it releases gases that can make flowers fade).

• Trimming peonies by at least 3-5cm allows water inside to hydrate them fast. And cutting them at an angle gives as much surface area as possible to drink from.

• Flowers don't like drinking dirty water, so it's best to refresh the vase water every few days.

Photo credit: Bloom & Wild
Photo credit: Bloom & Wild

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