No matter where you buy your peony flowers, be it a grocery store, farmer’s market, or even faux, they are fun to arrange. Read on to see easy ways to show off your blooms.
Do you buy fresh flowers? Or do you cut flowers from your yard to bring indoors? The Seattle area is surrounded by some great flower farms and we are lucky to have pretty varieties in the markets. A friend tipped me off on a peony farm that I’ll share further down. Since moving here, I’ve been trying to visit all the flower farms I can.
Before going to the farm though, I purchased some peonies form Trader Joe’s and had fun using some tips I learned from a floral arranging class at a shop called The London Plane. It is actually a cafe and flower shop that sells some goods like gift items and food items, and they have different class offerings. The space is in an old bank and it is beautiful just to poke around in. I could go on and on, but let’s talk about floral arranging and how to make an easy peony flower arrangement!
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I chose hydrangea for their size, some eucalyptus to give height and movement, and of course the peonies!
Cut off stems at an angle.
If you have ever read up on floral arranging or taking care of bouquets, you may already know the angle cut helps the stems draw in water. I sort of eyeball the stem against the vase, then place it in the vase to see if I need to cut more.
Trim off any leaves that will touch water.
This step helps prevent decay and bacteria from shortening the life of your arrangement.
Place fullest flowers in vase.
In this arrangement there is no foam, flower frog or grid of tape. If I find the flowers drop too much, I secure with rubberband around the stems .
Add in next largest flower-peonies!
Hydrangeas tend to wilt quickly, so I remove them and adjust as needed. As peonies open, they will take up the space left by hydrangeas. So you kind of get two arrangements!
Add in the greenery.
It is good to rotate the vase and look for any empty spots that need to be filled. As you move the vase, add in the greenery so it sits at the lowest and highest levels. I like the look of the stems spraying out of the bouquet.
Display your arrangement!
Two of the peonies had just started to open, while some remained shut tight. This method of arranging is lose and open for adaptations. You can add roses, anemones, more eucalyptus, and sometimes a random branch or filler will be at the store or in your yard that you can add in. I set this one out for a small dinner party while the hydrangea was still fresh and peonies just starting to pop.
Edit the arrangement.
I mentioned that hydrangea tend to wilt quickly, at least for me. The peonies definitely outlast the hydrangea, and they open they fill up the vase on their own. You can also add in other flowers too.
Peonies on their own.
Peonies are so pretty and full. The look great all on their own in tall and short vases.
Peony farm visit.
On a whim we had booked a trip for Memorial weekend. The place is close to Pure Peonies, a farm a friend told me about. To drive there from Seattle is a bit long for a day trip, but was manageable when staying nearby. I am not sponsored or affiliated with the farm; just think it is a cool place to share.
Tip: before visiting a flower farm, check their website, Facebook page, or other means of communication to make sure flowers are blooming.
The field is small, but enough space for a kiddo to run around. There are plants, single stems and bouquets for sale.
I bought about twenty single stems that we brought to our vacation rental for a few days before returning home. Once we got home I made up a bouquet for my sister-in-law (the light colors in tall vase on right), and three short arrangements in mason jars for teachers and neighbors.
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Another idea for floral fun- making a wreath with dried flowers.
Try this tropical floral arrangement.
Lovely arrangement. nice tutorial too.
Thank you so much! Have a great day!
I love peonies!
Aren’t they gorgeous? Thanks for stopping by!
I never knew exactly how to arrange flowers, so thank you. Do you do the same thing with fake flowers?
Thanks Heather! The principles would be the same just less trimming maybe & no water ☺️
This is a great post. I always struggle with arranging flowers. But stop the presses! Tell me about that wall behind the arrangement! It’s amazing. Looks the Peony Farm is a great place to visit.
Thanks Carol! Oh I should do a post about this wallpaper & how we put it up, but I didn’t take many photos… It is an accent wall & we added a border of molding.
Marie, great, simple tutorial! I’m obsessed with the wallpaper/painting…what is it!? Nice backdrop for your pretty arrangement.
Thank you so much! It is a mural wallpaper from Anthropologie. We used a small amount as an accent wall. I appreciate your kind words 💗
Beautiful! I really need more flowers in my life! And love the wall behind the flowers on your main photo. That is so cool!
Thank you so much! That wall is getting a lot of love ! Guess I need to share it more.
Such a beautiful arrangement and tutorial. I love that wall!!!
Love the little guy walking though the farm.
Thank you so much! This wall has been a hit. Guess I know what my next post needs to be about 😄
Thanks 💗 Have a wonderful day.
Oh my gosh! Your peony arrangements are gorgeous! I used to love to visit Andre Viette’s farm in Fishersville, VA in May to see the peonies in bloom.
Thank you so much Paula! Oh that’s amazing. I bet there were some great varieties. Have a fantastic weekend.
Your bouquet turned out beautiful, I love Peonies, mine are blooming now and I am having fun!
Thank you so much! Oh how fun! Enjoy your lovely flowers.
A peony farm?? Are you kidding me? I would be lost there all day!! How beautiful.
I’m so glad my friend researched it and our last minute trip to the area really worked out. It might have to be an annual event! Thanks so much for reading!!
Gorgeous flower arrangements. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I appreciate your sweet comment, Kippi.
A peony farm? Omgoodness, I would love to see that in person!! What a business to have! Your peony arrangments are just lovely! Pinned!
Isn’t that fun?? I’m so glad it worked out to visit. Thanks so much for your sweet words!
Absolutely gorgeous. My grandmother used to have the prettiest peonies. This brought back great memories.
Thank you! Oh that is a wonderful memory! Have a great day!
What a pretty flower arrangement! How fun to visit a peony farm! Thank you for sharing such great tips!
Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed 😊 Have a wonderful day.
What a great tutorial, Marie! And all those fresh peonies! I’m so jealous! I have to get mine from Trader Joe’s! I’m so delighted to be featuring you at Tuesday Turn About this week! Pinned!
Hi Julie! Oh thanks so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed the post. You made my day with this feature 🥰
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Very easy and nice tutorial, thanks for sharing.
I love peonies. I had a beautiful bush in our last home, and am anxiously waiting to see if any show up in our new home’s garden. This is such a modern and stunning arrangement, I love the greens you used as well. Just gorgeous.
I’d love to know what color your flowers were. Hope you di have some peonies in the new house! Thanks very much! Happy you stopped by & hope you have a great week 💗
I love peonies! Your flowering arranging ideas are gorgeous.
Thanks Kippi! Peony season is always too short. Happy spring 💗🌸🌷
I love peonies! Your arrangement is gorgeous!
Thanks Crissy! I’m so excited for peony season! Hope you have a wonderful weekend 🌸