Alison and I believe no garden is complete without peonies. We look forward to the second week of May every year when the spectacular blooms are at their peak in RVA (fortunately just in time for Mother’s Day).
Needless to say, everyone was delighted when bMb arrived with this bucket of blooming peonies for Flower Camp last Monday. Her husband had cut them at his family’s farm in Lexington, Virginia, which is a bit cooler and thus about two weeks behind RVA for spring blooming.
Now that peony season has ceased here, we are without our beloved Paeonia for another year. Or are we?
Madeleine of Fleur de Vie Houston once again comes to our rescue! She gave us an impromptu lesson on how to make a fake peony. Just watch her clever technique.2. Apply Oasis Floral Adhesive to base. (note: given this was an impromptu lesson, we used white glue for adhesive; it doesn’t set as fast.) 3. Gently remove a rose from its stem and turn over to shake out the pollen. (tip: Use a rose with a high (double) petal count for a fuller, more realistic peony.)
We hope you have enjoyed the three lessons from Flower Camp 2014. Many thanks to aMl and mEl for sharing their expertise with the posse.
June 9, 2014