There are very few things I love more in life than fresh peonies.
I’m not so sure if it’s the smell, the look or the overwhelming elegance of the flower, but ever since discovering them years ago I’ve been hooked. In fact, even brown-thumbed me planted some in my garden in hopes of having a never-ending supply once they bloom.
The fattest and most scrumptious of all flowers, a rare fusion of fluff and majesty, the peony is now coming into bloom.
–Henry Mitchell, American writer (1923-93)
New to peonies? Not sure why I love them so much? Check out the RefinedSide’s Pinterest board where I’ve been collecting pictures, tips and all kinds of peony-related things:
Peonies are usually thought of as being pale pink, but there are lots of different varieties and colors including the pale pink which happen to be my favourites.
- ‘Early Scout’: very early, red single flowers
- ‘Firelight’: very early pale-pink single
- ‘Karl Rosenfield’: midseason double with large crimson blossoms
- ‘Norma Volz,’ midseason large, white, fully double flower
- ‘Elsa Sass’: late-season double with pure-white, camellia-like flowers
I love to display the blooms all by themselves in simple glass vases all over my house as often as I can – one flower market near my house sells bunches of them for $5 when they are in full bloom and I take full advantage as often as I can. And when I can’t get the fresh blooms? Well, I stock up on the now readily available candle and beauty product selection so I can smell them all year long!