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Four reasons why peonies are the best flowers to buy now – and how to care for them


They’re in bloom! The UK’s most-loved floral season kicks off this week with coral charm peonies – the first peony variety to blossom every spring. And Bloom & Wild have brand-new peony bouquets to celebrate the glorious occasion.

Get your peony fix before they are all gone, as they’re only around for a short but sweet time. Blooming from late April to June.

After the coral charm, peony season welcomes fluffy white peonies. As well as the ever-popular Sarah Bernhardt powder pink peonies, which last from early May through to the end of June.

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Four reasons why we love peonies

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1. They magically change colour

As if by magic the petals of the coral charm peony change colour. This stunning variety is famous for its colour-changing petals. Watching them burst open and turn from brilliant coral to blush pink to vintage cream over the course of a few days.

2. Their spectacular bloom

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Image credit: Bloom & Wild

A golf ball-sized bud, when ready, blossoms and opens up to three times the size. Offering a truly spectacular bloom. The size of the flower head means you don’t need many to make a real impact.

3. They’re ideal for hay fever sufferers

This much-loved flower is said to be one of the most favourable for those who suffer from pollen allergies.

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4. They have a beautiful special meaning

Bloom & Wild have enlightened us. Peonies apparently symbolise good fortune (needed now more than ever) and a happy marriage – who knew?!

peony bouquet

Image credit: Bloom & Wild, Tilly bouquet featuring Sarah Bernhardt powder pink peonies

Coming soon: Tilly bouquet, from £38, Bloom & Wild

How to care for your peonies

How to care for peonies

Image credit: Bloom & Wild

With some TLC, peonies bloom in beauty for up to five days in a vase. Especially if you take care of them, as Bloom & Wild florist Harriet Perry explains…

1. Gently give them a wipe

‘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.’

2. Choose a supportive vase

Reach for a jug or kilner jar with a narrow neck. The narrow neck will prop up the stems, allowing the owers to be fanned out for a fuller-looking display.

3. Find your flowers a good home

‘Keep peonies away from direct sunlight and radiators, as they’re dehydrating. And fruit, because some fruits release gases that can make flowers fade.’

4. Give them a trim

‘Trimming peonies (at the stem) 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. Re-trim the stems by 1cm every few days.’

5. Refresh the water

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

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Happy Peony season everyone.

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