Monday, June 28, 2010

This is the arrangement that graces my kitchen counter on this Monday morning of June. It is a gorgeous arrangement and it was a gift to me from my dear friend. She created the arrangement and many, many more like it or similar to it, for her son's wedding, which was held on Saturday evening. Now, what makes this beautiful bouquet so exceptional besides the fact of how it looks, is the story of the peonies within the bouquet. I tried to get all the facts of this story straight before telling it, since it almost sounds like a fairy tale to me.

Peonies in this part of the country, are finished blooming by early June. Many were asking at this wedding how the florist(which happens to be my dear friend and mother of the groom), had hundreds of peonies to use in the bouquets at the end of June. Flippantly, I said, "maybe she sent to the Northwest for them since I seen some of my friends from the Northwest sharing their peonies lately."
But, that was not the case. Here is how my friend had different varieties of these flowers to use;
She was told by a reliable source, that if she would pick the stems of peonies while they were still buds, wrap them in newspaper and put them in the refrigerator, they could be kept up to 6 weeks in refrigeration. So my friends, that is what she did...360 peony buds went into refrigeration to wait for her son's wedding. Where did she find that amount of refrigerator space? Who knows?
On Tuesday before the wedding, she pulled a few out, put them in water and found our first hand, that it worked. They opened beautifully just as she had been told.
On Friday she and her good friend, two amazingly talented ladies, and together created ALL the bouquets, arrangements and centerpieces needed for the wedding and the reception. Did she have a back-up plan if this not work? Yes, she had a supplier on stand-by that would ship them overnight to her...but oh, that would have been so expensive, and my friend always creates beauty without expense. My friend grew these peony bushes in her back yard, so her way was very inexpensive. Last summer I visited her home and saw her peony bushes and was left speechless when I saw her loaded bushes.
I am going to share pictures of the wedding and reception with you sometime this week, but for now, I just wanted to share my fun and almost unbelievable peony story with you.
Guess who is turning 3 years old tomorrow?

The special day will soon be here little one.


Rach said...

The flowers are beautiful!

Melinda said...

Wow cool story. Glad there weren't any ants in them yet. :) :)


Judy said...

I just heard recently that one could do that with peony blooms....and now I know it works. Beautiful arrangement...and lovely combination of flowers.

Happy birthday to your special gal!

debi said...

Wow what a great tip!
By the way, In the Garden is a song I grew up with as it was my Grandmother's favorite and was played at her memorial service. Over the personal favorite as I am a Wizard of Oz fan...I love the version sung by this Hawaiian singer I believe his name is Iz. Search it and listen, I think you will love it!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I never knew that fact about Peonies, Judy! I wonder if that also works for other flowers? They looks beautiful in your bouquet.

Happt 3rd Birthday to your sweet little grandchild.

Happy@Home said...

The wedding you attended sounds like it was a lovely affair. How nice to extend the memory with those beautiful flowers on your kitchen counter.
That is a very interesting tip about the peonies. I'm so glad it all worked out for your friend.
I look forward to seeing more pictures of the wedding.
Happy Birthday to a very cute little 3 year old.

Barb said...

Hi Judy, such beautiful flowers....oh they speak to one's soul.

Happy birthday to the sweet little one.

How special you truly are!!!!

Barb ♥

Anonymous said...

I have never heard of that but I am going to try it next year. I have white, pink, and double pink peonies. I find that when they bloom it's all at once and they don't last very long. this would be a very neat trick. Thank you. Also I just love your flower arrangement. It's so pretty. Everytime I pick flowers out of my garden to bring into the house I think of you now :>) I can't wait to see what type of a birthday celebration your little grand is going to have ♥

Connie said...

Beautiful flowers...I don't think we have peonies here in California. I could be wrong. What a great story.

Oh to be 3!! Have a good day!


corners of my life said...

I can picture these bouquets on expensive floral fabric. They are stunning.

Stacey said...

Your bouquet is beautiful! My friend's daughter got married last summer. They purchased hundreds of stems of calla lilies from Sam's Wholesale Club for a song. We passed them around among friends to keep them refrigerated. Worked great!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

My neighbors' peonies began blooming last week. Funny how SLC is behind BC! I'm going to snitch a few buds and try that refrigeration trick!


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