Peonies in April?

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

David Austen roses can give you the same effect with a more reliable scent profile.

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

FutureMrsBanchon:  I’d ask a florist! I happen to have a peony in my yard here in MN. It probably bloomed in May since we had snow quite late. I’m guessing florists can make them bloom kind of when they want, you know? To a point. They ARE very fragrant and they do NOT last long at all. Which makes me kind of want to get rid of it. Good luck!!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

My daughter wanted them, for her wedding last weekend. We were told that they were “out of season” then, and would be $35 a stem.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: dont know

I love peonies! they sell silk ones on ebay if youre worried you can’t find any in season or if  you’re worried about price, scent etc

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I adore peonies and actually spent a little bit more on flowers to have my bridal bouquet made of them for next May. I know they are pricey even in season, but even more so out of season. I think it would be wonderful to have all the bouquets made out of peonies. Just ask your florist about their opinion on the flowers.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I love peonies! I had them in my bouquet and they lasted until I took my bouquet a part to dry out my blooms for my shadow box (this was about 3-4 days after my wedding). Peonies are extremely popular and very expensive. I’ve also bought peonies at Whole Foods just for fun (from April till June) and they’ve lasted a week or more. I’d talk to your florist. The scent was not overbearing. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Peonies have loads of delicate petals so some may drop. I wouldn’t worry about them losing their fragrance. I would be more concerned about cost.  They are quite expensive in season and April is too early for them. I’m not sure where you live but I got married in April and there are not many things blooming at that time in New England!

Keep in mind that peonies can have massive blooms so you could have one or two in your bouquet and then use others as fillers. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee

FutureMrsBanchon:  Peonies are a beautiful choice of blooms for your bouquets. Though they may not be blooming in your garden, they’re available from other sources in April. They shouldn’t be wilting or losing petals unless they’ve been out of water too long and /or left to open too much prior to designing. And, generally, they have a wonderful fragrance…it’s part of their beauty. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

FutureMrsBanchon:  Speak to some florists in your area, it can vary! We’re getting married in March and I wanted peonies too but they’re very rarely in season that time of year unless the weather conditions have lasted longer than usual.

I am going with David Austin roses, they’re a really beautiful alternative (i’ve had many florists confirm this is the best option) and they’re easier to get 🙂 good luck!

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