Post # 1
Okay I tried my second attempt at doing a bouquet. I don’t have a lot of flowers to choose from here locally, but this is staying in my color scheme. I need some critique please. My actual bouquet will be fuller with roses and peonies.
Sorry the pics are so freaking huge……
Post # 4
I love it! The colours look great mixed with the baby’s breath, and it seems like a great size.
Post # 6
Love it, its romantic and sooo pretty!
Post # 8
@thumpurr: Stunning! Good job!
Post # 9
I Love it. Its romantic, soft and classic. Beautiful.
Post # 10
@thumpurr: it is GORGEOUS! Great job :)!
Post # 11
You bee’s are always so nice. I guess the only thing I see wrong with it is like I said I would love to have access to more flowers. I want some varing shades of ivory, white, and some lighter pinks and blush colors.
Any DIY bee’s out there that have worked with peonies?? This flower I cannot seem to find here at all!! I know they are only in season at certain times, but I am curious how easy of difficult they are to work with. I see so many beautiful bouquets with the peony, in white and soft pink…..they are just swooooon worthy!! LOL!!
Again thanks ladies. I am waiting (impatiently) for my centerpiece vases to arrive so I can start working on those. LOL!!
Post # 12
@thumpurr: Peonies have a VERY short season in early- to mid-spring…outside that time frame they are almost impossible to come by, and if they are available, they’re SUPER expensive, so I don’t know if it’s worth it to track them down for a practice bouquet. Garden roses can give you a similar look (and are generally more available), or camellias, although they can be just as hard to find after spring, I think. My bouquet (September wedding) will have lisianthus for the ‘fluffy’ flower, perhaps you can try that? It should be pretty widely available now and for the next month or so.
Post # 13
@loveandapitbull: I have seen the garden roses, which IMO are just a lovely as the peony. I have noted the other flowers you have stated, I will be googling these shortly to have a look at them. Thanks!
Post # 14
It looks great!
As far as peonies go, here in St. Louis they appear to have a longer season than some other areas (I was told by my former-florist aunt that they are easy to get April-June). Since you’re in Nevada, I’d worry that they would be more difficult since it’s so hot there, and if you DO get them, they won’t last very long if you’re outside much.
All that being said, I have peony bushes in my yard so when they’re blooming I’m always cutting and arranging them to have around the house. They’re really easy to work with to me, and pretty fool-proof. They have strong stems so you don’t really have to worry about them drooping, and the heads are so big that they’re really forgiving when arranging. Plus, their pretty at all stages – the buds, closed blooms, and when they’re huge and open.
Garden roses would definitely be hardier, though, and easier to get, but they’re just as expensive (sometimes more!). You might want to look into some bigger, standard roses, like Creme de la Creme – it’s a beautiful ivory variety with HUGE blooms, but it’s still a standard rose.
Post # 15
@StL.Ashley: I will be using a bulk flower delivery service, probably fiftyflowers. They do have availability on peonies year round, but they are quite expensive. I am jealous that you live some where that flowers actually grow. We have a choice of sagebrush dirt and more dirt. LOL!! I am glad to read that they are easy to work with, and yes I agree they are beautiful in any stage. Can you believe I have only seen the peony in pictures?? I do like the garden roses, and if the peony gets to be too outrageously priced, this will be a second choice, followed up by the larger standard roses. I think what I find humerous about Nevada is in May we usually are still getting snow in the northern part of the state while the southern part is baking. Luckily I am in the northern part, so I am hopeful that the peony will hold up a little better. Do you have pics of your garden?? Like I said, I am jealous…….I have never seen this flower in person!!
Post # 16
Looks beautiful! If you’re going for a fuller rose look, wait a couple of days and blow into the “face” of each one to spread it out more. Quick, short puffs of air instead of trying to spread the petals with your fingers. Once you put peonies in there, you’re going to need fewer roses, so you might need to employ different arrangement techniques. Size-wise, a peony stem is nice and sturdy, and the bloom is going to be about the size of a navel orange but more shallow–they’re pretty big.