Wedding Wednesday :: Bouquets Featuring Burgandy Peonies

Nerine Art Floral - Andreas Holm Photography

Nerine Art Floral | Andreas Holm Photography

The Flower Farm - Melanie Bennett Photography

The Flower Farm | Melanie Bennett Photography

Peony’s Envy – Plant Varieties

Peony's Envy - White Peonies

Peony's Envy - Tree Peonies

Peony's Envy - Hot Pink Peonies

Peony's Envy - Pink Peonies

Peony’s Envy Website

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Looking for Peonies?? Check out Peony Acres website & Facebook page. Peony Acres is a wholesale cut flower peony farm centrally located in the U.S. — Salina, Kansas.
Peony Acres produces approximately 70,000 stems of peonies each growing season — 70,000 stems! They offer Pinks, Reds, Whites and Coral Peonies, plus, the Anemone style of Peony. Harvest starts this week and lasts for approximately 3 weeks, we all know harvest is dependent on the weather.
They offer a selection of very interesting and old-fashioned peonies like Goldilocks, Mons Jules Elie, and Rasberry Sundae, to name a few. Check out the list of peonies they offer on their website, click on “Peonies” in the menu bar. I also found the pages about the farm’s history and about peonies to be very interesting. Also, I’d recommend signing up for the Harvest Notification email.

Contact Information:
website – www.peonyacres.com
facebook – https://www.facebook.com/peonyacres
email – info@peonyacres.com
phone – 785-819-5474

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Pink Peonies

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peony Acres, Salinas, Kansas

Peonies of China

Hello flower friends,

I just spent two weeks traveling through China on a fantastic vacation. While there I kept my eyes open for anything floral related to share with you, but really never did come across floral arrangements. However, I did come across peonies in bloom! Oh My Gosh — so many lovely peonies! I snapped a few pictures and am sharing them with all of you today.
Enjoy! –

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Chad taking pictures of the Peonies

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Peonies of China

Workshops — Floral Centerpieces featuring PEONIES!

Floral Centerpieces featuring PEONIES!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 10:30am-1:30pm and 2:00-5:00pm | Seattle, Washington

There will be two classes on May 23 featuring PEONIES! The morning session will be taught by Miles Johnson of Fiori Floral Design. Miles will teach students how to create a floral centerpiece with peonies. His class will take place from 10:30am-1:00ish pm. Please call Miles directly at 206.329.3944 to register for the morning centerpiece class.

Fiori Floral Design - peony arrangement

Designed by Miles of Fiori Floral Design

The afternoon class which I, Alicia, will be teaching will focus on the compote style floral centerpiece featuring peonies. Compote styled arrangements beckons a loose, garden inspired design — and working with the Belle of The Ball — PEONIES will definitely create beautiful arrangements for everyone to take home & enjoy! Register here for this class.

Bella Fiori - Peony, clematis and viburnum floral design in milk glass

Designed by Alicia of Flirty Fleurs/Bella Fiori

Location: Both Classes will take place at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market
5840 Airport Way S, Ste 201, Seattle, WA 98108
Investment: Each class costs $150.00. You can decide to register for both classes or just one of the classes. Please call Miles directly at 206.329.3944 to register for the Pave Class. If you’d like to take my compote style class please register here.

Workshop – European Hand-Tied Bouquet Featuring PEONIES!

Florabundance Coral Charm Peonies

Coral Charm Peonies

European Hand-Tied Bouquet Featuring PEONIES!
Saturday, May 23, 2015 | 2:30-5:00pm

Please note – there will be two classes on May 23 featuring PEONIES! The morning session will be taught by Miles Johnson of Fiori Floral Design. Miles will teach students how to create a floral centerpiece with peonies. His class will take place from 10:30am-1:00pm. Please call Miles directly at 206.329.3944 to register for the morning centerpiece class.

The afternoon class which I, Alicia, will be teaching will focus on the European Hand-Tied style of bouquet featuring Peonies! We’ll create full and lush hand-tied bouquets filled with peonies and accenting flowers – this style of bouquet is a perfect style to create and gift to a friend!

Location: Both Classes will take place at Seattle Wholesale Growers Market
5840 Airport Way S, Ste 201, Seattle, WA 98108
Investment: $150.00
Register HERE

A Passion for Peonies by Neill Strain

While in London I had the pleasure of accompanying Paula Pryke to her visit with Neill Strain. Neill has the most lovely shop in the Belgravia neighborhood of London ~ highly recommend visiting if you are ever in the neighborhood. (It’s just a few blocks away from Harrod’s).

Paula Pryke and Neill Strain in front of his shop in London

Neill Strain & Paula Pryke

Neill was hosting a special flower show at his shop called ‘Passion for Peonies’ as part of Chelsea Fringe. The Peonies he had on display were absolutely breathtaking ~ take a look:

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies Display

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies Display

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies Display

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Bartzella Peonies

Bartzella

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Bowl of Cream Peonies

Bowl of Cream

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Charlie White Peonies

Charlie White

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Commander of Performance Peonies

Commander of Performance

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Cytherea Peonies

Cytherea

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Delaware Chief Peonies

Delaware Chief Peony

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Diana Parks Peony

Diana Parks

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Etched Salmon

Etched Salmon

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Garden Treasure

Garden Treasure

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Lemon Chiffon

Lemon Chiffon

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Mackinac Grand

Mackinac Grand

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Mary Jo Legare

Mary Jo Legare

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Mme. Claude Tain Peonies

Mme. Claude Tain

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Moonrise Peonies

Moonrise

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Moonrise Peonies

Moonrise

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Mother's Dream Peonies

Mother’s Dream

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Pink Dinner Plate Peony

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Red Grace Peonies

Red Grace

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - Salmon Dream Peonies

Salmon Dream

Neill Strain - Passion for Peonies - White Cap Peonies

White Cap

You can read more about the inspiration for Passion for Peonies and see more pictures on Neill’s blog.

Another two shots from my visit to Neill’s Shop – the entrance is always changing and the Flower Bar is always full of a lovely selection of flowers:
Entrance to Neill Strain's Flower Shop

Neill Strain's Flower Shop in London

The Flower Bar – a selection of flowers are always on display here

Fleur Friday

Designed by Luv Peace Flowers, centerpiece of coral charm peonies, pink astilbe, green hydrangeas, fern fronds, tulips

Designed by Peace Love Flowers

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Reminder

A Hands-On Design Workshop with Alicia Schwede
{owner of Bella Fiori & editor of Flirty Fleurs}
Saturday, June 7th (10am to Noon)
Would you like to learn more about designing Corsages & Boutonnieres?
Then join us for this 2 hour hands-on class where we will focus on wiring and gluing techniques!! We will practice wiring a variety of flowers and use various finishing techniques on boutonnieres. Corsages – we will work on Pin-ons and Wristlet corsages for a variety of looks.

All instruction, fresh flowers and hard goods are included, please bring your own clippers.
Investment: $175.00 per person
Location: Arlington, Washington (Address & Directions will be sent upon confirmed registration)

Sign up Here

Bella Fiori - Pink Ribbon wristlet corsage

Ribbon Wrist Corsage

Pretty as a Peony

Buckeye Belle Peony by Jello Mold Farm

Buckeye Belle

Carina Peony by Jello Mold Farm

Carina

Cytheria  Peony by Jello Mold Farm

Cytheria

Raspberry Charm  Peony by Jello Mold Farm

Raspberry Charm

Red Charm Peony by Jello Mold Farm

Red Charm

Jello Mold Farm Peonies - Red Charm, Buckeye Belle, Carina, Cytheria, Rasberry Charm

 

Gorgeous Peonies Provided by:

Jello Mold Farm

Mt. Vernon, Washington

Photos by Alicia Schwede

Let’s talk about Peonies and a thing called seasonality..

Ok, perhaps this is a bit of a vent..
Let’s talk about Peonies. Seems these days it is the number one requested flower by brides, right?? Problem is, they often want this flower in August, September, early October and for the most part peonies are just not available. I know what some of you will say, that peonies are available from Alaska, Chile, Timbuktu, etc.
Ok, so let’s look at what these really look like at this time of year:

This is a white peony a friend of mine received for a July 4th wedding. The correct retail price for this little gem? $22.75 per STEM! Do you see how tiny it is?? Perhaps you cannot see it, because it is so tiny:

white peony bud

Only $22.75 per stem!

This little pink guy is from this past week, I got my hands on a few for a Sept. 2nd wedding. Yes, it’s impressive that I could get peonies this late in the season, but is it really worth it? The retail price for this stem? $12 per stem. Not bad considering it is September, although the wholesaler cut me a deal so that’s why the lower price.

Pink peony bud

Only $12 per stem!

WOW, right?

Plus, let’s face it, the brides expect the peonies to look like this:

white peony bridal bouquet

Bridal bouquet designed by Courtenay Lambert Florals of Kentucky


coral pink peony

Annabella Charles Photography


white peonies and clematis

White peony & clematis arrangement by Florali

**SIGH**
Let’s face it, at some point we just have to let peonies go for the season and use lovely garden roses & dahlias instead..