Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Peony Bouquet

Ever since moving into our apartment, my roommate and I have kept an always-have-fresh-flowers-in-the-house rule. For the most part, we've stuck to it quite well (with many weeks' success attributed to one very routine flower-giving boyfriend).

Since fresh flowers can be so expensive, we generally pick-up our stems on sale from the grocery store, sometimes at the farmers' market and we had potted poinsettias for a few weeks at Christmas, a time when few flowers are in season and we wanted to save some dough. But this last weekend, we decided a splurge was in order. Elizabeth saw on Instragram (of all places) that peonies were on sale at Whole Foods, so I rushed over to grab some. Since it was Mother's Day, the store seemed to be overflowing with florals and I couldn't help but indulge and scoop up a few others: larkspur, goldenrod and bells of Ireland.

I recently read this post on Style Me Pretty Living on how to make flowers last longer and I put some of the tips to use for this piece, including cutting each stem diagonally, throwing in some pennies at the bottom (I've tried this previously, too) and changing the water frequently.

It seems silly, but walking into the apartment to this centerpiece makes so incredibly giddy each day. Peonies are my absolute favorite flower. Their tissue-paper-thin petals just kill me and I love to watch them bloom. After the first day at work, I came home to find the first peony had started blooming and she just gets prettier by the hour (and huge). I also created a smaller bouquet for Ryan's mom since we were headed over for a Mother's Day grill-out. I arranged it in a vase and then tied it with twine to easily transport it.

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