Friday, February 24, 2012

White Peonies Brides Bouquet Looks Fabulous!

A few days ago I  ran into the blog of Denise Spears Weddings and was delighted to see photos of our beautiful peony flowers that she ordered from us last June for a wedding that she was coordinating.  Denise is a wedding planner based in NC and she did a fabulous job making the brides white peony bouquet and boutonnieres for Chris and Beths June 18, 2011 wedding.

Since we cut our peonies flowers when they are in bud stage and have not opened yet I don't get to see them too often so I really appreciate seeing photos of our beautiful peonies. I just love how the grooms burgundy red boutonniere and how it matches the high heeled wedding shoes.  Check out these lovely peony wedding flower photos.  Clicking on the image will reveal a nice large photo of the flowers (this only works on the last flower photo for some reason)

Wedding Photography By True2Life
Wedding Photography By True2Life

Wedding Photography by True2Life

I hope you enjoyed seeing these beautiful peony wedding flower photos.  To see more photos of our flowers be sure to visit our Peonies Wedding page.  Scroll down and click on the brides name to see how she used our peonies flowers for her wedding.

Friday, February 17, 2012

How Many Peony Plants Do You Have?

This is a question that we seem to get asked at least a couple of times a year.  We were talking to an acquaintance that we ran into in a restaurant at lunchtime the other day and she asked the question "How many peony plants do you have?"     I always have to stop and think since we are planting new peony plants every year so the number is constantly changing and I seem to lose track as soon as I figure it out.

The truth is right now I have lost count of how many peony plants we actually have.   I knew at one point a few years ago but then we planted more, and more, and I have lost count.
Our son is in 4th grade and always seems to need math help so I always try to find creative ways to get him to learn math without letting him think it is schoolwork.  I learned about this trick from a site I found called Math Goodies and I use it whenever I get a chance. If he thinks its related to homework or schoolwork then he won't want to do it. 

So I got out some old charts of our peony fields that I had made a few years ago by walking around with a clipboard and drawing a sketch of each peony field with the number of rows of plants in each area and asked him to help me tally the numbers up so I could remember how many peony plants we have.  He did a good job in tallying up the first few sheets for me but then found something more interesting to do and left me to do the counting myself.

In the spring once our peony plants are up out of the ground which will probably be mid to late April  I plan to do another inventory by walking around and counting our peony plants.  Until then I will just use the estimate I came up with from my old inventory which is around 6000 plants.

Another question that we are also asked often is how to grow peonies.  This article gives some good background info on growing peonies

Monday, February 13, 2012

Do You Ship Peonies Flowers Outside of the USA?

Each year we get asked this question at least a couple of times and the answer is no.  In the past we have shipped our fresh cut peonies flowers only within the USA including Alaska and Hawaii.  

A few years ago we tried to ship peonies flowers to Spain and found that the shipping companies were all confused on whether or not a phytosanitary certificat was required.  For Spain one is not required but al lof th shippers insisted that it was.  The closest place I could get on was 85 miles away so in the end we were not able to ship and decided not to persuit international orders.

Recently we have become approved to ship flowers as air cargo on Delta airlines.  We are currently checking to see what is involved for international shipments and hope to gain some international customers in Europe or other parts of the world.

Last year while doing some research on peony availability in the UK I came across this UK based flower site Serenata Flowers Online and was impressed with the varity of different types of flowers offered.  While they do not seem to sell peonies I was impressed with their site.  They also had great photos which I always like.

Another site that I really like is gardening.  I am always amazed by all of the great, free information I find on Wikipdia.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Peonies Wedding Bouquets

I just discovered a site called Pinterest.  Actually, I discovered it a while back but just got around to checking it out and have set up a pinboard focused on Peonies Wedding Bouquets  It is a collection of my favorite photos that our customers have sent us showing their beautiful peony bridal bouquets they have made using our beautiful peony flowers. 

I have alot of other peony related ideas for additional pinboards so please follow us on Pinterest to get updates.

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