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In China, white peonies have long been used for its medicinal properties; The peony's roots and seeds were frequently used to treat headache and asthma and to relieve pain associated with childbirth. Little wonder then, that the Chinese call it 牡丹 (mǔdān) which means “the most beautiful”, 富貴花 (fùguìhuā) which means “flower of riches and honor” and 花王 (huawang) “king of the flowers”.
Peonies come in beautiful shades of purple, pink, red, white and yellow colors. Pink peonies symbolise love at first sight and are used frequently for weddings. White symbolises shyness or shame, and are often used as apologies or regret. Red is the colour of royalty in China, and so represents wealth, prosperity, honour and respect. And although red symbolises love and passion in Western culture, but for us, red peonies signify unattainable or striking beauty. Violet and purple peonies are closely related to the myth of Paeon, and without looking too closely, could symbolise envy or encouragement depending on interpretation.
What makes the peony even more precious, is while it is an evergreen shrub that when cultivated properly, can last up to 100 years (or more!), its blooms can only last 5–10 days, blooming once a year.
So, once cut, how can we make sure they last as long in our homes? Here’re 3 KEY things to keep in mind; From choosing your peonies, to processing to maintaining them!
TIP: Help your peonies bloom faster by trimming the stems and put them directly into warm water. Put the flowers, vase and all, in a warm place in direct sunlight and check on them periodically. Once they start opening, you can move them to wherever you'd like them to be.
And remember, HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE with CLEAN WATER and stay out of the heat and direct sunlight to help them last as long as they can.
Oh, and one last thing… check out if we have peonies at BloomsXTwigs. Our beautiful blooms get a refresh weekly and you can pick them up in store at Simei or Punggol and online as well!
Until our next blog, XOXO