Among my favorite flowers is the spring peony. We are fortunate to have four red bushes and an entire long row of pinks and whites, making a spectacular display in late June. This year I am committing flower sacrilege by cutting most of the blooms as they first open to dry for wreaths. When cut the very first day and air-dried, the petals hold well and they look like a dried rose.
Although I love to see the whole hedge blooming, peonies usually fracture and fall in a shower of petals after two or three days; with frequent rain showers, they last an even shorter period of time. But when the fragrant blooms are dried in the open beams of my great room, they last for years as an everlasting wreath.
A fringe benefit is the sweet fragrance of fresh peony that fills my home as they dry. Bunch them in small bunches, preferably no more than three, using rubber bands. The blossoms will shrink by 2/3’s and only a rubber band will shrink with the stems. Hang them upside/down from the ceiling in a very dry environment away from direct light. Because dried blooms are fragile, allow them to remain hanging until they are glued into a wreath base of neutral everlastings. Everlasting rose and peony wreaths will be available at our September 15, 2015, September Sale @ Farm Grove.
A floral wreath is an elegant cottage gift that celebrates spring throughout the seasons.
HAPPY SPRING from the Farm Grove Barn