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This week we want to spotlight one of our favorite flowers: peonies. Every time we see a bouquet of flowers we love there is one thing we know they have...peonies! They are perfect for special occasions as they come in soft colors. Most often found in red, pink, yellow or white. One of our favorite things about peonies is their wonderful scent that comes along with a very large, beautiful bouquet. 

Also, they are everywhere for the summer season so we wanted to make sure we were giving them some extra attention as well.They bloom in the spring but are known for their lushness all throughout the summer. This is one of the many reasons they are perfect for planting in your yard. You plant them so they’ll bloom in the spring but you get the reward all summer! Also, when it comes to taking care of peonies and planting them the great news is they can last for a VERY long time. Just make sure you plan them right and little maintenance is required to keep them looking beautiful! They basically only need full sun and well-drained soil and BOOM. A perfect bloom of peonies is bound to happen. Be careful though, peonies usually attract ants to their flower buds. 

Ever wonder where peonies come from? They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. To this day, it’s still a traditional floral symbol of China. In addition to it’s presence in Asia, peonies also became the state flower of Indiana in 1957. 

A few ways to use these special flowers: 

  • Gardening! Nothing better than having a garden full of these gorgeous flowers. They are big, bold and beautiful. Their bloom takes up a lot of space and are a great way to fill empty spots. 
  • Bridal Shower: Nothing says a girly bridal shower like a bunch of pink and white peonies. There are multiple shades of pink when it comes to peonies so they are a great touch to any bridal shower table floral arrangements.
  • Wedding Bouquets: What’s prettier than a bride walking down the aisle? A bride walking down the aisle with a bouquet of peonies. They make a great addition to any bridal bouquet.  
  • A way to say...anything! Whether it’s happy birthday flowers, thank you, congratulations, get better or really anything...peonies go with every occasion and it’s time to use them! 

Hope you love peonies now as much as we do at Nosegay DC. Go out and buy some to make your summer days even brighter! 

This week for our blog readers, we decided to dedicate it to one of our favorite flowers here at Nosegay D.C. The sunflower (or should we say helianthus) is one of our “perfect-for-all-occasions” flowers here at the shop. This particular type of flower is native to North America. One of the many reasons we decided to put the spotlight on them this week is that they are the epitome of summer. They love to bloom in the summer if you are thinking about future gardening ideas and really want to welcome in the summer in your yard. There are many reasons why we love the sunflower...and here’s why: 

 

  1. It can stand on it’s own. No need to dress up the sunflower with other flowers in it’s way. It’s one of the few flowers that can make a vase feel full with only a few sunflowers in it. They are certainly a powerful flower. However, if you are looking for a Washington DC floral arrangement, sunflowers are a great addition. They’ll knock the boring right out of any arrangement. 
  2. They are usually inexpensive. Tired of spending money on overpriced flowers at D.C. flower shops? We are too! Sunflowers are often very reasonable wherever you go. 
  3. Their colors go with everything. Whether it’s a gloomy time of year or in the middle of summer...sunflowers go with ever season and any home decorations. 
  4. They are bold. These flowers are usually tall (can be cut down) and speak for themselves in any room. They will make a great impression. 
  5. An awesome gift. Always wondering what type of flowers to bring a friend or family member having you over for dinner? Sunflowers make the perfect gift...in large part of the reasons we mentioned above! 
  6. Great for gardening. Have a big area of space in your backyard or front yard that you don’t know what to do with? Look no further than the sunflower. They have a strong tendency to spread rapidly so make sure you have plenty of space for them to grow to their hearts content. 
  7. Looking to celebrate a birthday? Do so with sunflowers. Whether they are for you or you are looking for a birthday flower delivery, make sure to include sunflowers. They will be sure to brighten up anyone’s day, especially on their birthday. 
  8. Easy to grow. As long as the soil is not watered too much they are the perfect plant to get started with in your garden. Definitely think about them for their summer bloom. They can withstand heat and droughts and thus perfect for the summer and many different climates. 
  9. Did I say pretty? I mean these flowers are absolutely gorgeous and if that isn’t reason enough to get on the sunflower bandwagon, we don’t what is! 
Hope you enjoyed this week’s Nosegay blog. We are planning to spotlight our favorite flowers in our monthly flower spotlight. Feel free to send through any suggestions or things you’d like to be se highlighted. We love the feedback!