We have exciting news for any Peony fans, and that includes me!
We have just opened an online flower shop that means you can order gorgeous bouquets of everlasting floral beauty from qvcuk.com. You’ll receive a beautiful cellophane wrapped arrangement created by faux flower specialists Peony, which will be perfect for you to give as a stunning gift or enjoy in your own home. They’ll be ready to pop straight into a vase or jug (no trimming of stems or stripping of leaves required!) but in case you don’t have anything suitable, we’ll also stock a selection of vases to order.
We have a variety of bouquets available and I’ve treated myself to two. The first is peonies, which includes tall stems of blooms with pale pink petals deepening to dark pink at the base. Most of the flowers are open but there are also some plump buds, which, along with a couple of stems of greenery, help to make these look so real.
Also the dahlias, which I’ve always loved as my dad used to grow them in our garden when I was little. These are in a range of pink but also two lovely green blossoms and a sprig of eucalyptus that add a beautiful balance to the bouquet. I popped these into a ceramic vase that isn’t watertight, so I’ve never been able to use it for flowers – I think you’ll agree it looks delightful!
I’ve put it next to a photo of mum and dad, but actually I might wrap it back in the cellophane and give it to them at the weekend, as they are celebrating their Diamond wedding anniversary. Sixty years of marriage! My three brothers along with their partners, and Olley and I, will be taking them out for dinner, and we’ve bought some diamond-cut wine glasses for them. I’ve also organised for them to receive a congratulatory message from the Queen, but I think a beautiful Peony bouquet of dahlias will bring lasting pleasure and is the perfect way to mark such a special occasion.
Of course, if you’re particularly creative you can use the Peony bouquets in less conventional ways. I was inspired by photos I’d seen of a display in London earlier this month by artist Rebecca Louise Law – she transformed St Christopher’s Place in the West End into a beautiful spring spectacle with a suspended floral installation using 1200 fresh stems. It was a contemporary urban garden with a difference. I tried a similar thing on a much smaller scale using the Dahlia bouquet in the conservatory end of our kitchen – I was rather pleased with the effect!
And, of course, the best thing about Peony faux flowers is that you can move them around your home, combine stems from different bouquets to put a bespoke arrangement together, never have to change smelly water and never have to throw them away! My final photo for you is of a tired posy of tulips less than a week after I bought them, and my Peony favourites! Which would you prefer?!
I’m at home with flu at the moment but on the mend and by the time you read this I hope to back on air.
Until then, take care