Peony’s latest launch


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 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.

FullSizeRender (10) eWe 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.










FullSizeRender (15) eAlso 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!

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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.

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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!

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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?!

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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

Kathy x


  1. Susan April 4, 2016 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to your dear parents. I have never written anything like this before but am trying to come to terms with widowhood and your story touched me.

  2. Kathy April 6, 2016 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, I’m so sorry to hear you have lost your husband, and not at all surprised to hear you are finding it hard to come to terms with – I’m sure I would be exactly the same. Your words make me even more determined to make the most of every day I have with my parents, both of whom have their health issues, and also, of course, my lovely husband Olley. None of us know what is around the next corner, but I hope that you can comfort yourself with happy memories of the time you enjoyed with the man you love.
    My very best wishes to you,
    Kathy x

  3. Mary Thomason April 7, 2016 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful Anniversary for your parents. Best wishes to them. Spend many hours and money (lol) on qvc and do hope you are well quickly.

  4. Sharon Carmichael April 7, 2016 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy. Hope you are much better, Spring flowers will no doubt give you a wonderful lift to help your recovery.
    Can I be so bold to ask with 1.8 million people living in Northern Ireland why with only 37 miles between England and us, do Poeny flowers not let us enjoy such beautiful flowers. Edinburgh is further from Knowsley

  5. Kathy April 8, 2016 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Mary
    Thanks for your message! My parents enjoyed their anniversary and were thrilled when their card from the Queen arrived!
    And however many hours and pounds you spend on QVC, I’m sure I spend more of both – it’s an expensive job! I am definitely shaking this flu off and will be back on air next Tuesday. Hope to see you then!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  6. Denise April 8, 2016 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Glad that you seem to be feeling better. I have missed you.

  7. Maureen April 13, 2016 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Glad to see your smiling face again, you are a pleasure to watch. Have you tried the Flu jab?

  8. Kathy April 20, 2016 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Denise – lovely words!
    Kathy x

  9. Kathy April 20, 2016 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello Maureen
    Yes! As I’m asthmatic I always have a flu jab in the autumn but I must have caught another strain. All over now, though, except a lingering cough.
    Hope you’re well!
    Kathy x

  10. Rachel Powell April 21, 2016 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Kathy Tayler what are you doing/using. You look amazing. x

  11. Kathy May 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rachel, so sorry – I’ve only just read your comment. To answer you, I have no idea!! But thank you very much!
    Take care
    Kathy x

  12. Kathy May 25, 2016 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sharon
    Much belated reply to you – so sorry I ve only just spotted you comment. I have no idea why Peony can’t ship to you in Northern Ireland but I will certainly ask Julie when I next see her. It must be the water rather than the distance, but not sure why.
    Thanks for your well wishes, my best to you too.
    Kathy x

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