It's funny how things can stay in your memory. I still remember the sunny afternoon when I first bought a bouquet of peonies. It was in the High Street (Strøget) in my hometown of Århus in Denmark. There is a flower stand on a corner and it's been there for years and years. The guy is always shouting out the deal of the day. That's where I bought the peonies. In Danish peonies are also called 'bonderoser' which means peasant roses. Not sure why they are called that...
By the way, not that I'm an expert on flowers, but here are a few tips for making your peonies last longer in a vase. (Probably applicable to most cut flowers.)
Always remove any leaves that will be below the water; they will rot if they are in the water.
Cut the bottom of the stem at a steep angle to create a greater surface where the flower can absorb water.
Keep the flowers in a cool place, atleast to start, so they don't open to quickly.
Change the water every other day and re-cut the stems too. You may have to find a smaller vase if the stems get too short.
Ok, that's it. And now I'm going to bombard you with photos of peonies. I hope you won't mind too much. :-)
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