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Cool Summers Bring July Peonies

  |   By Amber Richman

A wonderful silver lining of a cool spring and summer season; peonies in July!

My July 11 bride couldn't have been happier. Her bouquet was a girly girl mixture of pinks, composed of peonies, hydrangea, and a smorgasbord of roses.

The standards for this romantic wedding were ideal for the chapel at Graydon Hall—a beautiful venue with old world charm. The mass of solid flowers included some carefully placed green amaranthus to give them a sculpture look, fitting into the backdrop perfectly.


We simplified the table arrangements by adding a lush amount of white hydrangea with a mix of the pink roses. Arranged in smart silver pots, these arrangements jumped off the hot raspberry linen of the dining tables. The rest of the tables in the hall had soft pink cloths, such as the money box table. There we placed a simple white and soft pink arrangement, to match the subtle colours of the linen.

wbjuly09_standardswbjuly09_money-boxAlthough I was thrilled about having peonies for this summer wedding, it points out a question I get asked very often. Why aren’t all flowers available year round? What are your thoughts on that? Do you think that growers should find a way through technology to produce all varieties all year long? Or should we allow flowers to stay seasonal, so we appreciate them more when they are in bloom? I look forward to your thoughts!

This article was originally published on Jul 21, 2009

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