The Damsel loves peonies ever so much.
They are the very example of an old fashioned flower, which makes them even more dear to the Damsel. The old fashioned varieties smell heavenly (the ones hybridized for fancy colors less so) and have no thorns. Roses struggle to compete in the Damsel’s heart.
While their short season lasts, she revels in them. She kind of wants to say they are her very favorite, but she wouldn’t want the lilacs to hear that.
Two or three glorious weeks, and then they are gone. If only there was a way to keep them around a little longer! Actually, there is…or at least spread them out a bit. The Damsel will show you how to preserve buds for up to two months, to enjoy long after the usual blooming period of the peony bush.
Look for buds like this…fully formed but not opened. A little soft to the touch. With or without ladybug. The hard part is telling yourself that you can’t have this peony now. You’ll have to wait until later. But it will be worth the wait.
Wrap the ends in plastic wrap. Don’t fuss, just enclose the ends. Lay on a tray and put somewhere cold, like a refrigerator, so that they lie horizontally. They can stay there for up to two months, and when you’re ready for a new peony infusion, take them out, snip off a bit of the stem, and place in a vase of water. The peony will bloom in 8-24 hours.
The longer there are peonies in the Damsel’s life, the happier she is.
Thanks to this pretty blog for the info: My Life and Kids