On Friday after work, I stopped by a flower market in Downtown LA...
Oh, I just love flowers, and when I go to the flower market, I really have to restrain myself from buying half of the flowers there. But then I saw the Peonies, so beautiful and pink, I was sold and didn't need to look any further. Peonies are in season from late April to early June, so we have very little time to enjoy these pink beauties.
People say that the peony is named after Paeon, a student of the Greek God of medicine Asclepius. Asclepius became jealous of Paeon, and Zeus (no introduction needed) saved Paeon from the anger of Asciepius by turning him into the peony flower.
As soon as I got home, I cleared the kitchen table, and trimmed at least an inch of the bottom of the stems. My mom always taught me to take the cut at an angle, which will provide a larger cut surface to absorb water. I also trimmed off the lower leaves that would be under the water once the peonies are put in the vase. Otherwise, they can rot, and decrease the life of the blooms.
clear rubber bands, but I lost my pack and had to use what I could find - a regular rubber band from my office. I tied one at the top of the stems and one at the bottom.
When it comes to vases, I often use jars as vases ~ I love mixing different styles, and this time I decided to put the beautiful pink flowers in a thick canning jar. (It is kind of like wearing a delicate dress with a pair of rain-boots.) The thick and simple glass enhanced the delicateness of the flowers.
So, I decided to build a habit to bring fresh flowers home every week and accessorize our living space with splashes of pink, red, white, yellow...
xo, Zuma A.