I will admit that I have been known
to go a little crazy when peonies are in season.
But just a little.
Okay... more than a little.
But can you blame me?
Those full ruffly flowers
with that intoxicating scent and charm that is irresistible.
I cannot get enough of their dreamy goodness in the house.
I sing to them, dance around the room with them, take photos of them
in the kitchen sink, on the outdoor table, on the nightstand, you name it.
Peonies speak my language big time and inspire me constantly.
And after those pretty peony petals start to drop here and there
and even dry a bit... I can't bring myself to toss them.
So I keep them as long as I can get away with it
and dry them to be enjoyed all year long.
peonies are charming even when they are dried.
And they are perfect for a mantel or a simple bouquet
And I keep as many of them as possible to use all year long.
So, what is the big secret to perfectly dried peonies?
Well, if I tell you... you probably won't believe me.
It isn't some secret formula that involves a special dark closet
in a temperature and humidity controlled room.
It doesn't have to do with silica gel or any other type of preserving agent.
Or even tying them upside down so that their petals
will be preserved in perfect 'fluff'
It isn't nearly as involved as you might think.
The secret is to just enjoy them.
Let them dry in a vase of water slowly
and enjoy them.
And in a couple of weeks- those pretty peonies
will be pretty dried peonies.
Not all of them will dry well honestly.
Sometimes, it seems they start to turn brown before even getting halfway dried.
I find that the white ones are harder than the darker ones so something to consider.
But even with tossing a good portion of the ones that don't look as pretty
I have an arm load of peonies that look perfect.
After they are mostly dried- you can remove them from the water
and trim the stems to whatever length you would like.
You can see in the above photo that the stems are sucking up water even
after the peonies are basically completely dried.
I think that is part of why it works.
The water helps them dry slowly in perfect form.
The only caution I would have is to make sure the leaves are not touching the water
as they will grow mold- which you definitely do not want.
So what am I going to do with all of these pretty peonies now?
I have a few ideas and will share where they are going to be enjoyed soon.
Hope your weekend is off to a great start!