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All About Peonies

We’re currently in the midst of peony season, which blooms from mid-spring to early summer. We think peony season is the perfect time to learn a little more about these beautiful flowers and why they are the ideal flower to send to someone to make their day. Some of our facts may just surprise you!

What Are Peonies?

Peonies, also known by their botanical name, Paeonia, are classified under the herbaceous perennial group. Peonies are incredibly distinctive and attractive because of their large flower heads filled entirely with soft petals. In some cases, the flowerheads reach ten inches in diameter, the bowl-shaped effect of the flowerhead makes them one of the most popular and beautiful flowers perfect in gardens and bouquets. Famously Marco Polo described peonies as ‘roses as big as cabbages’.

In some cases, peonies may produce a double flower giving an even greater bloom, while peonies come in many colours, they are perhaps most well-known for soft pinks, burgundy reds and crisp white flowers.

The name Peony comes from a physician in ancient Greece, Paeon. Peonies have been used for any years across the world and have been an addition to many gardens throughout history.

In 1000BC, peonies were planted in imperial gardens in China and were actually put under imperial protection. With this, peonies were extremely costly, however as time progressed, cultivation of peonies excelled. In China, peonies are still considered a symbol of peace, stability, wealth and luck. They are common in homes and offices to bring good luck and successful business.

In the eighth century, Japan was a primary producer of peonies, more commonly, the tree peony. Due to work involved, Japan is admired for the skill in cultivating peonies and is still a large producer of tree peonies.

In Europe, peonies were grown for their beauty and ornamental value as well as their medicinal value. Europe concentrated on the herbaceous peony plant rather than the tree peony. In the past, peonies were used to treat headaches, reduce the pain of childbirth and to relieve the symptoms of asthma.

The medicinal value of peonies is still being researched to this day with many scientists believing that the compounds found in peonies could be used to create drugs that cure serious illnesses.


Why Peonies Make The Perfect Bouquet

The full flower of the peony with its fine and floaty appearance makes this flower a perfect gift. The frilly and floaty petals tinged in pastel pink colours are the epitome of romance, and the heavenly sweet scent will make hearts melt.

Peonies are also ideal for friends and family. The flower is vibrant and bold in its appearance and considered a healing flower, perfect for wishing someone a speedy recovery. As well as this, peonies are considered a symbol of luck and good fortune, ideal for wishing someone good luck for a new job or venture and perhaps welcoming a new addition to the family.

The large flowers are ideal to send in a bouquet where you can be sure the flowers will make an impact. At Royal Bloom, we sell a bouquet of ten peonies as letterbox flowers. We know that peonies make the perfect statement themselves and their rich, full bloom needs no other foliage or flowers to compensate. Peonies are the perfect flowers to send someone as you can be sure of a beautiful appearance that will be impressive and last.

With our letterbox flowers, the stems arrive in bud so that the receiver will enjoy the elegant flowers in full bloom for as long as possible. This makes it easy to deliver flowers as they will be sent right through their letterbox. The perfect surprise and a wonderful gesture that is waiting on their doormat as they are welcomed home by your kind thoughts.


The Top Ten Fun Peony Facts

  1. Peonies are set to signify wealth, elegance, romance, abundance and honour; the perfect bloom for every bouquet occasion.
  2. While popular as pretty in pink, peonies can come in every other colour other than blue.
  3. The pink flowers are considered the most fragrant and have a much sweeter smell than the burgundy bloom
  4. Peonies are edible. In China, the petals are used in desserts. The petals may also be found in salads and garnishes.
  5. Peonies are considered a ‘perfect flower’ as they can self-pollinate, they have both types of reproductive organs.
  6. It is the official flower used for 12th wedding anniversaries.
  7. As a garden plant, peonies may survive up to 100 years.
  8. The roots of white peonies are used to improve the function of the liver.
  9. Peonies actually like harsh winters, which is why they thrive in the north.
  10. As a shrub, they can grow up to 10 feet tall.

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How do postal flowers work?


There is nothing more frustrating than sending flowers and they cannot be delivered because there is no one to accept them. In some rare instances, it can be two or three days before a floristry delivery is successful. This annoyance applies in particular if the delivery is meant to be a surprise, which is supposed to be a lovely gesture, but by the time they receive the flowers, they aren’t at their best.

The act of sending flowers on a special occasion hasn’t lost its lustre. A more recent trend has emerged in the form of letterbox flowers. These are fresh blooms that have been packaged in a box that can be accommodated by the average mailbox. There is, however, a skill to preparing and posting flowers that are ready to bloom and fresh.

Never buy this service from anyone other than an experienced and qualified florist that knows how to deliver a bloom in a box. This type of service is so specialised that a highly-regarded florist will take the necessary care and attention to choose the right flowers in bud for a letterbox flower delivery.


Ordering letterbox flowers?


When placing the order, to avoid potential disappointment, it is wise to ensure that the recipient has a standard or larger letterbox. Letterbox flower boxes are specially designed to fit through openings of this size. Royal Bloom size their boxes to ensure they fit through 98% of letterboxes for peace of mind. Boxes are also specifically designed for purpose so that you can rest assured that the contents will not become damaged in transit.

Letterbox flowers are sent as a bloom in box type package, where the flowers are still usually in bud and are often still in bud when they arrive at their destination. This is to extend longevity and ensure the blooms still are fresh. Consequently, they will remain fresh for longer. The boxes that are used for the transit of blooms in bud are specialised in that they allow the flowers to “breathe” while being transported.


Delivering Letterbox Flowers


The timing of delivery is a critical factor when opting for letterbox flowers. At Royal Bloom we offer next day delivery and first class postage, so you can be sure that your lucky recipient will enjoy the flowers for their whole flowering lifespan.

To save your recipient the hassle of retrieving flowers from a local delivery office or post office, letterbox flowers are ideal. With postal flowers, you can be almost certain that your box of flowers will be waiting on their doorstep to surprise and delight them, without any extra travelling. This service is exactly how you want to treat the flower recipient.


Special Messaging

With bloom in box style flower sending, you can still add a heartfelt special message for your recipient, so none of the charm or surprises is lost. Your recipient will still receive beautiful flowers and an amazing surprise as well as a kind-hearted message direct from you, but they will have the added advantage of guaranteed seven-day freshness of the bloom.

Not only does the recipient enjoy bloom and freshness, but you also appreciate the fact that you do not have to pay expensive delivery fees. At Royal Bloom, our letterbox flowers offer free first class postage as standard so that you can give more for less.


Care Instructions 

Included in the package, you will find instructions and guidelines for care and maintenance. By following these guidelines, your flowers will last longer, and the recipient will really appreciate the gift. You will be advised to do one or all of the following:

  • Take care when removing the product from its packaging.
  • Cut approximately one to two inches off the bottom of the stem.
  • Take care to remove any damaged foliage.
  • Clean your vase before adding the flowers.
  • If the flowers will come with a food sachet. Follow the instructions meticulously.
  • Once the flowers have been arranged, remember to top up with water every couple of days.
  • Flowers last longer if placed out of direct sunlight in a cool place.

Special precautions

If you know the recipient well, then it is likely that you will be aware as to whether they have any pets. Special care should be taken when ordering certain flowers such as lilies as they are very dangerous for cats and many breeds of dog. There is a risk of fatality is the animals can access the package before the owner gets home. If you do not know whether the recipient has pets, it is best to avoid flowers such as lilies and opt for a safe flower choice.

For a fabulous bouquet of bloomin flowers for any occasion contact Royal Bloom today for a stunning bouquet that fits through a letterbox.

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Sending letterbox flowers is a beautiful gift for anybody on any occasion. Royal Bloom has a huge selection of postal flowers ready for you to order online today.


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