I love Peonies....but I am quite a novice grower. I am trying to establish some Peonies in the cutting garden. I have the three divas...Scarlet O'Hara, Shirley Temple and Sarah Bernhardt. The problem is you have to let the plants establish themselves before you cut them!!
At the Hall we have Sarah Bernhardt, Buck Eye Belle, Miss America and Duchesse de Nemours which is my wedding Peony in a beautiful ivory colour.
I think Peonies are particularly special as they remain one of the few truly seasonal flowers only being available in June, unlike Roses which I think I have become a little devalued as they are available all year from growers in Kenya and Columbia.
Meantime while I wait for my Peonies to establish I visit my friend Sarah's Peony farm in Norfolk. I am going twice...the first time on Thursday of this week when I will collect Kansas City , beautiful cerise peonies and then I will go again in a week or so for her Sarah Bernhardts....so if you would like some please let me know.
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.