Truth be told, I forget about them when they’re gone. It is very out of sight, out of mind. But when they do eventually return (note: they always do) and I catch that first glimpse of them from across the room, I almost lose my breath. It’s like running into a really handsome college crush that you could never quite keep around for more than a few weeks at a time. You think I’m being dramatic?
That do it for you?
The thing about peonies is that they only flower once a year, which varies depending on where you live, but typically in Southern California they start making their annual appearance at the supermarkets in late April and will only be available for two to three weeks tops.
Closed in their cellophane packaging, they don’t even look particularly special or enticing. In fact, they start off as small, bright, tight little golfball sized buds. But do not make the mistake of passing up this seasonal purchase. Trust me, these flowers will repay you many times over.
You’ll get them home from the market, put them in fresh water, and within an hour they’ll start opening up.
By the time your dinner guests have arrived, they’ll be making a pretty serious statement.
But the real magic won’t happen for another day or two, when the blossoms have fully opened and the colors become more subtle and understated.
By day 5 you’ll wonder how this is possibly even the same flower you almost didn’t purchase. And by the way, why did you limit yourself to just one bouquet???
So go now, get your peony on. These days I’m a firm believer of making things happen for yourself. No one else is going to bring you flowers so what are you even waiting for? Trader Joe’s has them for $6.99 and Wholefoods for $9.99. Stick them in a vase and wait for happiness.