The first Coral Charm peonies appeared in the flower market this week, crashing into the true Autumn Queen: the dahlia. I can’t bear to mix them as it seems such a sacrilege if I stay true to local/seasonal, but I confess that I purchased five stems anyway. Of all the peony varieties she is my favorite and I’m happy to have a plentiful supply for November when the dahlias are spent and dug up for their winter hibernation. She is beautiful with a Fall palette and even just one in our minimum size arrangement is greeted with gasps by the recipient.
Over the last year we’ve reached our goal to be flower foam free. I understand why it became such a necessity in the floral world when it appeared decades ago; it cuts design time by a third.
But it’s also toxic to the environment and basically never breaks down. During the attempt to shrink our enviromental foot print we started a flower compost last year, stopped delivering arrangements in boxes, abandoned cellophane (actually we did that five years ago) and we gladly recycle vases when possible.
Wedding season is basically over except for a friend’s wedding in Wellfleet next weekend which I am attending. (Second one this year)!
This next few days of wet, humid weather should be our last bit before the first frost this weekend. Finally Autumn.