These paper flowers will bloom for you year round!
Ahh, sweet summer is here and with it the glorious arrival of a everyone’s favorite flower – the peony!
With its spectacular display of colors (think pink, red, yellow and white!), lush, unbridled petals, and a delicate, intoxicating fragrance, it’s no surprise that the peony has been a delighting the senses for thousands of years. In fact, written records from as far back as 8 their enchanting beauty. Is it any wonder then that the peony is known the world over as “queen of the flowers?”
Today, peonies are just as stunning as ever and, thanks to new and improved varieties they're even easier to grow. There are three main types of peonies to consider when planting. The most common and widely available is the herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora). Herbaceous peonies grow to about three feet tall, die back to the ground each winter, then sends up vigorous sprouts each spring. The other is the tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa), a slow-growing woody-stemmed shrub that can reach up to six feet. The third is a hybrid of the two. A combination of all three makes for a spring garden that darn near looks like it jumped out of a painting.
As dazzling as peonies are, they’re surprisingly no-fuss and require very little attention (I’m talking to you, brown-thumbs!) They survive the harshest winters, are practically drought resistant, and aren't bothered by deer or rabbits. Though peonies fare best in cool climates, early-blooming varieties with low-chill requirements can thrive in even some parts of the deep South.
You will need:
20 Coffee filters
Green Floral tape
Green Floral wire
Rit Liquid Dye: Petal Pink & Yellow
Small Terra Cotta Pot
Pebbles or Stones
- Dye your coffee filters, 10 of each color. Let dry.
- Fold your coffee filter in quarters and fringe cut. To fringe cut your coffee filters start at the edge and cut away pie shaped pieces leaving behind sharp triangular points. Do so to both colors.
- Leaving the lighter inner petals folded in quarters cut about 1" from the bottom. Set aside bottom 1".
- Take a cotton ball and cut into quarters. Cover a quarter of the cotton ball using the excess inch.
- Cut your floral wire to 7".
- Attach your covered cotton ball to the wire using the floral tape.
- Wrap your yellow fringe around the cotton ball using the floral tape for the inner layer.
- Lastly, wrap your fuchsia fringe for the outer layer using floral tape.
- Heat the wax in a saucepan, dip the whole flower in the wax and hang to dry, this takes just a few minutes.
- Fill your terra cotta pot 3/4 of the way up with sand.
- Fill the remaining 1/4 with soil.
- Place your flowers in the soil/sand layers hiding their wire stems.
- Once all of your flowers are arranged, add your pebbles or stones to the top of the soil to keep everything in place.
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