Mamma Mia! – Easy Peony Arrangement

with Olive and Emile

Dreaming of an escape to a Greek island? A warm tickling breeze on your skin while you drink wine and watch the sunset over the olive groves? Cue collective sigh. With reality looking more like staycations for the foreseeable future (here we go again!), let us take you there instead.

We’re pairing sprigs of wildflower-y emile and leggy olive foliage with the queen of flowers – peonies – this week. Keep your stems of olive and emile long and airy but cluster your peonies short for a full on burst of petals when they bloom.

Remember – peonies are glorious but short lived! Once they have given up their gorgeous rosy scent and zillions of petals, your emile and olive can live on. Pop your stems in glass or ceramic and up against a white wall for effortless chic that will whisk you a million miles away.

Peonies: These peonies are a highly sought after classic, and the variety you usually picture when you think peonies! Their big ruffly petals in bloom resemble old fashioned roses, and they back that up with delicious rosy scent. You’ll receive them in what we like to call “marshmallow” stage, soft buds that will open into big showy blooms in just a day or two!  They don’t last for super long, but the experience is one to treasure, so try to be around to watch them open! When it comes to styling, keep your buds at different heights so they don’t crowd each other out when they bloom.

Olive: Olive’s narrow leaves and elegant stems are so evocative of rustic country escape, and just beautiful used in tall lengths, peeping out of your blooms.

Emile: A low maintenance flower? Count us in. This spriggy wildflower is bohemian perfection with branch after branch of tiny dense lilacy booms that are so easy to style and last forever. Grown in shades of purple but also sometimes available in whites, creams and yellow. A little goes a long way.

Easy Peony Flower Arrangement Tutorial



Easy Peony Flower Arrangement Flower and Foliage you'll need

Here’s what you’ll need.

  • 3 peonies

  • 2 stems of an interesting foliage, like seeded gum or olive

  • 2-3 stems of misty emile

  • clean glass vase

  • sharp scissors or flower shears


About the Author:

Philomena is the founder of Bloombox Co, occasional hatmaker and pickle aficionado. She lives in Melbourne where she works to get locally grown flowers into homes and businesses.