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Guides for Cutting Flowers 

Download the guide on Cutting flowers to store for later use

Peonies in bloom are in full glory, but can be home to many ants.  While you can cut a beautiful flower and bring it in to enjoy, it is also possible to cut the stem just before the bud opens.  We call it the 'marshmallow stage'. If the top of the bud feels super soft like a marshmallow, you can cut the stem, pull off most of the foliage, and bring indoors. The bud should open within a day. ​

My dear friend and mentor Don Hollingsworth has given me permission to share his instructions on harvesting flowers for later use. Enjoy, you may access this resource by clicking the button below. Don has an incredible way with words. You can tell he's been giving instructions for many years with his recommendation of using the Sunday edition newspaper bag:)   A grocery sack also works well. 

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