Red Cloud Peony / Pivoine Nuage Rouge
Stanislaus Draber stated unequivocally: the peony is a girl’s favorite flower. But it is also manlier than one expects, and always has been.
Certainly, the peony season is to the flower calendar what the spring cruise collection is to fashion; a short, sweet and terribly awaited pre summer rendezvous. Six weeks, at its most, of intense girlish desire, pink coral optimism and cream.
Quite naturally, each year the peony is met with equal and simultaneous enthusiasm as the first precociously under-clad evenings of May. Girls spend those same weeks hoping to be offered the magnificent bloom, or lent a pull over, as one sits in the setting sun sipping the first glasses of rosé, shivering in a bit-too-summer-y-dress.
Yet little did we know, that just as the Rose is the ultimate emblem of femininity in western cultures, the peony is the symbol of masculinity for our Eastern counterparts.
It is known as ‘the flower of Richness and Honors’, suitable for celebrating the achievements of ambitious males, which may of course explain the adoring feminine consensus…
“There are 10 000 different significations for the Peony, but this one is for sure: it’s a girls best loved flower. It is a delightful, entrancing bloom. As soon as it’s in season, we hear ‘O! They are my favorite!’ all day long.”
Grown: By small, local producers in Britney, about 300 km North West of Paris.
Supplier: Rungis, but not always, we go and get a lot of our flowers directly from the producers. Without exception, all our flowers are French.
Price: 30 Euros a bunch
Longevity: A flower that has not been refrigerated will last 7 or 8 days, none of our flowers have.
Preparation: Simply remove the leaves at the base of the steams. Ideally keep then in a cool place out of direct sunlight, especially not behind a window, and change the water as soon as it goes cloudy.
Color: A Carmen red, not a straight red, almost raspberry in color. Unlike the plumper double peony which is the more common hybrid, the Nuage Rouge is a simple flower, slender as it opens, it is light and airy.
Scent: Although not strong, it has a distinctive smell, which is often compared to that of the lily of the valley.
Signification: Hardiness / Heaviness / bashful shame / anger, a frown to the west, masculinity / brightness / prosperity to the East.
Stanislas Draber / 19, rue Racine / 75006 Paris / 06 75 71 86 02