I followed the recommendations for timing my peony order (arrived Wednesday for Saturday event), but they still didn't have enough time to open, even though I used the warm water, lamp techniques suggested. Some of them were also rotten - browning from the inside out - which was disappointing. The few that did open, however, were beautiful and fragrant and I was able to use the semi-closed buds to add color and texture to some of the arrangements so it didn't end up being a problem. The Variegated Ivy was nice, but not quite as full as the picture. It would be helpful to post a picture of a single strand - I realized too late that I should have ordered more. All of that being said, I would order from Whole Blossoms again and have been a repeat customer over the years. Thanks for this opportunity to provide feedback!