“The little boy nodded at the peony and the peony seemed to nod back. The little boy was neat, clean and pretty. The peony was unchaste, dishevelled as peonies must be, and at the height of its beauty.”
What’s Bred in the Bone ― Robertson Davies
“One of the most sensual flowers with a delicious scent, the peony has long been used in feng shui as a cure for love & romance. This especially applies to a couple of pink peonies.”
“Mischievous nymphs were said to hide in the petals of the Peony, giving it the meaning of Shame or Bashfulness in the Language of Flowers.”
“The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture and is one of the smallest living creature national emblems in China. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China, where the Paeonia suffruticosa is called 牡丹 (mǔdān). It is also known as 富贵花 (fùguìhuā) “flower of riches and honour” or 花王 (huawang) “king of the flowers”, and is used symbolically in Chinese art. In 1903, the Qing Dynasty declared the peony as the national flower.”
“The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower”
I think this image captures everything I enjoy about peonies except their scent.
A cloudy, rainy day as tropical storm Andrea works her way up the east coast. We bought some peonies to brighten the day. Have a good weekend.
We discovered that one of our peony stems blossomed overnight. Quite a lovely flower for Friday.
Thankful today for friends, family and loved ones, health and hope. Thankful also for nature’s bounty and the opportunity to admire it.
My partner had to talk me into purchasing this stem. I am so happy she did.