JoyTime Peonies

My dear Friends,

I bet nobody needs lovely stories or perfect sentences when there is such beauty:

Do you agree?

Now all my perfectly tailored thoughts and words are in my second book! So, excuse me and enjoy!

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There are new uploads every week!

Stay in tune!

Love you all,

Yours Dreamer

Blossoming Easter

My dear little Friends, Easter is approaching and this is the last week before a very important holiday that is celebrated this year at the same day by all Christians. Isn’t it great?

In Ukraine, last week before Easter is called Holy Week. This is a special week when people should find some harmony and peace with this world and with each other. No bad thoughts, no abusive language, no bad behavior, no alcohol, and etc. New beginnings come from endings, many people are able to draw a parable of their own lives and faith journey from the observances of Holy Week. We are given a chance to take a look around, to forgive and be forgiven, to experience the truth and honesty. Not even food restrictions are important as our souls purification.

The preparations for the Great Day are in full swing and many of you have a long to-do-lists. At this vanity of vanities I would like to come to your home as Easter Bunny and bring you some minutes of blossoming springtime I was lucky to observe during last weeks. Just click and relax:

“Easter is…
Joining in a birdsong,
Eying an early sunrise,
Smelling yellow daffodils,
Unbolting windows and doors,
Skipping through meadows,
Cuddling newborns,
Hoping, believing,
Reviving spent life,
Inhaling fresh air,
Sprinkling seeds along furrows,
Tracking in the mud.
Easter is the soul’s first taste of spring.”
Richelle E. Goodrich

Happy forthcoming Easter! May you be blessed and loved!

Love you all,

Yours Film Director

Goddess Peony

Which flower comes to your mind when you think of May? Huh…yep, right you are, peonies! Who can resist the attraction of fragrant peonies? Once you experience the delicious fragrances that vary from rose scented to hints of citrus you’ll want to include fragrant peonies in a bouquet to grace your table.  

Peony Goddess

Folklore mentions the flower which further links Peony to the moon. It is believed that this flower of sheer romance was created by the Goddess of moon to reflect the lustrous shimmer of the moon’s beam at night…or sunshine at day time. Peonies do not look at you, they usually turn their heads into opposite direction mostly to sun. They enjoy being under direct sunlight. These Goddesses cannot imagine their happy life without sun.

Peony in White

As usually I caught myself at being unaware of what kind of flower peony is? So, I had to look through some useful information, the most interesting I share with you.

Colorful Peony

Did you know that Peonies have been grown in China for thousands of years, though at first they were primarily revered not for their blooms, but for their medicinal purposes.  In traditional Chinese medicine, the bark of tree peonies and their roots used for cooling the blood and relieving both pain and infections. We can say that peonies are very regarded in China even nowadays. China does not have an “official” national flower, but the tree peony can be regarded as a national favorite. The tree peony received the most votes in an unofficial survey conducted in 1994 in every district in China asking people to select a national flower. Isn’t it impressive? And what about your country? Do you have a national flower, if not, then what kind of flower you can choose for your country? My country has a variety of national flowers, one of them is penwinkle. 

Enchanted Peony

You may notice that I like legends, every flower has its own legend and my Goddess Peony is not an exception. I found out that its legend connected to Greece. The Greek story goes that the Greek god of medicine Asclepius had a student named Paena. But, the student was actually better than the master, so the teacher because jealous of him. The story goes that Zeus actually had to save the student from the teacher’s wrath by turning him into a flower. I do not wonder, I saw many examples when students were smarter than teacher and usually nothing good happened. From my student’s life I recall such teachers who were not able to read correctly in English, so how could they teach us? It is a shame! Thanks to this story we know that Peonies are very smart girls, when you come along paths with peonies be careful and do not say anything stupid, they will recognize!

Bushes of Peonies

Marco Polo once described peonies as “roses, big as cabbages.” If you look close you may find the similarity to a cabbage or funny hairstyle, am I not right?

Peony as Cabbage

White peonies traditionally symbolize young girls who are distinguished mainly by their wit but also by their beauty.

White Peonies

Peony  is often understood as a positive influence for woman and man living harmoniously together.

It also symbolizes good fortune and happy marriages because the blossoms of the peony flower is round which symbolizes money. The generous look of the peony flower also represents fortune in romance thus it symbolize a happy marriage. Traditionally, couples that are celebrating their 12th wedding anniversary are given peonies as present.

Couple of Peonies

Another symbolic meaning of the peony flower is peace but only when the flower is in full bloom. As for the negative connotation of peony, it could mean indignation and put to shame.

Gentle Peonies

This flower brings some hidden positive emotion that fulfills your heart and your nose…I saw people who were walking among them; there were only happy and smiling faces. We live in a difficult world and difficult time, so lack of positive became critical. Peonies can save the world from problems at least for some valuable minutes…

Sunny Peonies

My dear Reader, I ask you to leave all your tasks, sit comfortable next to your computer and spend with my peonies several positive minutes, you will not regret, trust me! Let us enjoy this world of peonies which is so sparkling…

Sparkling Peony

In my country peonies are blooming almost in every garden and what about you, do you invite peonies to make your garden more beautiful? They are right on their way to you…

What's Inside

My little Goddesses wish you a positive and sunny weekend! Enjoy summer, enjoy life, enjoy peonies!

Fields of Tulips

Tulip's Steps

A new working week has just started and Friday seems a long way away. We all are a bit moody and sleepy. So, I would like to cheer you up and share with you some of my new photos.

Life in big cities is very hectic.  Everybody is in a hurry, traffic is awful, air is full of fumes. If you can find a park or just a land of nature, everything else disappears. You can hide here.

That’s what I exactly did.

Tulip's Pattern

I found my peace of mind between fields of tulips. Funny colorful flowers made me so relaxed.

Field of TulipsTheir beauty blinded me. They were so different and so gracious. Colors – so intense and sparkling.

I realized that you do not need to go to Holland to enjoy tulips. You can do it right here in the center of my Kiev.

Tulips in StripsThe only thing that frustrated me was a pretty strange behavior of some people. Girls were trying to place their slim buttocks in the center of flower beds while posing in front of cameras. Ok, I do get that they will look pretty among tulips, but what harm can be done to flowers.  What if everybody does like that, nothing will be left after. We have to follow some rules and we shall appreciate the work done.  So, please let’s enjoy this beauty with care!

Tulip's Glade

While looking at these gorgeous flowers, I found out that I don’t know much about them. So, I made a study.

The English word tulip is derived from a Persian word, delband, which means turban. They look exactly like turbans.

Tulip Girls

They actually originated in Central Asia, including Turkey, where the tulip is the national flower.

Tulip flowers are considered to be a symbol of perfect lovers, their passion, love, romanticism and dreaminess.

Couple

Tulips are used for making flower bouquets as well as other floral arrangements. In fact, they form an integral and important part of wedding decoration.

When I found out that Tulips are edible I was very surprised.
They add striking beauty, color, and fragrance to many dishes when creatively used. In the Dutch famine of 1944 , people often resorted to eating sugar beets and tulips. Can you imagine? But I know that when there is nothing to eat, you can eat almost everything. I just do hope that we shouldn’t chop this beauty to our salad. 

Lonely Girl
Tulips are like people, they need care and attention. They absorb love from us. They are opening their heads to sun in the same manner as people trying to catch the sunlight during warm spring days.
Hearts

Tulips are inspiring.  They inspire us to think about something very sweet…

In the Background
about something gentle and romantic!