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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
White peonies traditionally symbolize young girls who are distinguished mainly by their wit but also by their beauty.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
My little Goddesses wish you a positive and sunny weekend! Enjoy summer, enjoy life, enjoy peonies!