May 21, 2007

The Height of the Peony Season

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I have a deep love for the peony. 13 years ago when my husband and I were planning our wedding we chose May 28th as our big day so I could carry a bouquet of beautiful Sarah Bernhardt peonies down the aisle (pictured here). I know many people share my admiration for this amazing flower.

In the feung-shui practice the peony flower is a traditional symbol of conjugal bliss and is used to enhance love aspirations. In ancient European times the peony was held in high esteem as a medicinal plant. In Greek mythology Paian, the physician of the Greek gods, gave the plant its name; with peony roots he healed Hades, god of the underworld, who had been wounded by Heracles.

This is the height of the peony season. So stop by a florist or a garden near you and marvel at the beauty of the celebrated peony.

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