Tuesday, November 03, 2009
P is for Peony
A spectacular flowering plant, native to Asia, southern Europe and western North America but cherished wherever they can be grown.
The Peony is named after Pacon, a student of Aesculapius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Aesculapius became jealous of his pupil, but Zeus saved Pacon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower. (Wikipedia)
The photo above is called Candy Cane and is from a Peony Tree that is just starting to flourish and bloom in our new garden.
In our Old Lost Garden the Peony Tree was about twenty-five years old, and the blooms were magnificent for about a week, but then faded and the ground around the tree was covered with wine coloured petals.
This lovely Oriental Poppy below accompanied us to our new home and blooms along with some wild buttercups that were transplanted with it originally from #2 son's garden.
This is a delicate white peony with a pretty blush that is just establishing itself in the new garden.
Along with the plum blossom the Peony is a traditional floral symbol of Mongolia. It is known as the 'flower of riches and honour,' and is used symbolically in Chinese art.
How can one help but love a flower that is as appealing as this....
For more interesting P's visit ABC Wednesday here with thanks to Mrs. Nesbitt