Named after Paeon, Physician to the Gods, the first modern peony was groom widely in medieval England, especially in monastery gardens, although ancient peonies were said to come from China. Legend tells that mischievous nymphs hid in the petals of the peony causing this magnificent flower to be given the meaning of bashfulness. In eighth century China, the red peony was considered the King of Flower, symbolizing abundance, honor, nobility and wealth. It is said the first peony obtained the plant on Mount Olympus from the Mother of Apollo. (tuliptalks.com) While their growing season may be brief, nothing says springtime…
The eye of a human being is a microscope, which makes the world seem bigger than it really is.
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.”
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”