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…
“When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter, will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.”, Madeleine M. Kunin” #ottawa #canada #ottawalife #ottawaspring #tulips #canadaexplore#wanderlust #otown
Ottawa, Spring 2018 “Washing the dust of daily life off our souls is the ultimate purpose of art.”
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. Spring is when life’s alive in everything.