My co worker has beautiful Peonies in her garden. Last week she brought in a bouquet of them for our office. I was not sure if the pictures would turn out since I used the camera on my cell phone, and so was pleased with the results. I also searched the internet on a little bit of history on this beautiful and elegant flower and this is only a sampling of what I found listed:
Peony ~ The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.
The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture and is also known as “flower of riches and honor,” and is used symbolically in Chinese art. In 1903, the Qing Dynasty declared the peony as the national flower.
In 1957, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law to make the peony the state flower of Indiana, a title which it holds to this day. It replaced the zinnia, which had been the state flower since 1931.
Mischievous nymphs were said to hide in the petals of the Peony, giving it the meaning of Shame or Bashfulness in the Language of Flowers.
Take a quick look, and maybe, just maybe we can find a mischievous nymph!