Pretty Powerful Peonies

The peony is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil and Zeus, as a last resource, transformed Paeon into the peony flower to save him from the wrath of Asclepius. 

Peonies are full of history and symbolism. In China, they’re considered the flower of riches and honour, the King of all flowers. In Japan it’s also called the King of flowers and used to treat various medical ailments, even convulsions. In Europe the seeds were used for medical treatments, and great care had to be taken when picking the seeds because if you were seen by a woodpecker during this act, the bird would peck out your eyes.

In our family, the peony ranks highly. My mother’s favourite flower, they were also adored by my grandmother who was careful to protect their bulbs during the winter so they’d re-flower every year.

These are the ones I found this year.











About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.


  1. Clyo

    Non sono sicura di avere una peonia in Italia. Ho una pianta a fusto allungato che scompare in inverno e fa boccioli tondi come una pallina in primavera, color bordeaux/rosa screziati di bianco se non ricordo male. Di sicuro non l’ho piantata io, altrimenti la riconoscerei!


  2. Clyo

    Don’t worry! Ho visto praticamente gli stessi fiori venduti a mazzi oggi al supermercato ed erano peonie 😉


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