peony: a type of plant with large pink, red or white flowers named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing
Can you imagine this beauty being used to relieve headaches and help with asthma as it was in ancient times?
From the time a peony is a tight little bud
attracting ants with the nectar that forms on the flowers
until it drops its petals in a snowy mound, it is a thing of beauty.
Who can bear to leave them outside to be weighted by rain and buffeted by wind
when inside, blossoms, alone or clustered, can brighten a room
or add color and texture uniquely their own.
No wonder peonies are a favorite for so many people, and I am no exception. Having them in my own back yard, at least in Maine, is a special treat and I savor each blossom from bud to finish during its short blooming period. Not only do I relish a peony’s incredible beauty, I’ve even learned to pronounce pe-e-ny rather than pe-o-ny as my great grandmother used to say!
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