The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing.
My peonies are growing like crazy this year! I received a peony plant for my birthday two years ago from one of my most dear friends in the whole wide world. Little did I know that this plant would make me smile every morning. The first thing I do in the morning when I wake up is look out the blinds of my bedroom window to see how big my peonies grew overnight, like they do that or something?!?! But it never failed, every single morning I would look. I would also go outside as soon as I got home from work to look at my peony plant. What started out as one lonely little plant, became two. How? No clue. Lucky? Perhaps, but I personally think God played a special role in it. Why you ask? Because He sees how happy this flower makes me and because peonies are simply not known for seeding. I find it no coincidence, especially after all that I have been through, that this flower is named after medicine and healing. Ironic? Not so much. God makes no mistakes.
Thank you dear friend of mine, for one of the most precious gifts I have ever received. Even better...it's the gift that keeps on giving ;)
Now watch in amazement how my peonies grow...overnight.
They are the most beautiful flower I have ever seen. Dontcha think? I ended up with 61 buds on my plants this year!
When we move I do plan on digging my peonies up and taking them with me, however, during my research of peonies I found this interesting fact..."Once planted the Peony likes to be left alone and punishes those who try to move it by not flowering again for several years." Hmm, this plant isn't stubborn at all! And it by no means resembles its owner. Not even a little bit!
"We have an unspoken tie with the natural world; the way it affects our emotions and our senses is a truly wonderful gift."