Lovely Peonies

Chic & Country - - In Bloom -

Peonies are named af­ter the Greek myth­i­cal fig­ure Paeon (who was doc­tor to the gods) lead­ing Pliny the Elder, writ­ing in around 79AD in his book ‘Nat­u­ral His­tory’, to de­scribe them as “the most an­cient plant of all”. They are one of the most ver­sa­tile plants too, with the seeds be­ing used as a spice in meat dishes whilst the roots have been used for medic­i­nal pur­poses. It has been noted that they are sym­bolic of fi­nan­cial pros­per­ity and are given as to­kens of good luck. They can over­power a bou­quet, and so of­ten are used in mod­er­a­tion, as in this sum­mer bou­quet, but they are so in­tri­cate and beau­ti­ful that they of­ten steal the show. Whilst there are over 3,000 va­ri­eties of peonies they can be split into dif­fer­ent types - the sin­gle, the Ja­panese/anemone, the semi-dou­ble, the dou­ble and the bomb. The lat­ter two are distin­guished by the mul­ti­ple pe­tals that seem to keep on open­ing un­til you of­ten have a real ball of pe­tals on your hands with the mid­dle ‘crown’ cov­ered up com­pletely. These of­ten over­shadow other flow­ers in a bou­quet and so it is of­ten the case that semi-dou­bles are used - these have a num­ber of dif­fer­ent rows of pe­tals but re­tain the cen­tre which is of­ten a bright yel­low (as here). They are guar­an­teed to make your bou­quet ex­tra spe­cial!

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