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Updated: May 18, 2022

Whether as buds or fully open heads, peonies for sure make the statements in the arrangements.

While biking around the neighbourhood I noticed so many peonies already blooming.

I have a few bushes in my small garden. Last year something happened to the white one, it didn’t bloom. So this spring I blessed every bud, and today at lunchtime I spotted the first one in full bloom! It was a breathtaking experience for me. Thank you, God, the Father, for the beauty of Your creation. I can see Your glory hidden in the shape, colour, smell, texture... of plants.

Facts about peonies:

  • In the wilderness, peonies grew in Asia Minor, Europe, and some parts of North America.

  • Wild peonies were discovered by Marco Polo.

  • The peony means "the most beautiful flower" in Chinese and it is the official symbol of China.

  • The most magnificent varieties of peonies were bred by the Chinese for over 1500 years.

  • Ants love their nectar, so sometimes the buds look like moving black balls.

  • Peony petals are edible.

  • Peonies are the most loved & wanted flowers in the bride’s bouquet.

  • They are considered a symbol of happiness, harmony and fidelity in marriage.

  • There is one variety of medicinal peony.

  • It has diuretic, diastolic and sedative properties.

  • Medicinal peony heals with both its root and flowers.

  • Both parts of this royal flower are rich in flavonoids, anthocyanin (peonin), phenolic acids, tannins, alkaloids and starch, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron and chromium.

  • They have a positive effect on the heart and their antibacterial and antifungal properties heal skin problems.

  • Peony was believed to heal headaches, asthma, and epilepsy.

  • But! There is also plenty of info about the toxicity of the plant as well! Be careful, then.

Wow! So much in such a beautiful plant.

Putting all their attention on the gorgeous blooms people miss the beauty of the plant's leaves. They spread around like umbrellas on sturdy stems creating a natural round shape.

It is June. Enjoy God’s gifts in your gardens or your neighbours, too. Take photos and share them. Or maybe, if you can, give a stem to someone as a message of love.

Have a blessed springtime!

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