Peony power

February 13, 2017

peony-powerCould this be any prettier? I’m going to have one of these in my house at all times. This entire post is about peonies, so rest your eyes a while, and your mind, too, on these gorgeous blooms.

Did you know the peony is the official floral symbol of China? It’s deeply connected to royalty and honor. China’s been taking a more forward role in recent years, so maybe that’s why peonies seem to be everywhere. And I’m glad they are. I think we all respond to their delicate beauty and how they’re feminine, like a rose, only more complex, with their delicate, crimped petals. I almost swoon when I see a bloom.
peony powerThey are omens of good fortune and a happy marriage. This multi-colored bouquet makes me want to be a young bride again. If you’re celebrating your 12th anniversary, this is the flower to give.


This salmony color is different but the flower is still lush and romantic in this color.  Lucky Indiana: the peony is its state flower.

peony-powerI love these fraternal twin blooms.  The flower is symbolic of riches and honor.

peony-powerThe white is stunning. Romantic, indeed.

I don’t look like I’m girly, but I am. I’d probably put more pale pink in this bouquet than the hotter tone.

peony-powerTalk about girly–peonies and roses define the term. But I read that peonies have a message:  That we should always be aware of how our actions reflect on ourselves and others, and that we must always strive to act honorably and respectfully. We should never be afraid to apologize if we make a mistake. And finally, the peony tells us to share our love with others to help improve their lives, too.  And that’s a message we can all buy into.

Just putting this post together inspired me to buy more peonies. They’re in season here late April to early June (I’ll be away most of May, sadly, so here’s hoping it’s an extended season!)

And maybe this gives you an idea for Valentine’s Day. Tomorrow. Just sayin’.


45 comments on “Peony power
  1. Megs says:

    These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing ..I’ll have to add some of these beauties to my home. Happy Monday, from the OvertheMoon linkup!

  2. Kat says:

    They are absolutely beautiful. I didn’t know that peonies are so important in Chinese culture. You’ve chosen really nice pictures to that post:)

  3. Amber Myers says:

    These are so gorgeous! I love all the different colors. I need to get some for the house!

  4. I love peonies Carol and these pics are just gorgeous (loved the meaning you put to them too) and I had to pin a few as well!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Peonies are beautiful and so are your pictures. The flower of Indiana? hmmmm

  6. GiGi Eats says:

    What stunning flowers!

  7. Helen Vella says:

    These are so beautiful and your images really show them off well.

  8. Rocio says:

    These are one of my favorite flowers. They just give so much life to a room. Thanks for sharing! xx

  9. Frances D says:

    I am a huge fan of peonies myself – loved your perfect mix of photos and word. Waving at you from a snowy Cape Cod. And Happy Valentine’s Day.

  10. Haralee says:

    Peonies are so pretty, as are your photos. I don’t have any in my garden but many of my neighbors do. One neighbor has their entire yard in peonies and sells them for .25 a stem. I always buy!

  11. HeleNe cohen bludman says:

    I adore these flowers. I can’t even decide which color I like the best.

  12. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous! They make me think of my beloved mother in law. I miss her so much. She called them Pineys.

    • Keriann McKenna says:

      My grandmother’s yard was filled with them and she called them pineys too.I used to get squeamish about the ants crawling on the buds, but my grandfather told me they ate the sticky stuff and allowed the flowers to bloom.

  13. I love peonies they are my favorite flower. I even wear the scent for perfume. It’s not overwhelming (which triggers migraines). Love the pics.

  14. Cyn says:

    Beautiful post of beautiful flowers that once upon a time, when I had a garden, grew in abundance bringing joy to many. Thank you! I love that peonies can live for a hundred years.
    Happy Valentine’s Day ❤

  15. Jo says:

    I’ll be honest, I’m not normally a flowers person but I’m really drawn to these. Especially the dusty pink ones, they’re gorgeous 🙂

  16. Alice Gerard says:

    The peonies are beautiful. I can hardly wait for them to grow each year. Thank you for the wonderful photographs of peonies in February. They brightened a very gray day.

  17. sue says:

    How gorgeous Carol! I’m sitting here at 5am and opened your post to be transported into the beautiful world of Peonies. Looking at your images brought warmth to me and a desire to go and buy some. They are just so pretty. Thanks for a beautiful start to the day.

  18. They make me think of my mother as they were her favorites and she grew white and pink ones. Lovely, Carol.

  19. Laurie Stone says:

    Loved this and so needed these pictures in cold, frigid Connecticut. Thank you.

  20. Mary Lovstad says:

    Peonies are gorgeous and the smell is so wonderful — thanks for the spring inspirations!

  21. They really are lovely to look at, aren’t they? I love the bright colors, and so much variation!

  22. We have some peonies that grow every year around our back porch, all white. We love them except for that they attract ants! They are an amazing plant though and very detailed and delicate too!

  23. Barbara says:

    One of my very favorite flowers ever! They don’t stay in bloom long but, they are stunning and so fragrant in bloom. I used to love adding them to bouquets when I did floral arrangements and especially Bridal bouquets! Any bride who wants them needs to make sure they choose the right time of year, May/June, to marry.
    Thanks for the eye candy!

  24. Stacey says:

    I had tons of peonies in my last garden. They are so fragrant and yes, as you said, girlie. But they are also strong and make a statement in a bouquet or next to roses… they hold their own.

  25. Beautiful pictures and I am loving the Chinese back story about peonies. I just attended a Chinese New Year event and now that I look at some of my pictures I see peonies mixed in with oranges as table settings. So beautiful!

  26. I had no idea that peonies are the official symbol of China. I always thought that they were beautiful and majestic x

  27. mira pstr says:

    I just moved to my new house and I need more vases , spring is coming I will try to put those beautiful flower that you showed in every corner of My house 🙂 thanks for hsaring

  28. Wow, those are gorgeous! I never knew most of this, and just looking at the photos made me happy!

  29. Love peonies. I had white and pink ones in the yard of the first house I bought when i was single, and they bloomed each year around my birthday in June. Ahh….

  30. Kelly Reci says:

    they are so stunning! so lovely! i wish i have one right now lol. the photography is just so fine, very professional!

  31. Elizabeth O. says:

    I’ve never known this much about Peonies! I think they’re lovely flowers and they’re definitely something that you’ll love to see everyday. Just look at how pretty each one is, regardless of the color. They are delicate and pure!

  32. Ellen Dolgen says:

    I think peonies are gorgeous! They are delicate, though. I learned so much about this flower. I always knew I adored them, but I didn’t know that they were omens of good fortune and marriage.

  33. Alex says:

    Absolutely beautiful pictures. <3 Peonies

  34. Silly Mummy says:

    They’re so pretty! & lovely colours!

  35. Margaretha says:

    I am very lucky to have a couple of these in my garden, both pink. Only thing I regret is that the season is so very short. Your post makes me look forward to spring!

  36. This was a really culture fact for me. The flowers are beautiful with its unique color.The white peony is absolutely stunning and looks pure and ethereal. The message sometimes nature bring is inspiring.

  37. Anna Palmer says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. In Vermont we had loads of peonies. The plants thrilled me with how much garden dirt they turned into lush leaves. Then I watched the buds and the ants. The bouquets are the best though. They are my favorite. Except possibly ranunculas (spelling?)

  38. Christina says:

    I love peonies! We planted two last year when we redid our front gardens, but they didn’t bloom. Hopefully they will this year!

  39. I love peonies, too! I saw a lot of them in South Korea and the blooms were gorgeous!

  40. Alex says:

    I absolutely love peonies. I wanted to use them for my wedding, but they were too expensive and not in season. We used different colors of roses instead, and it was perfect anyway. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos!

  41. These peonies are to die for!! I love that it brings out the spring in me 🙂

  42. Lisa Rios says:

    My goodness, I am in love with those adorable peonies right away. Some beautiful colors that could easily light up a room in no time with their presence. I would love to add few to my main hall & bedroom!

  43. Very beautiful! Loved the colors. Thanks for joining Bloggers Pit Stop

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