Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Beautiful Peonies

Today I am thankful for so many things but I am especially thankful for the month of November!

November is a great month! I love it because it is not too hot, it is when I start decorating for Christmas, it is when I celebrate my birthday and it is the month where, for a very brief time, Peonies flourish!

Beautiful Peonies, Natasha in Oz, Peony image

I love peonies and always look forward to bringing home the first blooms of the season every November.

Beautiful Peonies, Natasha in Oz, pink peony

Peonies are native to Asia, southern Europe and western North America.

Beautiful Peonies, Natasha in Oz, peony bud

The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.

Beautiful Peonies, Natasha in Oz, peony image

The peony is a national emblem in China. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China, where the Paeonia suffruticosa is called 牡丹 (mǔdān). It is also used symbolically in Chinese art.

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I am so happy that Peony season has finally arrived here in Australia!

Beautiful Peonies, Natasha in Oz

Since there are quite a few buds in this bunch I think I will be enjoying the beauty of these peonies for at least two weeks!

Beautiful Peonies, Natasha in Oz

Beautiful Peonies, Natasha in Oz, peony

Oh how I love peonies!

Beautiful Peonies, Natasha in Oz

Thank you so much for visiting me today and for spending time with me today. I hope your Wednesday is wonderful and that the rest of your week is fabulous!

Don't forget to try and find some time every day to give thanks for your loved ones, your friends, the things that make your heart sing or the things that simply make you smile.

Blessings and best wishes always,
Natasha In Oz 
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