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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  1. JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE!! and happy birthday full of peonies to you :) xxx

  2. Peonies are right up there with the Roses!! Your peonies are beautiful!

  3. These are really beautiful peonies.
    I have 5 minutes to give thanks for the life, for my friends, for nice people like you.


  4. Natasha, I just adore peonies! And here in America they are long gone. What an unexpected and beautiful treat! Just as your weather is getting hot, we are chilly and running to put on sweaters! I love spring.... thanks for sharing yours!

  5. Gorgeous...love them. Too hot here so none for me.

  6. Your peonies are just gorgeous, Natasha!! How lucky you are to be enjoying them now!! They dry quite nicely, too!

    Hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying your spring!


  7. Hi Natasha. This post brought a little tear to my eye. You see today is my daughter's 7th birthday, my first born. On the day she was born my Mum and sister visited me and my baby girl in hospital and brought me the most beautiful bunch of pink peonies I've ever seen. Every time I see one or hear the name, peonies, I think of that day and the day my daughter was born. It was 3:32pm today that she came in our lives and we are so thankful for that. I hope you have a lovely birthday this week!

    Anne xx

  8. I love peonies! Yours are beautiful! Love the pink color. Thanks for sharing:)

  9. Oh Natasha, can't tell you how I love peonies. They look wonderful.
    And such a charming story behind it.

    You know, they particularly look good in aqua jars. :) We dont get peonies here so I settled for pink roses instead.

  10. Great !!! pionies.......o my...seize the day darling......xxx..

  11. They are the most beautiful flowers, so breathtaking! And your post taught me a lot of things about them. Thank you! I am so pleased to find out that we share a birthday month! Let's have the bestest, most fabulous time this month, agreed?

  12. I love peonies. We once stayed at a winery/peony farm outside Christchurch (NZ). Good combination huh?
    Cheers Kylie x

  13. They are a most beautiful flower, so elegant and romantic. Enjoyed reading all of those facts about Peonies also Natasha. A lovely post, as always :o) xo

  14. Peonies are a beautiful flower and perfect for your birthday month! I hope you have a wonderful day on your birthday and maybe you will receive some more peonies? ;-)

  15. I love the quote at the end, and you are right, peonies are such beautiful flowers. That delicate shade of pink is simply lovely. Beautiful photos for us today, Natasha - as always!

  16. As we are all hunkering down & the flowers are dead it is god to know you have lots of beauty over there! Love from your very jealous fiend ;)

  17. I adore them too but think that it is going to be a while before we see them again in SW France.

    Leeann x

  18. I so wish Peonies flourished in the Desert, they are among my favorite Flowers!

    Dawn... The Bohemian

  19. I love Peonies too, they bloom in May here in Kansas (United States). They smell delightful! I've always thought they were an underappreciated flower. Thank you for posting the lovely pictures.
    Blessings to you,

  20. Oh, Natasha, I LOVE peonies, too! I can't imagine having them around during the holidays. That would be so beautiful! Please do enjoy them for me -- and I'll do the same for you next Spring here!

  21. Beautiful post! I just love peonies. :)

  22. Love the season! Happy birthday.

  23. Beautiful! They're my favorite too! :)

  24. Hi Natasha,

    I have to say one of my favourite flowers, they have so much detail in them and very pretty. Mimi xx

  25. beautiful flowers love how you cherish the small things hugs

  26. HAPPY, HAPPY 40th Birthday Natasha! Your day, your cake, everything looked GREAT! I just turned 40 as well, isn't it truly FABULOUS!?

  27. I just love peonies - these are my favourite flowers ...so pretty & delicate.
    Melissah from Scrapbook



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