May 24, 2010
JOY, RICHNESS AND HONOR IN THE SPRING GARDEN
The peony is the symbol of joy, richness and honor in Chinese culture. It is known to live to be a hundred and is sometimes referred to as the century plant. It has been around since 1000 BCE . Wow, now that is a long time.
Peonies are also beloved subjects for many artist going back thousands of years to Japan, China and Korea . The peony was used on beautiful celadon pottery as well as ancient silk robes . The Chinese used almost every part for medicinal purposes ..
This morning as I was making my daily rounds in the garden I noticed that the first buds of my peony had opened so naturally I grabbed my camera and recorded it. I think the photo turned out well.
Given its longevity this is also a popular passalong plant that can tie many generations together. The peony has become a much-beloved perennial in gardens throughout America.
Written by Carolyngail at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago All rights reserved