The peony a wonderful flower which blossoms in May. A marvel that always leaves me speechless.

The variety of peony named Sarah Bernhardt, pastel pink with some red streaks in the petals, it is a real splendor. The metamorphosis of this flower is charming: from round and very compact bud turns into a flower so full of petals.

If you sink your face, the flower caresses you with its sweetness, the freshness, and delicacy of its petals.

“Fallen flower / Resists the image / Of the peony” 
HAIKU, Yosa Buson

The simple-flowered peonies open with daylight and then close with the nightfall. The Sarah Bernhardt peony belongs to the herbaceous plant species, already known in ancient Greece for its medical properties. It comes from China where it is called the queen of flowers and has been the object of a true cult since ancient times. The Qing dynasty in 1903 declared it the national flower. It is one of the dew flowers that are part of the Yang principle according to which the peony transmits harmony and balance within a couple. The Feng Shui suggests inserting a painting with painted peonies in the bedroom for the beneficial influence that they exercise in the search for a faithful and loving companion. The eastern meaning of the peony linked to the life force, joy and fertility, energetic elements that stimulate us to face life with strength is wonderful. Even in Japan, the peony played a very important role so much as to inspire the splendid haiku poems of Buson Yosa and Issa Kobayashi.

In the language of flowers, the peony is associated with modesty and shyness because the mythological creatures used to hide among their wide petals.

Peony roots have always been used in traditional Chinese medicine, then Japanese, to alleviate the symptoms of various diseases. Peony seeds, on the other hand, were ingested whole to relieve stomach pains, while the petals were dried to prepare a cough infusion.

In China, the legend of Empress Wu Zetian is told, who asked the palace gardeners to be able to admire the peonies in her gardens, even though they were covered with snow. When the empress realized that her desire could not be fulfilled, she ordered anger from the anger that all the peonies be burned, but they resisted the mess and for this, they are called “eternal flowers”.


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