We are in the throes of magical, marvelous, heady luscious Peony season here in Portland, from the flower market to the farmer’s markets you can spot buckets of these ball shaped beauties *exploding* in to fragrant bloom.
I have always enjoyed them, but I have to admit, this season I am obsessed.
I feel like a kid with my allowance at flower market pulling my last dollars together to get *one more bunch* and when I get to the shop Shannon and I ooh, coo and awe at their splendor…I’m surprised they make it to the cart.It fills me with a bit of an ache knowing the season is already coming to an end with the early blooming colors in their last days.
It is believed that Peony is named after Paeon (also known as Paean), the healing deity who healed Hades’ and Ares’ wounds.
Paeon was a student of Asclepius son of Apollo and Coronis and the god of medicine and healing.
The myth of Paeon’s transformation in to the Peony is rooted in jealousy and spite. Leto (Apollo’s mother and goddess of fertility) knowing of Paeon’s gift for healing called on him to obtain a magical root growing on Mount Olympus that would soothe the pain of women in childbirth.
Asclepius, jealous of his healing abilities and his being given this charge ( after all, Leto was Asclepius’ grandmother) threatened to kill his pupil so, to save him from the wrath of Asclepius Zeus transformed Paeon into the Peony flower.
(Oh those gods and their jealousies! There’s a whole garden’s worth of transformed nymphs and mortals!)
Because of this the Peony has always had an association with “healing” and in magical purposes has always had a close association with cleansing by bringing freshness and healing to the emotions and physical body by removing old blocks,old patterns, and challenging attachments
If you are in a period of change you might try keeping a bouquet of peonies near your bed or desk or adding Peony blossoms to your bath.
I have been having a wonderful time designing with them this year and have knocked myself out a couple of times with the lush,romantic textures they have added to my designs.
If you could hear me at market ooh-ing and coo-ing over their pretty faces and yelling “OH! look at her!” you would probably think I was a little (read : lot of ) crazy!
Oh such a sweet and fleeting season, how lucky I am to get to design with beautiful blossoms from local farmers!
We’ve only got a few weeks left ( bring on the dahlias!) so place your orders today and we’ll build you something bewitching.
Your Floriographer- Miss Nico