Thursday, June 3, 2010

Peonies, Peonies, Peonies

It's wedding season and love is in the air. What is a great concern of the brides that will be walking down the aisle? Flowers. Whether it's the flowers that make up their bouquet, the flowers covering the pathway leading to their men-to-be, or the flowers arranged on the tables at the reception, couples spend serious time choosing the flowers that will adorn their ceremony of love. Many brides go for classically beautiful flowers, like roses, while some turn up their noses at the norm and choose crazy and fun arrangements. So which flower seems to be most popular at weddings, chosen across the board by almost all brides? Peonies. Because peonies are such loved and desired flowers for events, and especially for weddings, we decided we'd take the time to do some research and find out more
about the mystery behind what makes this flower so popular.

According to Greek myth, the peony flower is named after Paeon, who was the student of the Greek god of medicine and healing, Asclepius. As the story goes, the teacher became jealous of his student, so in order to save him from the wrath of Asclepius, Zeus changed Paeon into the peony flower.

Moving from myth to reality, peonies are native to Asia, southern Europe, and western North America. There are several different forms of peonies, but they all have at least five outer petals, called guard petals, and they come in just about every color but blue: ranges of pink, mauve, yellow, red, orange, white, and the list goes on.The peony has been used for centuries in ceremonies and has been prized by many cultures, even named the national emblem of China at one point. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I would say virtually all who behold this flower find it beautiful.

As a floral company, we are asked by several of our customers to include peonies in arrangements, especially weddings, and it is our delight to make gorgeous bouquets, etc. for the people who share our love for this flower. Below is a picture of a peony bouquet we made for one of our brides.

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