Hello from your favorite, Anoka, flower shop! We are super busy this week with wedding and funeral arrangements. It makes the time go fast though–and, when you’re at work, that’s not always a bad thing. 🙂 At home, we are knee deep with the yard work, and in the garden. Thankfully, the days are a bit longer when it comes to squeezing all that stuff in though. What’s keeping you busy lately? On our Facebook page, we love seeing pics of what’s blooming around your yard, by the way. We, typically put up a post on Sunday night, or Monday, asking you to share any photos you want to show off. We’ll be back up, and running, with that this weekend–so, if you’re photographing things around your yard, or neighborhood, this weekend, keep your eye open for our post. (Or, just share on our wall at anytime. We always love to see.)
Anyway, today, since they’ve been blooming in the yard, and they’ve been around the shop, frequently, lately–we thought we talk Peonies! They’re a feminine, frilly, flower that is always popular. They also have a pretty rich history–which is what we’re here to talk about today. (We’re fascinated with flower trivia, facts and history. We’re total nerds like that.)
-Peonies are the floral symbol of China; they even have an annual celebration to honor the flowers. The Luoyang Peony Festival brings in tourists, and peony enthusiasts from all around the world.
-The Chinese name for the peony is sho yu, meaning “most beautiful”.
-The Peony is Indiana’s state flower.
-Peonies are a popular wedding arrangement flower due to the fact that they symbolize wealth, honor, romance, love, good fortune and a happy marriage. They are also the 12th anniversary flower. (Which, if you put Peonies in your wedding bouquet, you’ll probably make it there–in theory anyway.)
-Peony plants can live a hundred years.
-They come in every color except for blue. Pink, and white, are the most popular colors, though.
-Marco Polo described Peonies, when he first saw them, as: ‘Roses as big as cabbages.’ (Which is pretty accurate since they can grow to be ten inches wide.)
-Peonies, a long time ago, were believed to help with asthma and cure headaches.
-They grow, natively, in Asia, Southern Europe in the western USA.