Lovely! The peony (Paeonia) certainly brightens the world, doesn’t it? This lush bloom is named after Paeon, a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. When Asclepius became jealous of his pupil, Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of his teacher by turning him into the peony flower. Today peonies symbolize wealth and honour, and are considered to be omens of good fortune and happy marriages.
I wonder if my neighbours ever peek out their windows to watch me photograph their gardens? They probably just think I’m strange, but I secretly hope that maybe, just maybe, they are pleased that someone appreciates the beauty they have so carefully cultivated.