Yesterday my family and I attended the wedding of my cousin.
Set at an Adelaide Hills winery, we enjoyed sparkling pinot surrounded by sunshine, happiness and vines.
The floral arrangements were simply stunning: the photo here is of the display on my table, and shows an orchid-filled vase topped with greenery, roses and enormous peonies.
The peonies were so wonderful I felt compelled to find out a little more a about them.
Nurseries Online tells me:
The peony or paeony ( Paeonia ) is a deciduous plant native to Asia, Europe and North America. They prefer sun to part shade in a well drained soil rich in humus.
Once established peony are a hardy plant, keep moist during summer and fertilise in spring. Herbaceous peony are from 0.5-1.5 metres tall, but the taller woody variety can reach up to 3 metres.
Peonies have been used in Chinese medicine for a multitude of ailments, as described by WebMD, apparently by “blocking chemicals produced by the body that can cause muscle cramps”. Wonder if they would help a hangover?