Day 98. Peonies

In November 2012 on November 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm

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?


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