The beautiful and exquisite Peonies are a universal favorite. They are in season only fleetingly in Melbourne. These spring blooms are famous for their delicate, unique look, and pleasant scent. While most have a sweet fragrance, some of them give off a citrusy or an exotic spice aroma.
Named after Paeon, the term "peony" has its origins in Greek Mythology. Asclepius, the Greek God of medicine and healing, became jealous of his disciple Paeon. Zeus, the Greek God of sky and lightning, and the ruler of the Gods, turned him into the peony flower to save him from the wrath of Asclepius.
The vibrant flowers come in a rainbow of colors, except blue, but the most common ones are pink and white. Although there are 3000 varieties of peonies across thirty species, there are three basic types of peonies:-
1. Herbaceous Peonies
Commonly known as garden peonies, you can find herbaceous peonies in abundance, making them the most popular ones. They generally bloom for 7 to 10 days up to a length of 2-3 feet. Usually, they come in hues of red, white, and pink.
2. Tree Peonies
Tree peonies grow at a rather slow pace. They are woody perennial shrubs with a length of 7-8 feet. The most common colors for these flowers are white, pink, and pale yellow. Aside from these, you can find them in hues of violet, peach, and auburn.
3. Itoh Peonies
The hybrid of herbaceous and tree Peonies, these flowers can blossom for 3 to 4 weeks. Blooming with a tint of gold and vibrant yellow, Itoh Peonies are truly unique. Except for these colors, they also come in shades of deep purple, mahogany, and coral.
Eternally Aesthetic with a Profound Meaning
Undeniably gorgeous, peonies are known as the "king of flowers" in China with a fitting Chinese name, "Sho Yu" or "Most Beautiful". These flowers were cultivated in China 4000 years ago and were preserved for the imperial family for hundreds of years.
Peonies were believed to have medicinal properties in Medieval Europe. Additionally, according to Chinese legends, the blooms could relieve headaches, calm asthma symptoms, and alleviate the pain of childbirth with the peony-root being an old traditional remedy.
The 12th wedding anniversary flower symbolizes compassion, good fortune, prosperity, romance, and happy marriage. That the flowers bloom in Melbourne between late-October and mid-December- at the latest- which is the wedding season, seems divinely orchestrated. The ethereal beauty of peonies and their luscious petals combined with their sweet fragrance induces euphoria in brides. In addition to that, the exclusivity of the blooms and their versatility in a bouquet add to its appeal.
Celebrate the Glamorous Peonies
There are very few flowers that are as celebrated as Peonies, courtesy of its ancient, enchanting beauty. With a wide assortment of colors, its deep-rooted meaning, and appealing fragrance, it's never a bad idea to feature these flowers in a wedding or your home (except during the off-season). That being said, reap the benefits of its short blooming season in Melbourne by ordering peonies online.