Friday, June 1, 2012

Peony, for good fortune

Visited Guldsmedsgårdens plantskola, a peony nursery, last weekend. A lovely little place to visit if you are interested in peonies. They have a wide variety of peonies that can be ordered online, ranging from a couple of hundreds kronor to more than a thousand, for Itoh Hybrid assortment.
Peonies have a very privileged place in the Chinese culture and significant meaning in feng shui art. It's often depicted in many calligraphy paintings, textile prints, porcelains, and if you fancy antiquity, a pair of 10.1cm in diameter famille rose peony bowls were auctioned off for more than $2.8 million at the Christie's.

Photo by the Christie's

Often praised for its compassion and nobility, the flower earned a very high status in the Chinese history and culture, so much so that it is sometimes known as the "King of flowers". The flower also carry special meanings in other cultures, and not the least to mention, the symbol for the 12th wedding anniversary.

For fortune and good luck, place an object with peonies like a flower pot at home, or simply a bouquet of fresh peonies, paired with orchid.
Photo by Bonnie Yap

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