Peonies - "flower of riches and honour".
It's hard not to love peonies. The size of the flower, the plentitude of petals and the fragrance makes them irresistable. The name peonycomes from the Greek Paeon or Paean. Apperently he was a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.
I have three different kinds of peonies in my garden. They have all been here a long time, befor I came here, so I don't know their names. But I do enjoy them every year when they do appear in early summer. Here are some of the peonies in my garden for you to enjoy! No wonder the Chinese call them the "flower of riches and honour".