Blushing Peonies

Peonies are in bud, very soon to open.
They do not last very long, so enjoy them.

when standing, she is like a a herbaceous peony
(shakuyaku)
when seated, she is like a peony (botan)
when walking, she is like a lily

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Peonies are blooming in my garden as well.

In China, tree peonies have been objects of aesthetic fascination since at least the Sui Dynasty (589-618 CE). Painters and poets have worked to capture the ephemeral beauty of the blossoms. Tree peonies are also used to evoke female nature, love, prosperity and status. To help lighten the cold, dark days of winter, we find ourselves returning to some of our favorite peony poems of Chinese antiquity. Enjoy!

Spring River Flowers Moon Night
The river is smooth and calm this evening,
The peony flowers bloom.
The moon floats on the current.
The tide carries the stars.
— Qian Qi (Tang Dyanasty)
 
You find a lot of nice peonie quotes and poems here:

Thank you Vicky for the really nice website. My peonies are blooming as well and they are one of my favourite flowers.

The Red Peony
Voluptuous green so leisurely and tranquil
and robe of red now light, now dark
heart of the flower sadness about to break
but how could we know this from such spring colors.
–Wang Wei (Tang Dynasty)

Peonies are opening up. They are a truly beautiful flower. Enjoy them while they last.

The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.

~Auguste Rodin

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