I had a dinner party last night and one of the girls bought me a beautiful bunch of Peonies so thought I would take a picture of one. I may try some more shots later as they are such beautiful flowers.
The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), 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.
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