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Emperor Among Flowers by seeya

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Paintings and literature suggest that the tree peony has been associated with Chinese culture for over 3,000 years. Tree peonies became fashionable during the Tang (618-907) and Song Dynasty (960-1279). As the fashion for tree peonies grew, the hearty, wild ones growing in the hills around Tang’s capital Changan (today’s Xian), found their way into the Imperial Garden. Methods to select new and better plants from seedlings and grafting were developed, which led to the ability to mass reproduce the best specimens by grafting cuttings.

Empress Wu Ze Tian sent all tree peony plants to Luo Yang (considered frontier at that time) for not blooming according to her wishes. Tree peonies settled in Luo Yang and further flourished. A champion tree peony plant was worth its weight in gold, similar to the price of tulip bulbs in the Netherlands during the early 1600s.

Generally the Tree Peony symbolized affluence and authority therefore becoming known as the emperor among flowers.

The flowers are quite large, around 6" – 8" in diameter and are usually in shades of white, yellow, pink and lavender.

(taken in part from Tree Peony Garden)

Alden Lane Nursery
Liveremore, CA
San Francisco Bay Area

Nikon D3200 f/5 1/60 ISO-560 42mm

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  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 1 year ago

    Beats a poke in the eye with a wet fish anyday Sandy :o) xx

  • Ah, but you could eat the fish (as long as it isn’t ceramic) even with a sore eye:))) Sandy

    – seeya

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 1 year ago

    Beautiful floral!!

  • Thanks, Deb, along with the favorite! There were quite a number of the bushes for sale and it was an amazing display:) Sandy

    – seeya

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeover 1 year ago

    it’s a stunner!

  • I would love to have masses of these in my yard, perhaps next year:) Thanks for the favorite, Irina! Sandy

    – seeya

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 1 year ago

    Beautiful Peonie Sandy…and I like the info too…!!!! Love the color…I’ve only seen Orange

  • I wasn’t fully aware of the history, so I also learned a lot. Thank you Lorraine, I enjoyed your comments:) Sandy

    – seeya

  • billfox256
    billfox256over 1 year ago

    The different shades are really terrific in this great capture Sandy!!! Bill

  • The varigation of colors made this plant stand out from all the others. Thank you Bill:) Sandy

    – seeya

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    Lovely flower and well presented, Sandy!

  • Hi Dot! Thank you for your comments, I have fallen in love with Tree Peonies and think I need to find a place for some in my yard:) Sandy

    – seeya

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELover 1 year ago

    Beautiful… such a lovely image…

  • Thank you Andrea, I appreciate you taking a look! Sandy

    – seeya

  • patcheah
    patcheahover 1 year ago

    Striking macro,Sandy! Stunning beautiful colours,details and composition! Love it!

  • It is big and bold, demanding attention, so I complied:))) Thank you Pat, and thank you for the favorite! Sandy

    – seeya

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 1 year ago

    Outstanding work!

  • Hi Ana, thank you for the lovely comment and favorite:) Sandy

    – seeya

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    A tree peony!! Very wonderful!! Gorgeous color!!

  • Hi Gena, finally back from wandering around So Cal! Thanks the fav and yes, this was a gorgeous color:) Sandy

    – seeya

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