|Indiana's State Flower|
This is the first bloom on my peony flower in my garden. I think it is one of my favorite blooms, and I know I wait and wait and wait patiently for this striking flower.
According to Wikipedia, "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"
It has been depicted in many art forms such as this painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir..
As for me, I just love it in my garden. It sits right outside my backdoor and permeates the entire garden with its scent.
Just watch out when you pick a bouquet for your house as you will find a few ants crawling out of the petals!