Naming Paeonina

Floriography: the language of flowers. Although we most often refer to Victorian Floriography, this curiosity with flowers and plants dates back much farther than the Victorian era. It seems as though flowers have always played a crucial role in communication and social relationships, with references dating back to Greek mythology.

Today, I find inspiration from the beauty of this language. Applying meaning to arrangements is a way of honoring the distinct personalities of the flowers and the people who receive them. The name Paeonina is inspired by this process. 

A combination of the scientific name for ‘peony’, Paeonia, and the italian ending for ‘little’, ina, creates Paeonina, the little peony. At the root of this combination is the peony flower which is inspiring to me in many ways. This is what a peony means to me. 

A peony represents a strength in fragility and a healing force. It signifies an understanding that to create there is risk and uncertainty and to heal there is sacrifice. An open peony is a gift of vulnerability made of courage and expressive energy. Placing these florals in an arrangement signifies a boldness to express and reveal one's inner creativity or passion in hopes of providing a healing force for others. I use peonies as a reminder that creation comes from pushing boundaries and beauty never comes without risk and trust. I base my business model off of a peony's boldness of expression and how this strength gives joy to others.

An interesting grouping of facts about Peonies:
The name ‘peony’ is said to have derived  from the Greek physician of the gods, Paeon. According to Greek myth, Paeon was saved from the fate of mortals, death, by being turned into a never-ending unfolding of petals; a peony flower. This myth coincides with the medicinal qualities of the peony. Peonies can be solutions for chest pain, muscle cramping, fever, and many illnesses characterized by bleeding. For more information on the healing properties of the peony, visit the University of Michigan Health System website (link below).

Sara Loomis