Earth’s Treasures ~ Butterflies Swirling in Your Dreams

Flowers are the treasure of earth

They are the expression of Gaia’s joy, pure bursts of enthusiasm

sometimes surprising

always vibrant

blessing our world

with majesty

The first flower is a peony, 牡丹花 mudanhua, China’s national flower.

The surprising flowers are a type of peach, blossoming in both pink and white in the same flower, found on a Jinan street.Bright peach blossoms are framed by the elegant spaces of a Suzhou garden.

Dried flowers, cut and wrapped flowers, all the treasures of earth. Found in  a nearby flower shop in Suzhou.

As the peony ~牡丹花 mudanhua ~is the Chinese national flower, you can expect there are many poems written about them. 

One of my favourites is by Tang Dynasty poet Qian Qi

Moss covered paths between scarlet peonies,

Pale jade mountains fill your rustic windows.

I envy you, drunk with flowers;

Butterflies swirling in your dreams.

If you are drunk with the majesty of poetry and flowers, you can find more peony poems here  https://crickethillgarden.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/peonies-in-classical-chinese-poetry/

with a sidebar full of peony prospects…..

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