Flower Lifestyle

Sharing Yan’s passion for flowers

Peony at Parc Floral Paris April 30, 2012

牡丹 (Mu Dan) &  芍药 (Shao Yao) 

Peony is one of my favorite flowers. In Chinese, the two types of peonies have completely different names, but they belong to the same family: Paeoniaceae. 

In English, their name reflects more obviously the difference : Tree Peony and Herbaceous (bush) Peony. Tree peony flowers are supported by woody branches and lose their leaves in winter while leaving woody stems; bush peonies have non-woody, green stems, they die back in winter and regrow in spring. Tree peonies have bigger flowers and they bloom 15-30 days earlier then herbaceous peonies. 

Tree Peony, 牡丹 (mǔdān), is the national flower of China, it is also known as “flower of riches and honour”. In Chinese culture, Tree Peony is also called “King of Flowers” while Herbaceous Peony is called the “Prime Minister of Flowers”. 

Thanks to a Japanese donation, Parc Floral of Paris hosts a large collection of Peonies. End April, begging May is the season of Tree Peonies, while some of Herbaceous Peonies are not yet in bloom.

 

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Spring 2012 Window at Printemps, Paris April 8, 2012

Parisian Department Store Printemps continues the theme “FLOWER” for their window decoration of Spring 2012.

The new collections of this season are absolutely gorgeous ! The color trend is a combination of pastel/sorbet pink, orange, violet colors with flashy yellow, green, fuchsia, hot red…

 

flower floral fleurs décoration decoration fashion paris magasin

flower floral fleurs décoration decoration fashion paris magasin

flower floral fleurs décoration decoration fashion paris magasin maison

 

A flower day in Paris April 2, 2012

Paris is a city of flowers. An escapade in Paris can bring you to the most unexpected yet fascinating encounter with flowers. 

One of my “flower days” begins at Saint-Honoré, when I first come across a ready-to-wear boutique whose window was decorated with delicate Spring flowers. 

 

boutique fleur flower decoration

 

Then I succumb to the charms of some Champaign-colored delicious English roses. 

 

English roses anglaises champagne champaign color bouquet

English roses anglaises champagne champaign color bouquet

Vase: Gien collection “Circus” 

 

When I get home, the branch of peach flowers I brought back from a promenade greet me with the most elegant and delicate posture, bathed in soft light of sunset. 

 

vase branch branche fleur blanc white

Vase: Haviland “Impératrice Eugénie” 

 

The language of flowers

France La Poste released a series of stamps with the languages of flowers.  

Although today nobody offers flowers according to their language (except for some most symbolic ones such as Rose, chrysanthemum, Lily of the Valley, etc.), and I am the first to buy flowers just for their natural beauty, I  also believe that a flower and the gesture of offering a flower would become more meaningful if we try to compose a message with them. 

Arum Lily: Ardour

Tulip: Love

Rose: Passion

Violet: Modesty

Pansy: Affection

Lily of the Valley: Happiness

Iris: Tenderness

Dahlia: Admiration 

Poppy: Delight

Peony: Generosity

Daisy: Attraction

Carnation: Loyalty

 

Delicious flowers

 

I guess the small white flowers must be very delicious. During the 15 minutes I watched him, the horse never raised his head!

 

horse cheval fleur flower eat spring white prunier peach flower

horse cheval fleur flower eat spring white prunier peach flower

Location: Near US, a small town in Ile-de-France region, France 

 

My Flower Book (35): Spring Breeze

6 monthes havn’t been here with my flowers, this winter was extremly long! But finally Spring is back. 

I can smell in the air the fragrance of Hyacinth brought by the first Spring breeze…

Bouquet flower fleurs tulipe tulip hyacinth jacinthe spring printemps composition florale art

Bouquet flower fleurs tulipe tulip hyacinth jacinthe spring printemps composition florale art