Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Desire Thee Peony


On a balmy


Lush green

Sensual aroma

Thirsty roots

Delicate petals


Sweet Desire


Robyn Lee



One of the most sensual flowers with a delicious scent, the peony
has long been used in feng shui as a cure for love & romance. This
especially applies to a couple of pink peonies. The symbol of peony
is often considered a metaphor for female beauty.

*source: About.com

56 responses

  1. Such lovely words ………..and all you had to do was touch that flower, and look at what has happend. Wonderful post, yet again Robyn!

    June 6, 2012 at 12:08 AM

  2. Thanks so much Stan… yes – my magic touch 🙂 I promise shadow post very soon ; Writing my own poem for it…so just a few ‘touches’ left…though I know you will enjoy the image most 😉 Sending you warm wishes tonight ~ RL

    June 6, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    • …always..worth waiting for! and I am extremely patient…lolol. No worries at all Robyn, take your time.

      June 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      • Appreciate that Stan! Patience is a virtue as they say 😉

        June 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM

  3. so pretty:)

    June 6, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    • Yes nightlake, they are really the most magnificent flowers. I’m lucky to have them grace my backyard! 🙂 Thank you kindly!!

      June 6, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      • Always welcome. Thanks so much for going through my past entries and taking the time to comment:)

        June 6, 2012 at 2:31 AM

  4. buckwheatsrisk

    you’re nail polish almost matches! was that planned? lovely btw!

    June 6, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    • Thanks buckwheats… no actually was noticing when looking closely at the image that my nail polish is chipping some ~ but guess nobody’s perfect in real life! Was lucky the color was a good match ~ had nails done for my daughter’s graduation party several days prior to the shot, My Gravitar is a photo of me at her party too! Sending good thoughts to you bw!! ~RL

      June 6, 2012 at 12:54 AM

      • buckwheatsrisk

        oh cool! i didn’t see any chipping, but now you are making me want to go and look at the pic again! lol
        congrats to you daughter!

        June 6, 2012 at 1:46 AM

      • Thanks so much… it’s the bottom of the thumb nail (maybe they grow quick?) … should have touched it up for my hand’s photo shoot 🙂 Rarely wear polish these days – but good timing 🙂 Daughter is doing great — appreciate bw!

        June 6, 2012 at 1:49 AM

  5. ~Lady Day

    The smell, always reminds me of home from my childhood…thank you for this..wonderful thoughts too Robyn:)

    June 6, 2012 at 1:00 AM

  6. So lovely to know that Lady Day! Yes – a very delicious scent… they are amazing. Appreciate, and so glad the post stirred up some fond memories for you! Thank You 🙂

    June 6, 2012 at 1:05 AM

  7. Love the quotes

    June 6, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    • So happy to hear that from you golappan! Thank you kindly 🙂

      June 6, 2012 at 2:10 AM

  8. onlinefunland

    Reblogged this on onlinefunland.

    June 6, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    • Thanks for the reblog! Do appreciate 🙂

      June 6, 2012 at 7:22 AM

  9. So amazing ………….

    June 6, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    • Escapism Julie… so glad you liked it – Thanks tons!

      June 6, 2012 at 6:44 AM

      • You certainly have a way with words and the photos are ‘wowy’ too!

        June 6, 2012 at 7:03 AM

      • Thanks Julie! Did this last week. Just a spark after seeing these stunning flowers wake up ! Unfortunately I had zero sleep last night…. So I’m not as alert. Must be night by you… Have a good one!! 🙂

        June 6, 2012 at 7:19 AM

      • You too, beautiful Robyn!

        June 6, 2012 at 7:43 AM

  10. wow!!! now that’s a flower:))) Smiles galore when i see your posts:)))

    June 6, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    • Sleepless night so i’m up to see your sweet comment David. Thank you ~ Keep smiling!!

      June 6, 2012 at 6:43 AM

  11. So beautiful, Robyn…such a great follow-up to my peony post yesterday…again as if we planned it…and yours again an antidote to mine…interesting how you are adding arms and legs to the images…adds a certain mystery that is intriguing…great work!

    June 6, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    • Thanks so much Meryl. Yes – I’m always wanting to find a way to put a touch of ‘me’ in these photos… maybe it’s the model in me (loved to pose when I was younger!!) Also lends a personal aspect to the post. Glad you liked it. Yes – your post and KT’s made me realize it was time to share this one which I’d had in my drafts folder since the weekend of M’s Graduation Party. Still wearing the same nail polish – think it’s time to break out the remover 🙂

      June 6, 2012 at 2:32 PM

  12. This photo and quote are beautiful.

    June 6, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    • Thank you Renee. So glad you thought so!

      June 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

  13. embullum


    June 6, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    • Thank you Elizabeth…hope all is well by you ~ will need to write you a private note asking if you’ve ever heard of a new pain therapy that has been proposed. Seems so much better to just get lost in the flowers though ….xo

      June 6, 2012 at 1:00 PM

  14. We had peony bushes in my yard when I was growing up and I always looked forward to their blooming every spring.

    June 6, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    • Yes Lisa… they are just very magical. I was not exposed to them as a child, but can see how they would illicit fascination for child too! Thanks for sharing – I appreciate!!

      June 6, 2012 at 2:29 PM

  15. A “cure for love and romance”? I’ll have none of that madam! I’ll stay ill and hopeless! 😉 ~D

    June 6, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    • One can dream though, right Dan??!! Much of my blog is about the dreaming…. though I do need to delve into reality every now and then. Next post I think… So nice to see you here today – and I am very pleased that I finally got my first email notification that you have posted something new on your wonderful blog!! I will be over soon… put the tea on 😉

      June 6, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      • Yaaaaay. Sadly another friend is having trouble commenting now….arrrrrg, technology the joy and the pain. See ya here. One lump or two?

        June 6, 2012 at 2:38 PM

  16. We must keep on dreaming and see beauty where it can be found. 🙂

    June 6, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    • Wise wise words Loner…thanks from the heart!

      June 6, 2012 at 3:52 PM

  17. One of my all time favorite flowers and a beautiful capture of its beauty.

    June 6, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    • Thank you kind Jeb – and wonderful that you can share in the thrill of witnessing a peony awakening here!

      June 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM

  18. I’m so glad you posted this! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Your poem is just perfect with this amazing flower. “Sensual aroma Awakens . . . Sweet Desire Becomes.” Love this! Such eloquent words for our “princess” flower! Enjoy those blooms while they last!

    June 6, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    • Yay KT – was waiting for you to come by!! Just could not hold out any longer after our exchange yesterday on your wonderful blog. So glad you liked – and found the poem fitting 🙂 Yes – our ‘princess’ flower — that is the perfect metaphor for her!! Yes – they are short-lived unfortunately… ours are at the height of their season I believe. Will keep enjoying for sure. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment! ~RL

      June 6, 2012 at 8:26 PM

  19. victoriaaphotography

    Wow! Stunning bloom, Robyn.
    I only ever see peonies in the florist shops. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one that big before either. Love the words you’ve set to the photo.

    June 6, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    • Thank you Victoria… we are in awe of them too. Wow…really, only in the florist? Wonder if they are hard to grow on the soil in Australia? Will have to ask Julie too~ I’m so glad you enjoyed the words too…wanted to honor ‘her’ with something special!

      June 6, 2012 at 8:28 PM

  20. Maybe the flower is as big as your heart.
    Gracias por compartir tus experiencias…

    June 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    • Oh Carlos – so lovely of you to say. Thank you. I do hope my heart is as vibrant and loving as this flower. Gracias to you for your sweet words today. 🙂 RL

      June 7, 2012 at 12:43 AM

  21. Pretty words to go with a pretty flower! Peonies were one of my mom’s favorites. I would love to be able to grow them here–but no, too high of altitude and too cold for too long. I’ll admire yours if I may! 🙂

    June 7, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    • Thanks so much Jeannie! Yes hey are a unique variety of flower, and many hear have mentions that they bring back childhood memories etc. Their season is very short, which in some ways makes them more exotic. Please join me in admiring mine here ~ so happy to have you 🙂

      June 7, 2012 at 2:01 PM

  22. Fab poem, fab peony – ours are getting battered by the rain and wind but if they survive it I’ll take a pic so you can see how different from this beautiful pink one our magenta ones are 🙂

    June 8, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    • Thanks so much Polly — really appreciate your feedback. Would love to see a magenta Peony – not sure I ever have!! Hoping they stand up tho the elements too! Warm wishes your way ~

      June 8, 2012 at 2:06 AM

  23. I should plant this flower in my garden, upon knowing their ‘romantic’ properties.
    Thanks to you, Robyn. Lovely photo; as lovely as you are!

    June 9, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    • Why thank you Chito! A lovely flower it is:)

      June 9, 2012 at 2:52 AM

      • Sure is.
        By the way, I love your header photo on this post.

        June 9, 2012 at 2:55 AM

      • Thanks Chito. Actually, I am not so crazy about the header that is up, as the sun was in my eyes and I was not very happy in the flowerbed 🙂 I liked my winter “snow” pose better. Hopefully will do a new one for summer soon. Be well always, RL

        June 9, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      • Looking forward to it, Robyn!

        June 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

  24. Beautiful flower just like you, Robyn! 😉

    June 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    • So lovely of you to say Malou ~ thanks front the heart!!

      June 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

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