Day 67: Something Beautiful—Peony

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Cincinnati is white. About 2″ white. Wisconsin storm dropped in last night. A month ago I’d have waxed rhapsodic about the frosty fantasy world. But that was a month ago. I have no more poetry for winter.

Everyone here craves color like green beans after a weekend of junk food. The yearning for a technicolor world moves to obsession by March. Not a surprise in the midst of  the cruddy monotone of the midwest. Inevitably, my mind reaches into the old-fashioned flower gardens of my childhood for the deeply feminine scents and gentle but joyful palette of spring. Fair warning. The next few days will be flowers.


I make no apologies about being a sappy romantic when it comes to flowers. Give me those fragrant old beauties and put peonies at the head of the list. In this part of the world they are called “pinies.” Soft, sumptuous pinks. Delicate ivories. And sultry deep wines. The smell is perfection. And, the ants know it, too.

Peonies are said to symbolize good fortune in romance and happy marriage as well as bashfulness and compassion. To me, they are symbols of the beauty of farm life, the bounty of the housewife’s garden, and much more.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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3 Responses to Day 67: Something Beautiful—Peony

  1. Bea Neal says:

    LOVE THEM. Planted a new white one last year. oooooooooh, sigh……….can’t wait for spring.

  2. Ellen says:

    Thanks again, so much, for these posts. During the difficulties & stress of emptying Mom’s confo and resultant fatigue, these posts have been a bit of sunlight during a dreary time. FYI closing is today, Andy is handling it and I’m DONE (short of some bookkeeping issues). Love you and appreciate you so much, Doctor Donna!

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