Article: Plants and Their Relationship to Human Emotions: My Mother's Peony

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By Larry Rettig on September 29, 2010

In a previous Cubits article I explored with my readers one kind of relationship we can have with plants, that of likening flowers and flower parts to objects we’re familiar with in the real world. In this article, I’ll explore ways in which flowers and plants evoke emotional responses.

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Oct 2, 2010 10:39 PM CST
Name: Susie
Phoenix AZ
First, I loved your story, Larry. I've always been interested in the symbolism of flowers and vegetation. I have tended to concentrate on Zen Buddhist symbolism in Ikebana. I love the Japanese stories and tales of greenery and flowers in the floral design.

This is a picture of a peony that has been in our family for over 100 years. And I know that cuttings from this plant have thrived in gardens of friends of my great grandparents and grandparents.

Northern California... I don't have a piece of this beauty. Living in Phoenix is not good for Peonies.
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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
Oct 3, 2010 12:10 PM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Thanks for the compliment, Susie, and for sharing your peony story. Love your quote from Leonard Cohen!
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