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What's Hot #2

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Thursday May 2nd 2013

No surprise with Mother's Day right around the corner, what's hot is PINK! 

Pink Peonies, Pink Roses (especially with the Calla Lillies we mentioned in What's Hot #1

Avas Flowers - Pink PeonyAvas Flowers - Pink Roses and Calla Lily

And now, some background information: 

The Rose is a perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae. There are over 100 species! Flowers vary in size and shape and are usually large and showy and usually come in whites, yellows and reds. While most species are native to Asia, some are native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa. Some rose plants can be as tall as 23 feet! 

Historically, Roses have been used in Medicines, Food and Drink and of course, Art.

The Peony is the only genus in the Paeoniaceae family. They are native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America.  The story goes that the peony is named after Paeon , a student of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine and healing. Asclepius became jealous of his pupil; Zeus saved Paeon from the wrath of Asclepius by turning him into the peony flower.

The peony is among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture. It is a traditional floral symbol of China and is used symbolically in Chinese art. The Chinese Qing Dynasty declared the peony the national flower. However, today the People's Republic of China has no legally designated national flower. 

In 1957, the Indiana General Assembly passed a law to make the peony the state flower of Indiana, a title which it holds to this day. It replaced the zinnia, which had been the state flower since 1931.

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