The peony is my favourite flower, or certainly one of them.  I manage to grow them successfully in the garden so for the last two weeks have had them sitting in my kitchen.  I pick one bloom at a time for my special peony vase, reserved for the sole purpose of a peony head.

I was delighted to discover, courtesy of Country Life, that according to the Secret Language of Flowers, the peony means "Joy and Prosperity".  I couldn't be more delighted that this "omen of good fortune" flourishes in my garden.