Blank Greeting Card

130 x 130mm square


 Peonies and bees

The peony (Latin name Paeonia) is one of the world’s favourite flowers.

The peony is named after Paeon (also spelled Paean), 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.

Says Nikki about her drawing: “Early in the summer, I dropped off a commission to someone who has a garden full of peonies. The bees were going nuts; with 6 or 7 in each flower. It’s such a beautiful flower that’s out for just a brief moment each year; and I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t love peonies.”

It is inspired by Lux Aeterna from Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor, his last work.

It speaks of beauty and seeming fragility, but also of enduring strength. It sings of eternal concepts of love and loss, of death and rising again like peonies throughout the eternal cycle of the seasons.


Wild Honey Art reproduces images by Nikki McIvor onto prints, cards and homewares like tea towels, reusable grocery bags and linen napkins. Our aim - objects that are lovely to use, ecologically responsible and made to last.

Lux Aeterna 'Beonies'

  • In keeping with our locally-made ethos, our cards are produced just 3km from our base and our envelopes are made by a craftsman just outside of Wellington. They are wrapped in a cellophane wrapper, which is wood-pulp based.

    All our products are ecologically friendly and we do everything we can to minimise packaging and plastic.

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