This is our lovely state flower, the peony. They couldn't have picked a more beautiful flower for the great state of Indiana. These things are absolutely gorgeous! They are huge! I cut this one today so I could enjoy this bloom inside. I hope the cat will stay away from it.
I have another bush in full bud, and I am looking forward to those lighter pink blooms. I moved one of my bushes because it was in the way of our patio wall, the buds on it shriveled so we won't get to enjoy those this year. Then there is that stubborn tree peony that has never bloomed. I think this fall I'll move it and maybe it will be happier in different location.