precious pretty peonies

Everything has felt so late and slow this year. The weather has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs. Tanktops have been a rarity. Vest season has lasted a lot longer than prior years. So, it also felt like peony season was really behind schedule... just like my tomato plants. 

Well apparently that was a lie because I did last year's peony post on pretty much this exact same day. The day the peonies bloom is always such a great day. I had been casually checking in on them to see how close they were and then overnight the blooms were out. 

I might like the 2016 pictures the most - but this pass was good enough. Other years felt all about the big blooms and I really wanted to get them before they totally bloomed this time. More about the unfolding of the layers, and less about all the layers being on display. You can see the difference even one day makes.
There are so many different peony varieties. My parents will never plant more but perhaps but here are some that I'd consider for my own garden in the future. These colors aren't exactly a happy family but they feel so different from the trademark pink ones you see everywhere. Don't get me wrong - I love all the pink peonies. My heart jumps out of my chest when I see them at Trader Joes... but I'm always a fan of growing things that you can't buy. [buckeye belle, la lorrainekopper kettle]
But here is what 2017 brought to the peony show... If you are so inclined, you can take a trip down memory lane to see 2016201520142013, and 2012.

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