I think they are the most beautiful flower. I would choose a bouquet of these over roses any day!
I remember walking around the first house my husband and I bought with my father in law. I was so excited to show him the garden that was there. There was a beautiful Peony bush in the front yard and I was complaining about ants that came in each time I would cut some and bring them in the house.
" You know, you wouldn't have Peonies without ants," he said.
I still hear that in my head as I bring in a bunch with ants crawling up my arms, missing him so much.
I think about the day my sister came over to help me split that very same Peony. We hacked on that poor bush for hours. I thought for sure we killed it, but the flowers came up the next year in every place we planted it.
There is a lady who lives about a mile away from me. She sells the most gorgeous perennials. I get all my Peonies from her. Right from her soil to mine. Just like that.