The French word for peony is pivoine. Apparently, there are more than 30 species of peonies. They are perennial bushes, and they come in varying sizes. The ones in our yard — just two plants — are not big. Both produce big red flowers every spring.
These are what have become my annual photos of peony flowers.
The peonies were here when we bought the house in 2003. We didn't plant them. We're glad somebody did, and who knows how many years ago? The plants' roots are tuberous, I've read. I've never tried to dig ours up or divide them.
The plants obviously like our soil and climate. Today the weather is supposed to be very rainy. We'll see how the flowers look tomorrow.
This is one of the plants. The other grows in a big patch of white daisies. I wonder if somebody planted it there, or if it came up on its own, from seed. Maybe it was planted there and then the daisies spread to engulf it.
Did I mention that I tilled the vegetable garden plot for the third time this week? It's ready to receive seedlings, but if the rains come today as predicted, it will take a few days for the soil to dry out enough for us to be able to plant anything in it.