First Peony of the Year

On my walk home this evening the Mr informed me that the peonies on the large tree are opening. Sure enough when I got home I had three rather large flowers in the beginning stages of blooming. The one above being the largest of the three. These thing are so gorgeous with their purple/red petals and bright yellow centers. The second tree has a few buds as well. The peony bush is another story entirely. I’ve had that thing for about four, maybe five years now and each year it produces more and more flowers. I stopped trying to count the buds this year. Also right about now the ants are all over them working their magic. It’s fun to watch them work.