I love Peonies of all kinds. The red, pink, white are all lovely and I have several varieties in various parts of our yard. There is one that is my favorite and that is Paeonia Officinalis "Rubra Plena." Now, I have decided what this peony is called by looking at my Botanica book and this is the closest match.
Why is that particular, early flowering peony my favorite? It is the plant that I took a portion of almost 20 years ago from my Grandmother's garden. That plant had been in my Grandmother's garden for the over 50 years prior that she had lived in her house. I think that many times our favorite things are part of memories of the past. I know that in this case this flower brings memories of the wonderful and peaceful times wandering through my Grandparents yard and looking at their flowers.
One of my many blessings from days past.
This is the first flower to bloom on my peony
This is the last one cut from that plant before the rain caused the petals to drop from the remaining flowers.
One beautiful flower brightened my day and brought memories of past blessings.