I have to say my all time favorite flower has got to be Peony!
Peonies can live over 100 years!
They can be split in the fall to make additional plants
Most give off an amazing perfume!
The only bug that you usually find on them are ants - which don't harm them.
They do need to be staked with rings, hoops, or shown here- stakes and twine.
If you cut the flowers while still in bud, with a little color showing, you can refrigerate them for up to 6 weeks, and then clip them again and put them in a vase to open. Try to store them away from any fruit you might have in the fridge, especially apples.
The red ones that are in this post are 'Coleen Marie' and the perfume is a rose scent that is to die for!
The pinks are called ' Pink Giant' and also have a heavenly scent, maybe not as "rosey".
I'm sorry I don't know the name of the whites with the yellow center, they were dug up at an old house
( with permission, of course!) ; )
If anyone out there knows this cultivar, would you let us know? Thanks!
The white with the red streaks in photos 1,2, and 3 is 'Festiva Maxima'.
There are hundreds of cultivars! Most of mine I bought through a catalog I believe is from a company called Gilbert and sons.