My favorite flower of all time is the beautiful, frilly peony. They're so light and soft and just smell sooo darn good! I love this time of year!
We have lots and lots of large peony bushes in our yard...they were here when we moved in over 20 years ago and I'm sure they were growing here for a while before that. There are several varieties of double and single peonies and different colors as well. It's so sad that they don't last very long once they open. The recent rain storms have beat most of the blooms to the ground but I was able to rescue a few and enjoy them in the house.
They almost remind me of whipped icing flowers on a cake and look good enough to eat...LOL! I must be hungry!
Long ago when my brother got married, the church would not let us throw rice, so I brought a bag of peony petals and we threw those instead!