Tomie loves peonies, so on Sunday, his birthday, I planted 22 bareroot peonies (in one flower bed), including several unusual Itoh peonies, such as, Pastel Splendor Itoh Peony in the above photograph.
I had planted a couple of hybrid peonies three years ago, but had forgotten about them. This spring they blossomed, much to my surprise, and we discovered the cut flowers to be unique and to look beautiful in Tomie's house. They also lasted a long time as a cut flower.
I ordered the peonies from Brooks Gardens in Oregon. Bareroot peonies are a bit of challenge to plant, so I'm hoping I correctly planted them, and that they, too, will be a spectacular success.