I have been waiting 3 years for these to bloom and they finally opened up their pretty little faces for me this past week! I’ve been checking them every morning since the buds appeared, like a little kid waiting for Christmas. My mom had these in her garden when I was growing up and when they moved to California several years back she took some of them with her. When they moved back here she didn’t really have a garden so we put them in ours. These are well-traveled peonies! From what I’ve heard, it takes about 3 years for peonies to get established and then they will start blooming. Building up their strength I guess. Another interesting factoid that I learned the other day from my mom (who heard it from her neighbor), is that peonies apparently need ants to bloom. I was kind of freaked that there were ants all over my peony buds and mom told me that they won’t bloom without them. So odd. You won’t be able to see it, but after I took this photo I noticed a little ant right in the center of the peony in the photograph. Thanks little ant dude for helping my flowers bloom!