I have quite a few Peonies in my garden. They were planted sometime in the early 1900's by the Hildebrandt's and I cherish them. I usually devote an entire week to photographing them when they are in bloom. This years flowers opened sooner than expected and didn't last long due to extreme heat and heavy rain. I picked them daily, photographed what I could and then gave them to friends and family to enjoy before they died.