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I had no idea peonies were my favourite flower

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I bought a peony plant last year and planted it in the garden. There were no time for buds on it last year and while it looked healthy enough before winter it’s been nothing but a few brown sticks all spring.

But then one day I saw there were lots of red shoots coming out in the ground around the brown sticks and after only a few weeks it was tall and green and full of buds!

My MIL insisted peonies don’t bloom for three years after they have been planted but the buds grew fatter and fatter and this week they burst open into this!

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They smell divine too.

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There are five or six very large buds and a few more smaller ones but I’m hoping the plant will grow even larger next year and give me more of this incredible beauty in our garden.

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