My peonies were gorgeous a few weeks ago. They are a light pink shade, and they remind me of my grandmother's old fashioned flower border. Her peonies were a deep pink, fragrant, and always crawling with ants! Of course mine get ants too. I love them as cut flowers, though, so I douse them with the hose and leave them outside for a day or two before bringing them in the house.
Peony season is too short, so I needed to do a couple of peony-inpired paintings to hold onto it a bit longer.