|Paeonia mascula type flower in bloom at Farm Reaches Farm|
I will have more posts about some of the species peonies later. I have mixed feelings about them because their bloom period is so short--turn around and they will be done blooming, just about. However, those mixed feelings evaporate every year at two times--when they first come up with their usually red snouts, and when they bloom. This particular peony in the photo is a particularly photogenic one even if it is mainly white! Although this is a mascula type, it is not a usual mascula--those are usually pink. I have a number of P. masculas in my garden and they self sow with abandon--to the extent that they will be on the noxious weed list before you know it!
If you didn't already know this, if you click on the picture you can see a larger full frame version of it. This is a good photo to do that to.