I planted peony bulbs in my garden about 3 years ago. It has taken them this long to develop, establish themselves firmly and grow. And oh my, how they have grown this year! A little tip that I learned that I want to share in case you decide to plant your own. My peony buds were covered in ants at certain times. I almost got rid of them, thinking that they would harm the blooms. Quite the opposite, the ants actually eat the sweet nectar of the blooms in exchange for attacking bud-eating pests. They actually help the peonies to bloom.
And bloom is exactly what they did. I was able to fill the house with these beauties, and if I could bottle the sweet aroma and and insert it here, I most certainly would.
And because I can't help but shoot with film, I captured the peonies on Polaroid film~
When I photograph with Polaroid film, I always get the feeling that it will live on forever. Far beyond my years. Only time will tell.