Since we moved into our new home I have been patiently watching and waiting for our peonies to bloom outside of our kitchen window. I do the dishes every evening and watch the little blooms grow each and every day. My favorite time to cut them is when they haven't quite started to open up yet. I trim them and shake all the ants away and put them in a glass of warm water, which helps them open up and bloom. There is something so special about peonies and the fact that they only bloom once in early summer. It just makes you appreciate the beauty of the blooms a little more. Obviously Lou loves peonies as much as I do!