It is the season we love and however short it might be we really appreciate having these big blooms to celebrate the start of summer.
Originally cultivated for medicinal purposes in China believed to cure headaches as asthma.
Now of course, we plant Peonies in the garden and love them as a cut flower.
They can be a bit tricky to open - all you need to do is wipe the sap away from the sepals with warm water on a cloth and if you need them in a hurry, gently peel the sepals back.
There are lots of "Pick your Own" Peony farms and well worth a visit!