I bought a bunch at a wholesale market on Friday and was shaking my head at how expensive they were. The foliage looked wilted and I was questioning my decision. Did I really need to indulge my love of them.
The guy at the flower store said to cut off the unnecessary leaves and then assured me "They are going to be beautiful, they just came in today."
I was skeptical of both statements and thought to myself you'd make a good used car salesman.
Happily, I was proven wrong. The peonies filled two vases and are glorious. Watching them slowly unfurl was fascinating. Every time I looked at them this weekend, a smile came to my face. Worth every penny.