first peony came back!
I had always loved peonies, but had been afraid to try one because i have so much shade. Last year I bought one at a local nursery and put it in the one spot on my yard that got some decent sun, and it just sat there. And sat there.
And sat there. Didn't die, but didnt grow. I posted and was told it was developing its roots. okkkkkk. Then disaster, it got mowed down by the kid I hired to mow lawn. I thought it was a goner. This year it has come back beautifully, its lush, its gorgeous, and its got two HUGE blooms coming up. It's the festiva maximus variety and I am thrilled to have it in my yard :)