If you know me or my work, you’d probably be surprised that my favorite flower is the peony. Often dripping in pink confection, in some ways the peony is as fussy as it gets. It reminds me of an over the top, ruffly wedding dress or layers of rich and delicious icing. Yet in other ways, it is quite modern. The intricate and soft petals are like layers of delicate tissue paper, yet the arrangement is so orderly. To me it is the essence of a flower, and I cannot pass one by without burying my nose. A tough plant that only asks lots of sun, fabulous drainage and some help holding up those heavy blooms, it is hard to resist adding a few to the garden. While electric pink may be my least favorite color in anything except bubble gum, I can’t help but fall for these flowers.