For those of you who don't know, Jason bought our house and was living in it already when we met and started dating. The first summer we were together, I was at the house one day while he was mowing and working on yard stuff. I was walking around, trying to figure out what all the plants in the landscaping were. I noticed this dead spot on the border of the property and went to inspect it. There were tiny little shoots of something that was not grass in the middle of the dead spot. I asked him if he could maybe skip that spot of mowing for a week so we could see what was there. He said "it's just a weed!" but I talked him into waiting a week. Every week we kept checking the spot, he kept wanting to mow it down and I kept talking him in to waiting. Then it got a bud on it!! I was so excited! He still said it was weed. LOL! Finally the bud bloomed and I said it's a PEONY!!! He said "what the heck is a peony?? It should be called a puny". I told him it's our State flower and it looks puny because he'd been mowing it down!! So the Peony bush has been allowed to flourish over the years and this year we have THREE blooms and more buds to bloom yet!! And the flowers are beautiful!! When they first open up, they're a deep blood red. These pictures I took today and the flowers have been blooming for about a week.
I never knew I was a Peony fan until I saved this little bush from being hacked down every week!