Ready, Set…

Closeup of two flower bud balls, one large one small stripped with pink, red, and green colors

Location: Longfellow neighborhood backyard

Peonies always fascinate me with their three stages of bloom: Ready—Set—Go. Small buds, resident ants, leading to a riot of color and fragrance. And here are the soon-to-be pink ones, in the second stage of their sequence.

Photo: Jane Strauss