(photos from 12 May)
Yes, it's true-- a flower bud on a Paeonia emodi!
Looks like a bad hair day for this Paeonia mollis.
Paeonia triternata showing off it's fresh green naturally wavy leafs, well on their way to be deployed. Fantastic!
One of the Dr. Seuss critters, Paeonia kartalinika, a close relative of the Fern-leaf Peony (P. tenuifolia).