peonies are my mother's favorite. yesterday at the market--packed, of course, 'cause it's so damn nice out--among the composed bouquets, fresh dahlias, and the last of the season's bing and rainier cherries, we saw this hoard of fuchsia beauties.
knowing what i now know about fresh flowers, i wouldn't recommend buying peonies like these simply because they are so bloomed out. you'd only be able to admire them for two or three more days. however, if you get some when they're all compacted into a cute little ball, then you get the joy of watching a petal explosion. these are still nice to look at though.