not sure how they do it. but i think i'd ask a peony to pack my luggage any day. how are they able to fit so much into such a tight, little ball?
these arrived as dense, firm spheres with a dear and thoughtful (and expectant!) friend the other day...and started to uncompact themselves very shortly after entering a vase of lukewarm water.
like copper river salmon, peonies have a short but very sweet season.