Unfortunately, I won't see it.
Peonies are so gorgeous when they are blooming that it is impossible to resist getting one, even though they are as fleeting a pleasure as gardens have to offer. Blink, or go on vacation for a week, and they are gone. People will try to convince you that the foliage is "handsome" and the form is "pleasing," but who are they kidding? Everyone knows we're in it for the flowers.
So off I go to Alaska - excited, petrified, and more than a little miffed at Festiva Maxima. Wish me luck.