Peonies are hands down my favorite flower and every year around the middle of May, they start appearing everywhere – in the farmers markets, florists, corner bodegas, Korean delis…and in my father’s garden. These lush specimens are the first blooms from his many peony plants, but guess what? I planted a bulb in a large pot last Fall that I had shoved in the corner of our balcony that I completely forgot about, but it sprouted and grew into a 15 inch plant! I don’t see any buds, but I am super excited! I will ignore, for the moment, that my dad’s bulb, which was bought at the same farmers market in Olympia, Wa and planted around the same time has already started to bud (what’s up with that? Could it be because it was planted in the ground?). I really, truly hope my plant flowers at some point in the future and that being potted doesn’t hinder its growth. It’s all I have.