Early in spring, you will see small ruby red sprouts reaching out of the ground in many yards and gardens. These odd little limbs grow taller and glossy leaves begin to unfurl from all sides. Very soon, you have a bushy little peony getting ready to burst into bloom. It becomes a brilliant plant with large luscious blooms of white, red, pink, or yellow and often has a fuzzy yellow center. It's blooms are fantastic when used as a cut flower and can last for over a week. When you plant a young peony, it could take a few years for it to bloom. But once it's established, it will reliably bloom for many, many years. Some have had a healthy life of over a hundred years.