My favorite flower is the peony. I love many varieties, including tulips, but peonies take the top spot. They are so exquisitely beautiful, and each one has its own individuality. The color range they bloom in, from the whitest of whites, to the brightest pinks, are always extravagant. In the late spring/early summer when they are most plentiful, it is always worth the money to buy a bunch at a local farmers market or grocery store. I always prefer to choose the ones still in their bud form, so I can see them transform into their explosion of colorful petals.
[images by me]