Hot weather, followed by a little rain and cooler temps has had a positive effect on the Peonies. Here's what they look like five days after the first group of photos were taken. These photos are in the same order as the first group if you want to compare. These are all species Peonies in white or varying shades of pink. They typically bloom much earlier than the big blowzy Peonies most people are familiar with.
Molly the Witch (P. mlokosewitschii). This one has a very unusual leaf shape to my eye and its flowers are atypically yellow.
P. rockii (Tree Peony). Last year I had a lot of dieback and few buds. This year, one stem died but the plant is loaded with buds.
P. Japonica, also loaded with buds and almost at its full height and spread for the season.
P. obvata willmottiae. I dug this up and moved it in late 2014 but it does not seem to have done it any harm.
P. obvata var. alba.This may be my favorite variety as far as foliage goes. Looks gorgeous from the moment it first appears. This is right next to a path and I caged it so I would not accidentally step on the flower buds. This Peony sent out a seedling last summer that I moved to another location and am going to see if I can bring it to flowering age. This Peony is usually one of the first to appear in the spring but this year was behind all the others in making its appearance, as you can tell from these pictures.