I think it's time I accept that whatever I used to know about the weather at a particular time of year or in a given month, is only a memory and bears no relationship to current reality. Today is June first and we've had more days with temperatures in the 80s than I care to count. Yesterday it was 88 degrees F. (31 C.) at 4 p.m. What all this means is that certain flowers that one waits all winter to enjoy, bloom and disappear in a flash.
My white peony (Paeonia rockii type seedling from Seneca Hill) opened all at once at the beginning of the week and then got dashed a couple of days later by the rain. As for the rain, we only got half an inch at our house while other parts of Madison were being inundated by 3 and 4 inches (7-10 cm.). See what I mean about the weather.
Thanks goodness for the camera which lets me revel in my favorite flowers regardless of the weather or time of year.