The first Tree Peonies have started.
As per usual, the very first to open was Destiny (a Paeonia rockii variant) - an old Australian variety seemingly brought to Australia by Chinese Gold-miners back in the mid 1800s.
The next day, the first of the Paeonia ostii flowers opened. Click to enlarge to see the details of the flower.
These things are so lovely I will not spoil their beauty with superfluous words. Click this image to enlarge, and see the glorious detail of the flower stamens, and the carpels in the "Eye of the Peony", and the dusting of pollen, which shows how fresh this flower is.