The botanical name for this flower is Paeonia 'Abalone Pearl', and it was my favourite peony from my trip to Peony Garden in Hamilton.
We're well into the hottest days of summer, now. I went swimming twice yesterday (while, um, waiting for the paint on this flower to dry?). Our neighbours claim they don't mind if I come over twice in one day, but I will try not to make a huge nuisance of myself. Having a pool 100 yards away is a temptation I can't fight.
We bought Finn his own kiddie pool, but so far he just thinks it's a huge water bowl. He's drunk so much water from it this morning alone that it's only a matter of time before it all comes back up. I am watching him like a hawk.