Spring has finally arrived, and I have been spending time in two of my favorite haunts, the Sunken Gardens and nearby Rose Garden. A plant I had never heard of till a few years ago is the tree peony. They differ from bush peonies in that they are taller plants, bloom earlier in the spring, and have a different shaped bloom. I especially like the white variety–their petals are almost translucent. Any way, here are a few of them I have photographed over the last few days.