January brings the snow and ice in Illinois. The mailman brings the anticipated seed catalogs. I dream of flowers and red ripe tomatoes. Spring also means Peonies to me. They bloom around May 26th give a week or two and then they are done for the season. They are a perennial that come up year after year after year. The fragrance is indescribable. In early spring the plants are sold at nurseries and big box stores and should be planted in full sun but will survive in partial shade. The one complaint about these flowers is they droop especially after a heavy rain. I have supports on mine to help them from becoming floppy. I can not wait for spring !