My fern-leaf peony has flower stalks. Yippee! You can't see the center stalk here (it's hiding below all that tuft in the center of the photo) but you can see one of last year's stalks on the left and other new stalks in the background. At the top of each stalk, this time of year, you get this wild hairpiece of skinny leaves (hence the name "fern-leaf" peony),making a nest for the flower bud, still small here but visible. The stems are short--under eighteen inches--but the flowers are almost as big as those of the common garden peony, which won't bloom for a month.