Peonies! Great big, beautiful, blossoming peonies!!
Here's the condensed version of my peony saga:
Planted 5 summers ago.
Year 1 - three small heads knocked off by a football before there was a chance to properly develop.
Year 2 - quite a few heads, developed a bit late, gale force winds in July broke the tall stems before any blooms.
Years 3 and 4 - increasing heads, showing much promise and just as they started to open we had torrential downpours which filled them full of water and rotted them. Bah!
Year 5 - big smile! There are about 50 heads on my peonies and they've just started to open. Out with the camera quickly (even though they're not fully opened)before it rains again. They smell beautiful too!