Yankee Doodle Dandy ITOH

This Itoh (or intersectional) peony is really taking off this year. It’s a good 2 feet wide and about 2 feet tall. It has a lot more buds on it this year. I’ve heard that Itoh peonies can have 50 buds once they are fully established. The really strange thing about this plant is that it shouldn’t be blooming now. With respect to bloom sequence, tree peonies bloom first, followed by herbaceous peonies, and the Itoh peonies tend to bloom last. When I took these photos, the herbaceous peonies hadn’t started to open.