I have one peony plant, which is in the back yard next to my neighbor's fence. Each year when I see the buds starting to form I can't wait for the blooms.
Today was the day:
The flowers never last long, though. By some strange coincidence right after the peony blooms each year we get a hard rainstorm or heavy wind which makes them flop over or knocks the petals off. This morning, right on schedule, we had a gully-washer come through; I was out in the car and for a few minutes visibility was so poor I had to pull over to the side of the road.
When I got home and checked on the peony, all the open blooms had toppled and were laying on the grass. I raised them up again, but based on past experience they'll never be the same.