I've found unexpected peonies in my garden before, but never one like this. The plant is small and this is its only bloom. Could it be a seedling? I'm really not sure, but I know I did not plant it.
I haven't heard of parrot peonies, but that's what I'm going to call this one, at least for now—the striping and frilly-edged petals look so much like those of parrot tulips. I've been amazed by it.
What do you think...tasteful or tawdry?
UPDATE 5.20.2013 -- A Peony's Passing