Another beautiful spring day in Sheffield and lovely, after watching the Peregrine adults feeding the 3 gorgeous white, fluffy chicks on the computer, to watch the
Wrens being busy taking more moss to their nest in the garden. The star of the garden at the moment, though, is definitely the Paeony ‘Molly the Witch’, (a lovely name and a corruption of the near-impossible Latin name Paeonia Miokosewitschii!). An expensive plant but worth every penny, I think, this paeony transforms from burgundy shoots, to glaucous leaves and a large, single, pale lemon flower. The petals close in the rain to protect the mass of stamens which attract pollinating bees and other insects. Only flowering for six weeks, it then produces black (fertile) and crimson (infertile) seeds. As with all paeonies, they don’t much like being moved but mine survived- take care not to plant them too deep or they won’t flower. Conditions: Warm, still, with sunny intervals. Temperature: Max 17- Min 9c.