Passionate about Peonies

Monday, May 13. 2019
May is the time for Peonies and they are wonderful this year. The highlight so far has been some of my seedlings of P. rockii which after 12 years have flowered for the first time!! And how amazingly beautiful they are. The flowers are large and frilled. Some are pure white, some palest lilac but all have luscious purple centres. This is so thrilling for us and so unexpected. The plants which are now shrubs of about 3 feet high had grown unnoticed at the back of the borders where I must have planted them all those years ago and now they have made their debut like debutantes wearing their best at their coming out ball and expecting admiration from everyone who sees them. They have survived on neglect but from now on they will receive much loving care and attention which I hope will not kill them.

Where is Amy Doncaster??

Wednesday, February 13. 2019
The snowdrops look really lovely glistening in the sun. But where oh where is last year's extravagant purchase of the delectable snowdrop Amy Doncaster? A plicatus variety with green marks on her outer segments which made her very desirable to me and must be the reason for the investment. She was planted in a choice position near the path as befitted the eye watering price. But so far not a sign of her - not even a wisp of green leaf. Now I have only the label to remind me of my recklessness.
I comfort myself that Kildare, which is equally gorgeous with lovely green outers and very nice dark green inners is forming a mini clump already and did not cost half as much.
This weekend is our NGS snowdrop event. We are open for three days, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and the weather looks as if it will be kind so I hope lots of people will come to share our delight in our growing collection and the naturalised planting of nivalis in the wood which is nearly a carpet now.