My ‘200th Post’ Gallery

A snapshot of my day - beautiful plants some good weather some wet and worse - and some particularly vindictive gusting of winds bunting (before the aforementioned destroyed same) and here it is, my 200th post. Thank you, truly, for taking the time to look at this and any of the first one hundred and…

Peonies – which to choose & how to look after them…

Crocus, the online plant retailer, builder and planter of many  Chelsea show gardens etc., have just sent out their June Plant Care newsletter featuring peonies. I've included it in full here as I think it covers a lot of ground. Admittedly dense text, without their pictures, sorry. Do persevere... Long-lived and beautiful at every stage,…

The Red Peony of Constantinople, no less…

Paeonia peregrina, on the Rockery slope at RHS Wisley today, basking in warm sunshine (truly). The Byzantine Peony or The Red Peony of Constantinople. Marvellous!An extremely important plant for breeding (the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials tells me), its unusual combination of pigments being largely responsible for the development of coral-coloured flowers in hybrid peonies. Spreading…

Species paeonie at Wisley

  Paeonia mascula subsp. russoi has lovely large, violet-pink flowers over greyish green biternate leaves. It comes mainly from Mediterranean islands, from Spain to western Greece. It is sometimes labelled P. russii, but the name russoi is correct, and refers to a Sicilian botanist, Father Joachim Russo. It has also been called P. corallina var.…