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In full flower the moment.  Can’t remember the names.  The single with the boss of yellow stamens came from Kelways at Langport – specialist paeony nursery.  The white one  from a paeony collector near Lydney Park in the Forest of Dean.

The pink one – a robust strain with enormous flower heads,  stands four foot high – came from mater’s garden.  Every year she’d cut a big bunch for me to take home.   So fragrant they scent a whole room.


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13 Responses to Paeonies

  1. IsobelandCat says:

    Oh your are out too. Aren’t they lovely. So full on, like those frothy 1950s summer skirts, no holding back with these. Gorgeous!
    And great timing for your post. I’d just looked at my email and in popped the message that these were here.
    I’m going to have to look at them again.
    I see you are copyrighted too!

    • janh1 says:

      Trouble is, it’s raining now. They’ll be ruined in no time. But worth growing if only for a comparatively short moment of glory.

  2. valzone says:

    Stunning Jan, simply stunning, a most beautiful flower and you’ve captured them perfectly.

  3. They are beautiful flowers. I have two but they are in the wrong position (too dark). I’d heard they didn’t like to be moved so impressed that you’ve managed to do so.

  4. janh1 says:

    Hi Sophie, yes one of my plants hasn’t flowered this year because it got overshadowed by the nearby shrub. Next year I’ll make sure I prune the shrub back earlier.

    Yes I heard that too about moving them. I lined the planting hole with soaked newspaper. Supposed to be good for retaining moisture while the chunk of plant gets established.

  5. IsobelandCat says:

    Our Mr Fox is back again. Snoozing on the wall. I just took some more photos. May have to post again…

  6. Last year I found some rather ‘home made’ steel plant supports in a little nursery nearby which are great for protecting against the rain as the picture below shows. A bit ugly till the plants grow but there’s a certain architectural interest.

    (Let’s just see if this works :-D)

    The left hand side has the support, the right hand side doesn't – completely collapsed

    Before the plant grows up

  7. valzone says:

    Jan, overcast sky takes much better images than bright sunlight, so you done well.

    • janh1 says:

      I had no idea, Val. Will bear that in mind. I only usually get the camera out when there’s sunshine. I like the light/shade tonal thing and sunshine through petals etc.

  8. valzone says:

    Isobel, keep cat out of his way.

    • IsobelandCat says:

      Val, Cat’s language to Mr Fox would have to be represented by a long line of asterisks. A young fox invited him to play, and he nearly exploded with wrath and outrage!
      For the moment he can hold his own without help from me, but as he gets older I am more protective.

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