Day 109: Paeonia mlokosowitschii

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


You know that annoying thing when people from different ethnic backgrounds end up getting called ‘Fred’ because no one can be bothered to pronounce their name correctly? It happens to plants too – which is why Paeonia mlokosowitschii is commonly known as ‘Molly the Witch’. Well, their loss, I say, because if they can’t muster the effort to get their tongues around mlokosowitschii, they’re missing out on a whole load of articulative fun. The flowers of Mlokosowitsch’s paeony are the very archetype of mellow yellow in that perfect rounded, fat paeony shape that fits so perfectly into the hand. With sparkling golden stamens in the centre, each is like a small bowl filled with créme brûlée, complete with caramelised sugar crust.

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