Molly the Witch
No, this is not a post about magic. Even though there is a kind of magic going on in the garden…
I have planted this peony 2 years ago. It’s a species, found in some part of the Eastern Europe by a Polish botanist (ok, maybe it was in Poland then) after whom the plant has been named: Ludwik Mlokosiewicz. The plant has the most beautiful Spring shoots and leaves a peony could bear, large light yellow single flowers that produce star pods (similar to those of irises) with dark blue seeds inside. What more can you ask to a peony? Maybe that it could settle and actually flower.
The plant is supposed to grow in rocky slopes, in nature, so I planted one plant amongst stipa, in the gravel beds, and the other one in another well drained spot. This second one might be in a too much drained spot, in fact it is a little behind the other. I bought two, in case one of them die. I have wondered about flowers, weeping over its beautiful purple-grey foliage for two long years and finally here they are, bearing a couple of flower buds.
As most of the times English can’t pronounce anything else than their own language (sorry but this is true!) they named this peony ‘Molly the Witch’ as a mispronunciation of the original Polish name. I find it so funny that I call my peony Molly. I can’t call it ‘the Witch’ though or we can confuse it with my mother-in-law, who is also called so (not only because she is a crone, she owns some real magic too!).
Actually a kind of magic happens when this beautiful tulip is hit by the morning sun. It lights up like a lamp!
They ended up on the gravel border too, because they’re supposed to grow in very drought conditions and so far I can tell this is true!
Not far from there I have some tulips parrot, ‘Apricot Parrot’ to be precise, in a terracotta pot, so I don’t need to dig them up after blooming. I’ve never seen a tulip parrot for real before and I must admit it really is amazing, you look at it and you understand why in the past they have been so famous and pictured. Come on, apricot is not fluo pink though!
Do you think I’m done with narcissus? You’re wrong! There are others just coming into bloom and they look so good to me!
Narcissus ‘Canary Bird’ so far is the best one I have in the garden (I still haven’t seen ‘Copper Queen’ though!). It bears 5-7 flowers per stem of a delicate yellow with a compact orange crown and a really good scent. I’ve been weeding around it yesterday and I kept sniffing this beautiful perfume…
Another good one is Narcissus ‘Segovia’, with its natural look and delicate fragrance. Narcissus’ petals often look as if they’re made of sugar, or cake icing, especially when backlit, this one in particular really glisten in the sun… I wonder if the petals are sweet like the scent…
Narcissus ‘Curlew’ is very similar to narcissus ‘Sailboat’, showed on my previous post, it only has bigger flowers and it’s probably a little bit taller but I’d rather prefer ‘Sailboat’ which bears more flowers.
In other fronts:
The amelanchiers have flowered and I forecast a rain of little red fruits soon. Yummy!
We planted a nice apple tree, ‘Granny Smith’, and it flowered. I’m not sure yet if I’m going to keep the fruits or discard them from the plant for this first year. The flower buds look like cream and strawberry striped candies.
Acer ‘Desojo’, which lives in a big pot under the cherry trees, has set billions of red leaves without I even noticed and it’s blooming now! Incredible! Soon the leaves will turn light green and the pot will be moved in the loggia, upstairs. I need the walls to be painted there before, then I’ll show you how my little hostas are doing up there.
Another plant that always impresses me is sorbaria sorbifolia. I don’t even remember which variety I have but they all look the same. This little bush sets sorbus-like leaves with stunning colours, it sets suckers too, so I planted it in the ‘woodland’ and let it grow as large as it wants. In may or june it sets panicles of white flowers that smell a little frisky and this seems to attract a lot of bees and flies.
Ah! ‘Sem’. It’s Sem! 🙂