The golden peony that I am talking about is of course Paeonia mlokosewitschii, which is a native of the Caucasus mountains in Azerbaijan, Georgia and Dagestan. It grows there on rocky slopes in oak, hornbeam or beech forests, which makes me wonder why it is so happy in my bee and butterfly border in full sun?! It was discovered in 1897 by polish botanist, Ludwik Mlokosiewicz and named by Aleksandr Lomakin. Over time it has aquired the name of Molly the Witch, by which it is now commonly known, although how a witch could be so beautiful is beyond me! Even when it is just the foliage beginning to emerge, she is beautiful.
The buds are soon formed and then the waiting game starts, when will they open, do you go away on holiday, or will it all be over by the time you get back!
Even with the torrential rain that we have been having she is standing up well, just hope we don’t have another down pour once the flowers open or they will be finished before they have started!
Amazing what a bit of sunshine does, as soon as the sun shone on the front border, this bud started opening, hope it doesn’t regret it.
Another day and it is almost open, a bit more sun needed to encourage the petals to part.
Open at last, such a beautiful flower, looks so delicate but tougher than we think.
A lot more rain fell overnight, but sensible Molly closed the petals until next morning, so we are still able to enjoy her beautiful flower for a while to come. More heavy rain is forecast but we still have six more buds that are tightly closed at the moment, so I think we will be enjoying our golden peony of the Caucasus for a while yet.