Or to be precise, Paeony Mlokosewitschii, is now flowering by the front drive. She is such a beautiful paeony, single with pale yellow petals and sensible enough to keep her petals closed when it is cold like today. I managed to photograph her yesterday when we had a lovely sunny day and her flowers were wide open. But first, the build up to flowering when the buds first start to swell.
The first glimpse of all the stamens.
At last fully open, ready for the first passing bee.
There are lots more buds to open. They look nice surrounded by a sea of forget me nots. Looking through last years photographs we are about 3 weeks ahead this year due to the mild winter that we had. Last year Molly was at this stage over half way through May.
I think I would have to say that at the moment P. mlokosewitschii is my plant of the week, the one I go and look at when I first come downstairs in a morning, to see how many more buds have opened. Do you have a favourite at the moment?