By March 22nd things were beginning to happen in the front border that showed that Molly was on the move once more. The “molly” I’m referring to is Paeonia mlokosewitschii, commonly known as Molly the Witch. When the leaves first break through the soil, they are the most beautiful burgundy colour.
The foliage of Molly, matched exactly, the colour of the backs of the sepals on the hellebore planted in front, I think I forgot this when I planted the hellebore.
Just 10 days later the foliage is already opening out and showing the touches of green/grey that the leaves will end up.
Just 6 days later and what a difference in growth and colour. Buds have formed and are looking very promising.
While we were away on holiday, the buds grew and the first hints of yellow could be seen.
10 days later, the first flower opened, thank goodness we were back in time to see it!
Once again we are able to enjoy the beautiful pale yellow flowers of this lovely plant. I’ve noticed over the years that the flowers close when the weather is cold or wet, protecting the pollen inside – clever.
Getting paler and paler as the days go by…….
………so pale now but so very beautiful.
I’m not sure how long the flowers will last now that we are having one or two sunny days with quite a bit of wind, but it has been the first plant that I have looked at each morning for quite some time now. Molly hasn’t finished yet, eventually her seed pods will open and the seeds will be bright fuchsia pink or black, depending on whether they are viable or not, only the black ones will be worth saving.