The Gift

P1010393 (1024x768)This little plant arrived in the post today, lovingly wrapped, gratefully received.  It is Paeonia mlokosewitschii and for reasons that are more than apparent is affectionately known as Molly the Witch, an early flowering pale lemon peony with fresh growth the colour of cooked lobster.   It is a peony that I have read about and unbeknownst to my blogging friend Sue, from From Sewing Room to Potting Shed (please take a peek this lady is annoyingly wonderfully clever), had been lusted after for several years.  This got me to thinking about plant provenance.  I am not talking about the specialist nursery, grand garden or seed society but about the friends and colleagues who over the years donate the over exuberant, the much loved and cherished, the nurtured and those that didn’t quite fit.  So this is the first in a series of biographies of such plants, the stories associated with them and the fine folk that share their treasures.   I am not alone in having benefited from the Generosity of Gardeners, it is an affliction common to the cause, and I hope that in a corner of a garden somewhere there is a plant that reminds someone of me.  Let us hope it is not that dead stick in the pot behind the shed.




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7 responses to “The Gift

  1. she travelled well our Molly….thanks for the link…

  2. diversifolius

    You are so lucky! – you’ll love it. I planted a few seeds myself this year…
    (Your Dahlia coccinea looks very handsome 🙂

  3. I think that sharing plants is one of the joys of gardening. It is also a good insurance policy. If you lose something you know where to go to get a bit back!
    Molly the Witch is a delight from the moment her fat red buds push through the ground in winter.

  4. A fascinating subject, and dear to my heart. Molly the Witch is pushing up in my garden, too–planted just last fall.

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