Bewitching Molly

Some members of the plant world have star quality – the blue Himalayan poppy or tender Bird of Paradise flower (Strelitzia reginae) fall into this category. So too does Paeonia mlokosewitschii, flowering in my garden right now. Molly the Witch, as she is commonly called, comes from the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, sheltered by trees from the […]

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Weigela middendorffiana

Weigelas. Shrubs with red or pink flowers (or occasionally white). Growing to about five feet and flowering in June. Right? Well yes, but not this one. Yes, it’s a shrub. Yes, five feet or so is the usual height. but it flowers at the end of April and into May. And the flowers are yellow, pale […]

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