Mollie and her Babies.

I know it’s a little early to be looking at Peonies, but I just thought I would share this little bit of gardening excitement !


So here we have the burgeoning shoots of Peony Mlokosewitschii, otherwise known as Mollie the Witch. This peony is one of my favourites, the blue/green foliage is good for many months, with the added bonus of beautiful single lemon/yellow flowers. The flowers nearly always set seed, and a check on my over wintering seed pans shows that the 3year old plants are ready for potting on and the seeds sown last year are showing through.


In the foreground 3 year old plants, in the small pots are last years seedlings.


 Peony Mlokosewitschii

I think you will agree that Mollie is certainly worth waiting for.

And on a different note…The Patient Gardener …was asking about our greenhouses.

Well mine is always full of seedlings, over wintering plants and cuttings. It has never really been a greenhouse for the growing of food, I leave that to Malcolm and the allotment.


So here we have a right mish mash of overwintering pots, these are soon to be moved as I now have dozens of pots of seeds ready for germination.


And there are still a couple of dozen more seed packets to come, as I put my order in to Plant World Devon last week !!!

To finish this post I am adding some photos taken 2 years ago, they show my granddaughters and their friend Ellie down on our allotment, they were thoroughly enjoying themselves watering and eating the tomatoes in one of Malcolm’s greenhouses.


A barrow load of trouble. The girls always went down to the allotment in the barrow.




Think there was more tasting than watering.


A jolly good day was had by all.






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9 responses to “Mollie and her Babies.

  1. You are giving those little girls the best education! I have Mollie on my wish list, after this she may go a little higher!


    • You are welcome to a 3 year old plant if you want ….though being open pollinated ,and I do have other single flowered peonies,she may not be absolutely true too type. But it’s still exciting and worth the wait.


  2. Beautiful little girls at their grandma’s salad bar. 🙂 And, oh, my pulse quickened just looking at those Peony shoots. 🙂


  3. Bloggers Rave about Molly, don’t they? Very lovely, but have I somewhere I could put a yellow peony? Not sure….


  4. Molly the Witch is wonderful. I enjoy her right from the moment the plump red buds start to show in the winter. Some of her children come up flushed with pink sometimes.
    It is so exciting having so many pots with things about to happen.


  5. diversifolius

    Wonderful for kids to grow knowing where the food is coming from!
    I will be seeding Molly the witch this year for myself (and a few other species peonies) – hard to find here and very expensive if big size.
    I don’t know what to like most – the foliage, the flowers or the seed pods 🙂


    • I too am torn…because I love the flowers they are so fragile looking …but the foliage is robust and sometimes so colourful…but the seed pods when they open are like little purses of jewels….


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