Our first marital home was a small bungalow with an equally small front garden, which contained the only inherited plant of any consequence – a paeony. I now realise that it was probably Paeonia officinalis ‘Rubra Plena’ which has long been in cultivation and in its original single form was commonly called the apothecaries paeony. My introduction to paeonies was not a propitious one, since although ‘Rubra Plena’ flowered copiously with a heady fragrance, its double flowers were overlarge for their stems, short flowering and flopped to the ground at the slightest hint of moisture. I was not impressed!
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