Anyway, as part of my experimentation in finding out what will grow in the thin soil, I picked up a sad looking Peony 'Sarah Bernhardt' in the plant hospital bit of B&Q 2 years ago and I can hardly bear the excitement...it's got buds for the first time!
Here it is, my budding beauty
and this is what it should produce over the next couple of weeks
Isn't it gorgeous? And the heavenly fragrance...sigh...
Meanwhile in other parts of my little plot, and this is particularly for the benefit of Bo Peep and friends, here is what's going on
Cistus or rock rose I believe
some self-seeded foxgloves which the bees appear to enjoy and
lots of different shades and textures of green
and finally some of the pots.
I'm aware that these don't really do it justice - either my camera or technique is lacking I suspect.