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tree peony, Paeonia ludlowii brought in from Lucy, our Deputy Editor. It is a seed from a plant Lucy grew from seed and which took 2 years to germinate and another 5 to flower. Imagine the satisfaction though! I think they're both worth it!
on the plant for as long as you can, but taking care not to let them get damp or they'll rot. There's a bit of a skill to it as we discovered. If you pick them too early, they are still moist and stick to the pod. If you leave them too long they start turning