This is the time of year for the wonderful tree peony
The tree peony is an ancient plant which was revered by Japanese emperors 1000 years ago. They flower from early April until late May …..The papery flamboyant blooms and interesting foliage gives the impression that the plants are delicate but they are not!
This one is called Paeonia suffruticosa. It is also known as Chinese Tree Peony or Moutan peony.
You can see it in the side border at Rosebud Cottage and find them growing in the gardens at Highdown near Worthing. The gardens are open all year and admission is free. They are within easy reach of Steyning. Details at http://www.highdowngardens.co.uk/