I think it was Farah Fawcett-Majors or someone like her, who was seduced by President Kennedy and described it as “the most significant 18 seconds of my life”. It sometimes feels like that in June in the garden, when the stars, such as the poppies and the peonies, show their brilliance for all too short a date. Fortunately this year there were enough to go around. We have one of the best peony suppliers in the country just up the road from here at Cath’s Garden Plants. Gradually, thanks to them, I’m building up a good stock, including this year’s winner, a scented variety with fluffy white petals. If only they lasted for more than the horticultural equivalent of 18 seconds.