Committed gardeners will know the name of Kelways of Langport, an historic nursery rightly celebrated for its breeding of luscious peonies.

My friend Carol, who works near their Langport site, told me of the trial beds still prospering, where Edwardian train travellers once made their trains pause a while purely to enjoy the spectacle of these beauties.

Here is the photograph she sent me, showing just how tough these long-lived plants really are, thriving amidst the benign neglect.