Sheep garden blog: begonia 'glowing embers'

Tiffany Daneff / 28 November 2014

Very sadly the cold weather has brought an end to the seemingly endless bounty of my new favourite Begonia, ‘Glowing Embers’.

I bought it in June in a 9cm pot from, who are now supplying plants to Waitrose, which is a great boon if you’re in need of a sudden hit of colour.  

The idea was to brighten up the herb garden and it has certainly done that. Indeed it has flowered non stop from June to November and is now sitting on the window sill indoors, still with some flowers on it, although they are fast fading and falling.  But that’s fair dos, after putting out for so long.

Some people can be snotty about begonias. They lump the whole family together with Bizzylizzies as “municipal”.  Sure, some are rather too loud and unnatural looking, flowers too big and brassy.  Some have uninteresting leaves. But Glowing Embers has beautifully clear veining on the dark leaves which contrast perfectly with the delicate apricot orange flowers.  

It has elegance and poise. And yet it’s no pushover. I potted up mine into an old rusted bucket where it has neither succumbed to slugs nor gone all wimpy from whipping winds or strong sun. It’s just grown and grown and flowerered non stop.  And all I’ve done is give it a weekly feed.

What more can you ask?

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