Day 32: rex begonias

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


There are two kinds of houseplant murderers – those that kill with kindness, and those whose horticultural homicides arise from neglect. Rex begonias are better suited to those with a tendency for the latter – as an excess of attentive ministrations with the watering can will do for them. Instead, the more lackadasical plant parent might eventually notice the fabulous foliage looking a trifle despondent, at which point a moderate watering will be sufficient to restore the plant to its former glory. In this respect, I find we’re perfectly suited.

This is Begonia rex ‘Blackberry swirl’, which I bought as a plug plant from the very wonderful Dibley’s nurseries, whose award-winning displays of begonias and streptocarpus enchant every year at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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