Day 201: polkadot begonia

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


Begonia maculata ‘Wightii’ arrived from Dibleys this week, along with Begonia luxurians – two plants I’ve long been meaning to add to my collection of houseplants, but have only just gotten around to introducing. The polkadot or trout begonia (a.k.a. ‘Angel Wings’) is at present a tiny, three-leaved thing, though I’ve seen specimens approaching two metres in height. That’s a problem for another day. For now, I’m going to try to squeeze it in with the rex begonias on the north facing kitchen window ledge – bright, but no direct sun light – where I can make sure it’s kept reasonably moist and gaze at its gorgeous foliage while doing the washing up.

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