This morning i received a book through the post from Blackmore and Langdon – “Specialist growers and breeders of Beginias and Delphiniums”. Usually i have only looked at the Begonias in their booklet because Delphiniums tend to be 5ft-6ft, far too tall. But today i noticed that they have some “Dwarf Delphiniums”, the smallest of which is only 3ft – A beautiful blue called “Cupid”. Some of the taller Begoinias are listed as 3ft. As there are no blue Double Tuberous Begonias, i thought it would add a different colour amongst my Begonias. I don’t know anything about Delphiniums, yet, so i decided to order one to see what it looked like, and to experiment with growing it.
I see they have a new Begonia for 2009 called “Olivia” which looks a lovely colour,and it says that it has a fragrance. There don’t look to be enough petals on the bloom though to make a good show plant, of course it could just be a picture of a bad bloom. One i ordered this year called “John Smith” has a poor picture in the booklet, i would never have ordered it from that picture but when i looked at their web site there was a brilliant picture of “John Smith”, and i was curious as it is supposed to have a fragrance – Begonias don’t normally have a fragrance. Also “Melissa” looks purple in the book, but the actual bloom is pink with a pale centre. I suppose that shows that the picture can’t always be an accurate guide!
- 20 Mar, 2008
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