A little surprise

Some of you might recall that a few months ago I planted a couple of Begonia corms in pots. Begonia corms are different from the wax begonias we can find almost anywhere and different from the rhizomes too. Oh the begonia world is full of diversity. 

I had an initial success a few years ago (beginner’s luck) but I have failed in my efforts time and again since then to grow tuberous begonias.  I could have thought I was a failure again, but, like Winston Churchill, I never give up.

However, after patiently following the instructions on the White Flower Farm website video for planting and caring for the begonia corms, I waited for weeks for something to happen to my little corms but nothing ever did.  So, I called WFF and told them my corms were a bust and I wanted a refund.  WFF complied and credited my account. 

Meanwhile, I kept hovering over the pots holding the corms, breathing carbon dioxide on them, talking to them, and adding a bit of water to the pot now and then (too much water rots the corm I’ve learned).

This morning, I was having coffee with David and giving him his garden assignments and I happened to look down at the little pot on the kitchen table, and noticed a tiny growth emerging from the pot.  “My corm,” I shouted in joy, “My corm has sprouted.  I am so happy.”

Now I don’t know which corm this is, because I mixed them up a while back, but I am pretty sure it is Nelle Gwynne, a cultivated begonia from Blackmore and Langdon in London. If so, she will look like the photo to the left when she blooms. And bloom she will because like Mother Nature and Winston Churchill, I never give up.

5 thoughts on “A little surprise

  1. Do they look like roses in real life? I had never heard of this variety. You continue to expand my horizons, a much better option than expanding my. . . . um . . horizons through culinary adventures.

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  2. Or perish in the attempt!
    Are you going to tell the growers that you were a little hasty in complaining?

    I hope the begonia (I seriously dislike the waxy variety – I call them funeral flowers) will repay your mollycoddling and give you much pleasure.

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    • Begonias over here are linked to births not deaths. Pots of them can be found in Maternity Wards. When I was a young mother, I loved the wax begonias, the only plant I could keep alive. I like all begonias and have several of every type…wax, tuberous or corm and the kind grown for foliage only…the Angel Wing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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