All begonias are unsurpassed, but this one is The Unsurpassed. Tuberous begonia- as the name suggests- grows from tubers whose appearance does not indicate nothing near the overwhelming beauty of the flowers they bring into the world. Being a fortunate result of multiple hybridisations this unusual plant has produced so many and so different cultivars that leafing through a catalogue - where they are portrayed- can cause uncontrollable but fruitful dizziness. Inspired by that aesthetically shocking experience, we should not wait any moment longer and order a lot of magic tubers. Time flies and quite soon they will have to be planted into pots to trigger the sleeping forces hidden inside.
Brown colours find it really difficult to be appreciated, especially in the garden. Unless we talk about garden tables and chairs - which more and more often look quite gaudy- you will not find a lot of examples of plants grown for their brown appearances. Thus all earth shades are almost absent for the whole year, except for the wintertime when everything around becomes more or less brown, which means devoid of life. It is not the fault of various brown colours to be totally neglected by our attention. Conversely, it might be our indifference to beautiful trunks, branches, stems, fruit and...flowers trying to appeal to us in winter. Although the flowers at that time of year are quite lifeless, their shape and colour might still look extremely attractive. So is the case of climbing hydrangea. Let us have a closer look.
Casta Diva - Pure Goddess - is one of the most beautiful operatic arias created by man and whose unbelievable beauty can be interpreted only by an opera singer with divine attributes. The aria, however, does not say anything about magnolias. Should we insist on looking for a floral element in the plot of the famous opera, we will find there only a bunch of... mistletoe twigs portrayed in the silver moonlight to boost their appearances. Well, if magnolias had grown in the places where high-priestesses like Norma could cut off sacred plants with a golden sickle, it would definitely have been the magic time of that marvellous trees in bloom. The high-pristesses would not even have noticed the insignificant mistletoe then. Maybe they would only have taken advantage of its enchanting properties and stole a kiss or let their kiss be stolen without any grave consequences. I hear magnolias are said to have similar powers, or am I mistaken? Springtime is coming soon, there will be a lot of opportunities to confirm the appealing suspicion on our own. It is a matter of mere patience.
I was destined to be born gardener. In order to become a professional one I had to enjoy years of studying at various schools and universities... read more