Begonia Sutherlandii

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Another plant from Barry’s garden. He had this one growing in a large green pot and sitting on a table with other orange-themed plants.

I think it might be time for me to publicly recant every bad thing I have ever said about begonias in the past. Especially now that I am in love with tuberous begonias and have been growing a few of my own for years. I love the soft orange flowers and deep orange veining in the leaves of this type.

I’m sorry begonias of the world. You are not all ugly little plants destined for a cheap public parks garden in the shape of a maple leaf. Or giant clock. Or a giant clock backed by a giant maple leaf.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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4 thoughts on “Begonia Sutherlandii

  1. I must admit I’m in the same boat.

    I used to scoff at begonias until discovered tuberous begonias (partial to the yellow myself).
    Every year I have a pot of tuberous begonias on my front stoop. I don’t really like roses but I seem to be into rose-styled blooms, such as tuberous begonias, ranunculus, globeflower…kind of odd when I think about it.

  2. I share Liane’s preferences, and grow roses, ranunculus and such plants and bulbs. I have as yet not had success with tuberous begonias, but will surely try them once more.

  3. This begonia is the only one I grow. I already have an addiction to a number of plant families, and suspect that begonias could easily take over my life. So I resist. The Montreal Botanic Garden has a wonderful collection. Viewing them evokes lots of oohing and ahhing, a bit like watching fierworks.

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