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Big, blousy and beautiful, either you love begonias or hate them. I'll admit to being torn between the two, loving them in private but being a little embarrassed to admit my affections in public. Perhaps they appeal to my feminine side, but let
Wales. I've enjoyed their stunning displays of streptocarpus, begonias and indoor plants at the Chelsea Flower Show, Gardeners' World Live and other events for many years, and am always tempted to try something new.
for my attention, and soon ending up with a new owner. Then, having satisfied my desire for lilies, I'd visit another garden centre where other temptations — dahlias, begonias, gladioli — would prove irresistible.Pictorial packs are designed
' as a general catch-all term for those plants that can be grown from dormant bulbs, corms, tubers and rhizomes. Among my regular favourites are begonias, dahlias, canna lilies and eucomis, the pineapple flower. Then there's galtonia, the summer hyacinth
, lined with pots of chillies, aubergines, peppers, begonias and more. These deep trays hold a large reservoir of water – easily enough for a week or more. So, other than opening the greenhouse each morning before work and closing vents at night, I don
to me waiting to be read. I know that I'll be growing tomatoes, chillies, cucumbers, climbing courgettes, and some of those trailing begonias that did so well last summer, so I must choose my varieties. Planning for the year ahead will give me something