When I saw that this new begonia from Woolmans was bred by Cambridgeshire-based Kerley & Co I knew it had to be worth a mention. David Kerley has received much praise in these posts in the past, largely for his Tumbelina petunias.
Colourful, fragrant begonias are not entirely new – there have been large-flowered, tuberous kinds for at least a decade. But this is something new, a trailing, multiflowered plant with moderate-sized blooms in a delicious coral pink. But the real charm though is the rose scent.
“Sweet Coral Cascade is really free-flowering, but for me its extra-special quality is the strong, rich, rose-like fragrance”, says Laura Oakes of Woolmans. “It also has lovely, glossy foliage to set off the flowers, which are disease-resistant and tolerant of poor weather, so it is a great all-rounder and blooms from June right through to autumn frosts. We are proud to offer this exclusively to UK gardeners in 2016.
A pack of five jumbo plugs of Begonia Sweet Coral Cascade is priced at £12.95 (plus postage and packing) for despatch in April 2016. When flowering finishes in autumn, the tubers may be saved and stored dry and frost-free before starting them into growth again the following spring.
To request a copy of the Woolmans Chrysanthemum and Ornamental Plant Catalogue 2016, go online at http://www.woolmans.com , telephone 0845 658 9137 or write to Woolmans, Western Avenue, Matrix Park, Chorley PR7 7NB.
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