The story of Begonia Flamboyant started in 1902 with the introduction of a semi double flowering canary yellow Begonia named Royal Renaissance Helen Harmes.
Followed in 1911 with RR Flamboyant, bright red with yellow centre, then finally in 1932 the threesome was completed with RR Richard Galle, beautiful semi double apricot flowers.
Very strangely this exquisite Begonia almost died out completely, possibly due to the introduction of the non stop variety which has become very popular.
Fortunately growers have taken an interest in reintroducing this variety of Begonia. For information and availability of the Royal Renaissance group of Begonias here is a link which I think you may find interesting, Vale Royal Horticultural ltd
I remember how taken we were when first we spotted it in a neighbours garden, I just had to find out what it was. This was in the days before we started to enter our garden in the city’s gardens in bloom competition. The gardener seemed a little reluctant to tell us the variety, I don’t know why but anyway we did eventually trace it to Flamboyant. We managed to purchase forty of these tubers from Ben Reids Garden centre, this must have been about fifteen years ago. The tubers grow very large and in a few years we were able to divide them and by the time we got to the year 2010 we had 250 Flamboyant tubers.
This amazing Begonia smothered with red blooms about the size of a fifty pence piece has been the most important find for us regards our Summer bedding display.
By the end of last year we decided to cut back a bit on our Summer bedding, and on February of this year I gave away two hundred of these beauties. Our garden will still be highlighted with them and I probably will be trying to get my hands on a few of the new varieties being produced.
Hardiness – Treat as a half hardy annual, start the tubers into growth in the greenhouse early March. Bed them out first week in June.
Flamboyant tubers are available in Aberdeen, Feb/early April from Ben Reid Garden Centre.
I have been trying to get tubers of the variety Richard Galle, without success, If you have any information please get in touch.
In spite of the cool wet Summer which we have been having in Aberdeen here is some of the Roses which Have been flowering in our garden in the past five weeks or so.
Rosa Mundi in the round garden
Blush Noisette Climbing up an old Prunus Amanogawa.
A red climbing Rose in the round garden, unknown variety clinging to life with only one flower, it is being smothered with another vigorous specimen.
Felicia in the secret garden, unbelievable fragrance, Myras favourite.
Flower carpet Amber, introduced to the main border of the back garden last year.
Rose Adam Messerich in the main border of the back garden.
Jacques Cartier, in a container.
An unknown red rambler in the woodland area.
Finally an unknown old fashioned rose in the round garden
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