GBMD: The Flower Is...

The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944)

If the above quote is true, then in my view the Begonia 'Amour' by my front door is aptly named. I love the dark sultry leaves topped by the kind of shade of seductive red I don't usually go for. The plants nearby are green or have a similar shade of foliage, so it looks very much at home. Elsewhere in the garden it would clash horribly.

It was a chance discovery recently at my local garden centre and I immediately knew its purchase would solve the problem of finding something to fit well in my 'wheelbarrow' container for the summer. Most plants look out of place there, but the sprawling shape of this one is just right.

Garden Bloggers' Muse Day is hosted by Caroline Choi at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago.


  1. A very exotic wheelbarrow VP.

  2. Perfect begonias and the wheelbarrow is so cute!

  3. Have to say don't go a bundle on plants in barrows usually. BUT just one plant and one that is pzazzy enough to carry it off is fine and dandy. Hope enjoying summer VP?

  4. Wish I had picked that begonia my trailing one has very boring leaves but the flowers are still spectacular.

  5. I keep looking at fancy leaf begonias, but not bringing them home. I'm not sure why, but it may be that I don't have an appropriate planter for one. Your little wheelbarrow is perfect for the begonia. Or vice versa.

    It was lovely to meet you and your patient husband in Seattle. I hope you both enjoyed the rest of your trip.

  6. I am all for seductiveness in the garden - and everywhere. Beautiful planting.

  7. Chris - thanks, it's much more exotic than usual!

    Cecile - thank you :)

    Robert - it's the first time I've managed to find the perfect plant for that planter. Having a fine summer thanks, and you?

    Elaine - for once being slow with my summer plant purchases has worked well for me :)

    MMD - we had a marvellous time :) Hope to see you again either over the pond or in the UK...

    Commonweeder - great to meet you in Seattle!


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