June 25, 2009

A new begonia for my collection

This past weekend, Jonathan Wright, a horticulturist from Chanticleer Garden outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, paid me a visit at my East Hampton home and presented me with a very special plant - a begonia called 'Lotusland.'  Jonathan grew this begonia from a cutting taken from Madam Ganna Walska's original plant at her estate called Lotusland.  Lotusland is a beautiful 37-acre botanic garden near Santa Barbara, California, created by Madame Walska. I am very pleased to add this lovely begonia to my collection growing in the greenhouse. I told you about my begonias a while back and I thought it would be nice to revisit them. Do you grow begonias and what are your favorites?

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This is the front of the card that Jonathan Wright gave me along with a cutting of this very same begonia. It is a spectacular plant with giant glossy dark green leaves.


Photos By Eliad Laskin