My order from Brent and Becky's arrived on Friday: very modest, just 5 Begonia grandis, 10 Formosa lilies and 5 Lilium superbum, a new one for me.
I spent a happy, cool afternoon potting them and sprucing up the terrace. Also putting the pretty China to the use for which it was intended...
The superbums, above and below, at $6.24 a piece, seemed teeny! Half an inch in diameter, and appeared to be immature, stem bulblets harvested from above a mother bulb, rather than bulbs that had born a crop of flowers already. But I am not familiar with them so sent off an email to Brent and Becky's asking if they expected them to flower this year. Within 5 minutes Becky herself had replied, saying Yes! They will flower. Later I found that one bulb had rotted, so I have four planted. I admit I am sceptical. But you'll hear about the results.
The Formosas (not pictured) seemed normal, though a little small.
I have only ever worked with hardy begonias that are potted in quarts or larger, so the bulbs (below) seemed small to me, with one on the squishy side with no signs of life. I potted four. At $5.00 a piece I think it worthwhile to ask for one replacement. It might seem petty, but I am not a trust fund gardener. Is it petty?
These are begonias from Glover Perennials, planted two summers ago in a Brooklyn garden I designed. Will mine look like this?
Things are happening fast. The heatwave last week jump started a lot of growth.
And the first fly of the season has just flown into the apartment...Bzzzz!
* 4/13/10: Emailed Brent and Becky's about replacement bulbs and waiting to hear back.