Unforgettable 2015

Part 3 – Light celebrations

I am jumping to August unforgettables, which are very appropriate for showing in this day of the winter solstice when the celebrations of light begin. Dahlia coccinea plants which had started to flower in the usual dark-red colour in July, surprised me with also some yellow flowers; this rarely happens! This is because it was grown from seeds, kindly gifted by Gill from Off the Edge Gardening two years ago. I would have never attempted to grow a Dahlia from seed otherwise (which by the way, is very easy).

Dahlia coccinea yellow
Then it came along Berkheya purpurea! I couldn’t take my eyes of this plant when visiting the Aspen Grove Gardens in early August. Grown from seed, in its full splendour and in the right light – it was simply stunning!
I wouldn’t have tried this South African plant, which is said to be hardy to zone 8! So, here’s to a more adventurous seed person than myself :) Watch here a video with this most beautiful garden, which incorporates a natural woodland setting typical for SW Ontario – Aspen Grove Gardens.

Berkheya purpurea

Berkheya purpurea flowering at Aspen Grove Gardens

May the light shine into your homes and hearts at this time of year!Berkheya purpurea single headA Merry Christmas to all!

You can also read more about Berkheya purpurea here.

4 replies
    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Thank you for the seeds :) Although I gave away a few in the spring, I have a large paper bag with tubers now! (and I’ll keep them all)

    • diversifolius
      diversifolius says:

      Thank you. The Dahlia flowers were enjoyed a lot, from late July till October! That’s what the double varieties are missing – the bee!

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