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).
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.
You can also read more about Berkheya purpurea here.