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    Another visit to France & another chance to visit the town of Rochfort to view the Conservortorie du Bégonia. It was a little strange look I got from the tour guide & when he approached me I was a little apprehensive, it then frightened me to realise he had recognised me from 3 years ago on the last visit I had made there.
  Again I wasn't disappointed in the doorway were cane varieties 10-12 foot high with bunches of flowers hanging down like grapes. Hanging baskets down to waist height in perfect round shapes. It's quite amazing how many of the plants are grown in baskets, even saw a plant of Luxurians 14 foot high it wasn't until closer inspection it was growing also in a basket 4 foot from the ground but the plant looked as if it was growing from the ground. I marvelled at the cane varieties grown around the greenhouse, even these that are grown in baskets as well as pots. I'm always in awe of of the diversity of the Begonia the coloration the leafs shapes whether small or large & the flowers always look perfect.
   The plants look so well grown that I'm sure they could all look good on a show bench. I would say to anyone it's so worth a visit, so much I will be going again only this time I have been told to ring for a personal tour of the Conservatoire.
    I have been so impressed with cane varieties over the last few years not just in France but at the National show & Ayr with the Scottish Society, that I am going to grow a few canes -  watch this space.

      

                     

Conservaroire du Bégonia  .

ROCHEFORT BEGONIAS 2012 1

ROCHEFORT BEGONIAS 2012 2

ROCHEFORT BEGONIAS 2012 3

PHIL CHAMPION'S DIARY 2011 -  THE LONELY BEGONIA GROWER     PHIL'S GREENHOUSE  2008

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