Bergenia crassifolia was the star bloom in my children’s hand-picked Mother’s Day posy, but I confess I didn’t even recognise it. At first I thought it was some prized bulb I had planted in the autumn. The boys must have detected the note in my voice when I said “That one is lovely – where’s it from?” because they chorused “It’s ok, there were lots of them!”
I admit I have never been particularly keen on the Bergenia flower when it is attached to its plant. To me it looks rather artificial sticking out from those big ‘elephant ear’ leaves. I grow the plant as the leaves make such great ground cover in a shady north-facing border beside the house and hide ugly drainage pipes.
Now my children have shown me how pretty the flower is in its own right, I will regard it as a cutting flower.
Enjoy your week.