Hallelujah! There’s finally a new bloom in the garden.
This hardy gloxinia was added a couple of months ago. Purchased at the Raleigh Farmers Market from my favorite plant vendor, Urban Oasis, it settled in quickly and began to grow in just a few weeks.
I was surprised, however, to discover it in bloom, as my shady garden doesn’t lend itself to drama after the excitement of spring has passed. This spot gets about 30 minutes of light in the early afternoon (around 2ish) and, luckily, the plant has received a good bit of moisture from afternoon thunderstorms, as the sloping site is especially well drained.
I know nothing about this particular hybrid, it’s not in my most reliable reference book, and I can’t find a thing about it on the internet. Who cares?! It’s a pretty little bloom in an eye-catching red, with an orange-yellow throat dotted with dark spots. The foliage is rather nice too, don’t you think?