James aims to start bloomin’ good flower club

James Stewart with some of his begonias.
James Stewart with some of his begonias.
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A green-fingered flower fan is setting his sights on growing something a little different – a new club for like-minded bloom lovers.

James Stewart, from Alnwick, is particularly passionate about begonias and the 66-year-old is keen to set-up a group for people with an interest in this type of flowering plant.

He envisages the club, aimed at those living in the North East of England and the borders, would help provide growers with hands-on and face-to-face information.

The group would also strive towards growing championship-form begonias, which need to have blooms of nine-inches or more.

“There is a bit of a gap,” he said.

“I discovered that if I wanted to get information about begonias I had to travel to either Glasgow or Dunfermline in the north or Leeds in the south, so I wanted to start up a group for the North East and the borders.

“Begonias require care and they are difficult to look after.”

James is currently growing around 30 named varieties of begonia and he has exhibited at shows.

To help raise awareness of the new club, James will be putting on a display of begonias at Dobbies, in Ponteland, on Sunday and Monday.

“It will let people see what these flowers can do,” he said.

For details about the club, contact James on 07960 507016 or email jgrstewart@jgrstew art.plus.com