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9 thoughts on “Greetings!

  1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All and Sundry!

    I would like to share the following poem with all members of the Queensland Begonia Society. (Author is unknown or contested, and many variations and adaptations exist.)

    Begonia cultivars
    I have a list of folks I know all written in a book,
    And every year at Christmas time I go and take a look.
    And that is when I realize that these names are of a part,
    Not of the book in which they’re written, but of my very heart.

    Rex Begonia
    Each name denotes someone who has crossed my path sometime,
    And in that meeting they’ve become the rhythm of the rhyme.
    And while it sounds fantastic of me to make this claim,
    I really feel that I’m composed of each remembered name.

    Begonia coriacea
    And while you may not be aware of any special link,
    Just meeting you has shaped my life more than you can think.
    For once you’ve met somebody, those years they can’t erase,
    The memories of a pleasant word or of a friendly face.

    Begonia 'Cranberry Curl'
    So never think that my Christmas greeting is just a mere routine,
    Of names upon a Christmas list forgotten in between.
    For when I send a Christmas greeting that is addressed to you,
    It’s because you’re on that list of folks whom I am indebted to.

    For I’m but a total of the many ones I’ve met,
    And you happen to be one of those I prefer not to forget.
    And whether I’ve known you for many years or few,
    In some way you had a part in shaping things I do.

    Begonia 'Fireworks'
    So every year when Christmas comes, I realize anew,
    The biggest gift that life can give is meeting someone like you.
    And may the spirit of Christmas that forever and ever endures,
    Leave its richest blessings in the heart of you and yours.


    • Thank you, Ronnie, for your compliment on the poem and photos, and for the information on the Philadelphia Flower Show. Undoubtedly, it will be another floral extravaganza of epic proportion rivaling the Chelsea Flower Show, and another memorable exhibition for you and your family.

      I would like to inform you of my main website at currently undergoing many expansions and improvements. You will find my poems, essays, musical compositions and graphical designs there, as well as various discussions and photos.

      Also visit to get a full sense of what the website contains. Happy exploring and Happy New Year!


  2. Pingback: 2012 in Review – Queensland Begonia Society’s Annual Report with Season Greetings, Statistics, City Skyline, Mountains, Spotlights and Fireworks! | Queensland Begonia Society

  3. Hi there! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my good old room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this page to him.

    Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!


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