Archive | 6 July 2012

Begonias Revisited


Garden Propaganda

Remember my post on large flowered tuberous begonias about a month ago?

http://gardenpr0paganda.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/large-flowered-begonias/

Well they were well overdue for potting up which is unfortunate because my trip to England is in three days and I have about a million things to do before I leave.

I foolishly bought too many of them.  Mail ordered some and instead of sending me the three tubers of each color that were offered they very kindly sent me four or five of each color.   Ack!  I am gardening on a little balcony that is already packed full of plants.  Thanks for the free gift but I would have preferred receiving fewer plants not extras!

That didn’t stop me from picking up a few more in different colors from various garden centers I visited before my order arrived.  I’m kind of a dummy when it comes to buying first and making room later.

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Large Flowered Begonias


Garden Propaganda

As much as I lament the loss of my old balconies full baking sun one cool benefit is the ability to grow some shade plants.  Now if I have my choice between big double flowers and dainty little natural species flowers I will usually pick the latter.  But for some reason I love the absurdly oversized flowers of tuberous Begonias.  Not the little bedding ones you buy in flats. I’m talking the giant ones with big monster sized flowers.

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Down the rabbit hole: plantkiller in begonia land


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I stumbled into a strange and oddly exhilarating world yesterday… the secret society of Begonia lovers. (OK, it’s not so secret. The Buxton Branch of the American Begonia Society meets at the Wellesley Library and even advertises co-potlucks with the Gesneriad Society. But it feels like they should have a secret knock, because they speak their own language, are fonts of arcane knowledge and even practice ancient magic — the mysterious art of making plants from plants…)

Yes, I got very brave yesterday and ventured forth to the Begonias and Gesneriads Propagation class at Tower Hill Botanic Garden. The class complimented a Begonias and Gesneriads (plant group best known for the African Violet) show… and when they say “show” they mean, like Best in Show, with blue ribbons and Honorable Mentions and so forth. My best friend nailed it: “You were waaaaaay down the rabbit hole.” Yes. Yes…

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