Mother’s Day in 2013

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society.


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

Queensland Begonia Society in Happy New Year and Season Greetings with City Skyline, Mountains, Spotlights and Fireworks
Continuing the festive spirit as 2012 departs and 2013 arrives, Queensland Begonia Society would like to thank and appreciate, wholeheartedly, everybody who visited, liked and/or commented on various posts and pages, with the gesture and formality of presenting this stylish 2012 Annual Report, based on some data from the “stats helper monkeys” at WordPress.
Here is an excerpt from the Annual Report of
Queensland Begonia Society
  • 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. Queensland Begonia Society had 7,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.
  • In 2012, there were 47 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 98 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 16 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per week.
  • The busiest day of the year was 19th August with 139 views.
  • The most popular post on that day was About.

Attractions in 2012

These are the posts that received the most views in 2012:

  1. 2012 Annual Show 3 comments
  2. Brussels Biennial Flower Carpet: Blooming Begonia Art 3 comments
  3. Gallery 6 comments
  4. About 3 comments
  5. Begonias–My New Favorite Flower 5 comments

How did visitors find Queensland Begonia Society?

Some visitors came searching mostly for begonia rex, queensland begonia society, curly fireflush begonia, begonia hybrida caravan, and begonia.

Where did visitors come from?

There were visitors from 88 countries in all. Most visitors came from Australia. The United States and Spain were not far behind.

Global Map of Visitors to Queensland Begonia Society

25 August 2012 to End of 2012

Global Map of Visitors to Queensland Begonia Society from 25 August 2012 to End of 2012

Who were the visitors of Queensland Begonia Society?

The post receiving the most comments in 2012 was Greetings!.

These were the 5 most active commenters:

  1. Olwyn 6 comments
  2. Lois 2 comments
  3. June McBryde 2 comments
  4. Sheryl 1 comments
  5. Logee’s Plants for Home & Garden… Specializing in Rare and Unusual Plants 1 comments

Season Greetings from SoundEagle: Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Joyful Holiday

Click here to contact SoundEagle (Web Administrator and Designer)SoundEagle says: I would like to share the following poem with all followers and members of the Queensland Begonia Society.

I have a list of folks I know all written in a book,Begonia cultivars
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.

Each name denotes someone who has crossed my path sometime,Rex Begonia
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.

And while you may not be aware of any special link,Begonia coriacea
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.

So never think that my Christmas greeting is just a mere routine,Begonia 'Cranberry Curl'
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,Begonias
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.

So every year when Christmas comes, I realize anew,Begonia 'Fireworks'
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.

Author is unknown or contested, and many variations and adaptations exist.

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Friendship Day

Queensland Begonia Society Friendship Day



Set Subject

Species Talk

Culture Hint

Demonstration, Presentation, Workshop or Discussion

20 OCT
Merthyr Uniting Church Hall

Friendship Day

Begonias with distinctive foliage
Enid Henderson

Begonia pedatifida
Joan Taylor
Daphne Sellwood
  • Focus on terrarium culture.
  • Extended afternoon tea for visitors.

FRIENDSHIP DAY: Traditionally held annually on the third Saturday of the month of October. Starting at 1pm, it is a fun afternoon with Lucky Door prizes and Raffle prizes. Open to all interested folks and other garden club members from Queensland and elsewhere. Admission is by invitation from or pre-registration with the president or secretary. To attend, contact Peter Henderson on

(07) 3359 4319 in Australia or (617) 3359 4319 overseas

Come and join us at our society meeting for an informative, fun-filled day with yummy food and nice raffles.

Mother’s Day Preview in the Store

limelight floral design

Jersey City NJ mother's day plants

When Mother’s Day comes, we find ourselves back into the little kids’ corner, letting our imagination run wild, making little mud cakes and planting colorful flowering plants to scream how much childhood is still lingering through our veins.

Here are some fun projects for this week:

Bring the Bromeliads, Begonias, Hyacinths and Gerberas into the store and put them in silly baskets on which we personally painted silly hearts and splurged on with polka dotted ribbons. These will sit pretty outside the store and will probably find loving homes before even Saturday ends.

Bring the miniature baby orchids in and plant them in white glass vases.

Make dangerous, desert under water terrariums and price them all. These will bring in all the little curious boys with dreams of keeping their dangerous geckos in there or tarantulas or God knows what else little boys dream of when they see these things.

And then there will be flowers…

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Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is a celebration honouring mothers and celebrating motherhood, maternal bonds and the influence of mothers in society.

Earth Day

Queensland Begonia Society on Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth‘s natural environment. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network,[1] and is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year.[2] In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.[3] Earth Day is planned for April 22 in all years at least through 2015.[4]


This planet is not terra firma.
It is a delicate flower and it must be cared for.
It’s lonely.
It’s small.
It’s isolated, and there is no resupply.
And we are mistreating it.

– Scott Carpenter, astronaut

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.

– Biblical proverb

It is only when we are aware of the earth and of the earth as poetry that we truly live.

– Henry Beston, 1935, Herbs and the Earth

Touch the earth, love the earth, honour the earth, her plains, her valleys, her hills, and her seas; rest your spirit in her solitary places.

– Henry Beston

I conjure you, my brethren, to remain faithful to earth, and do not believe those who speak unto you of superterrestrial hopes! Poisoners they are, whether they know it or not.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

Remain true to the earth.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

I thought how utterly we have forsaken the Earth, in the sense of excluding it from our thoughts. There are but few who consider its physical hugeness, its rough enormity. It is still a disparate monstrosity, full of solitudes, barrens, wilds. It still dwarfs, terrifies, crushes. The rivers still roar, the mountains still crash, the winds still shatter. Man is an affair of cities. His gardens, orchards and fields are mere scrapings. Somehow, however, he has managed to shut out the face of the giant from his windows. But the giant is there, nevertheless.

– Wallace Stevens, Letters, p. 73

The earth is not a mere fragment of dead history, stratum upon stratum like the leaves of a book, to be studied by geologists and antiquaries chiefly, but living poetry like the leaves of a tree, which precede flowers and fruit — not a fossil earth, but a living earth; compared with whose great central life all animal and vegetable life is merely parasitic.

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Earth teach me to forget myself
as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me resignation
as the leaves which die in the fall.
Earth teach me courage
as the tree which stands all alone.
Earth teach me regeneration
as the seed which rises in the spring.

– William Alexander, A Father’s Book, 1997

Talk of mysteries! Think of our life in Nature — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks. The solid earth!

– Henry David Thoreau

Go where he will, the wise man is at home,
His hearth the earth, his hall the azure dome.

– Ralph W. Emerson

The earth is the very quintessence of the human condition.

– Hannah Arendt

It was not until we saw the picture of the earth, from the moon, that we realized how small and how helpless this planet is — something that we must hold in our arms and care for.

– Margaret Mead

As we begin to comprehend that the earth itself is a kind of manned spaceship hurtling through the infinity of space — it will seem increasingly absurd that we have not better organized the life of the human family.

– Hubert H. Humphrey

Smile O voluptuous coolbreathed earth!
Earth of the slumbering and liquid trees!
Earth of departed sunset!
Earth of the mountains misty-top!
Earth of the vitreous pour of the full moon just tinged with blue!
Earth of shine and dark mottling the tide of the river!
Earth of the limpid gray of clouds brighter and clearer for my sake!
Far-swooping elbowed earth!
Rich apple-blossomed earth!
Smile, for your lover comes!

– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, 1855, I Celebrate Myself, Line 439

God owns heaven, but He craves the earth.

– Anne Sexton

Gardening is not a rational act. What matters is the immersion of the hands in the earth, that ancient ceremony of which the Pope kissing the tarmac is merely a pallid vestigial remnant.

– Margaret Attwood

I am interested in the way that we look at a given landscape and take possession of it in our blood and brain. None of us lives apart from the land entirely; such an isolation is unimaginable. If we are to realize and maintain our humanity, we must come to a moral comprehension of earth and air as it is perceived in the long turn of seasons and of years.

– N. Scott Momaday

To see the earth as we now see it, small and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the unending night — brothers who see now they are truly brothers.

– Archibald MacLeish

The word humility (also human) is derived from the Latin humus, meaning “the soil”. Perhaps this is not simply because it entails stooping and returning to earthly origins, but also because, as we are rooted in this earth of everyday life, we find in it all the vitality and fertility unnoticed by people who merely tramp on across the surface, drawn by distant landscapes.

– Piero Ferrucci, Inevitable Grace

God does not die on that day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die when our lives cease to be illuminated by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reasoning. … When the sense of the earth unites with the sense of one’s body, one becomes earth of the earth, a plant among plants, an animal born from the soil and fertilizing it. In this union, the body is confirmed in its pantheism.

– Dag Hammarskjold

I pledge devotion to the earth, our one and only home, and to the life this earth sustains; one nation, one spirit indivisible, with freedom and fulfillment for all.

– Bruce Hagen, New Pledge of Allegiance, 1983