Mother’s Day in 2013

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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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Reiger Begonias


With around 1,500 species, Begonia is the sixth largest genera of flowering plants. The American Begonia Society classifies begonias into several major groups: cane-like, shrub-like, tuberous, rhizomatous, semperflorens (or wax begonias), rex, trailing-scandent, thick-stemmed.

Reiger Begonias are a hybrid cross between tuberous and wax Begonias. They are not known in truly wild environment. Reiger Begonias produce beautiful ‘rose-like’ blooms in bright yellows, reds, pinks, and even white.


The Rieger begonia is also known as hiemalis begonia. The original plant was a cross between a standard wax begonia and a tuberous begonia and has since evolved into a thriving category of its own. They are also sometimes called elatior begonias.


Today, the flower variety is achieved by crossing existing hybrids with each other and standardizing for color.





Photos: Flower Dome, GBTH, Singapore 20120629

Source: Wikipedia, House Plants: Reiger Begonias

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Begonias and Bordeaux


My mother’s hands have NEVER touched a drop of soil- EVER!!! But she” loves nature ” so every year she supervises ” The Planting of the Begonias ” ! This, of course, involves me planting and she directing.

It always starts with a visit to the nursery.

This is where my mother carefully inspects each plant for color and size. Two reds, two peaches, two whites and two yellows…the same plants and colors every year. I once worked with a woman who, each year, planted red and white impatiens. Three red, three white, three red and so on in that order year after year. My mother is kind of like that.

Normally here is what happens- she picks out her eight begonias.

I carefully load them into the car.

We arrange them in the bed in front of her house.

I plant them.

I go home and pour a huge…

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