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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

To Be-gonia or Not to Be-gonia, That is the Question

Begonias get a bad rap, and I am partly to blame. As the new Floriculture Director of Landscape Services, Inc, I have a tendency to take on a snobbish disdain for the plebeian bronze-leaf or green-leaf wax begonia. But when push comes to 100 degree drought shove, these ordinary plants tend to hold up to extraordinary conditions. Then there are exotic rex begonias and the dreamy hybrids like Begonia 'Bonfire'. 

 I choose "To Be..."

This unknown angel wing begonia is beautifully paired with a vibrant chartruese hosta.


At August 2, 2012 at 2:02 AM , Blogger Bernie H said...

One of my favourite plants, especially the Rexs. The brilliant foliage and the lovely flower spikes make them a must-have for me. Loved 'Bonfire'. That hasn't appeared in the nurseries here yet. Fingers crossed that it will soon!

At August 2, 2012 at 8:02 AM , Blogger Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

There are some very interesting begonias out there. Nice choices for that blue container.

At August 8, 2012 at 8:12 PM , Anonymous Anne Higgins said...

I love your photographs!


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