I'd intended to arrive near the 9am starting time but didn't manage to get there until nearly 11:30am, by which time the tables were nearly cleared of sale items so I focused on the show specimens. Here are some of my favorites:
|Both of these were purchased by the same exhibitor as Begonia 'Celia'. They were hybridized by different growers.|
|Begonia 'Joe Hayden'|
|Begonia 'Little Brother Montgomery'|
|Begonia semperflorens 'Charm'|
|I couldn't find the label for this one but I think it could be Begonia 'Summerwings'|
|Begonia 'White Ice'|
I've always loved Begonias, especially the Rex Begonias grown primarily for their foliage. I grew them in the ground in my former shady garden but, even pampered in pots, I've had a harder time keeping them alive in my current garden. My lath (shade) house has helped but I have to be careful in managing their water as I seem to vacillate wildly between under- and over-watering them.
Despite the sparse supply of sale items when I arrived, I picked up 2 new plants in 4-inch pots.
|I've replanted both in slightly larger pots than the plastic ones they came in. The one on the left is 'Amberley' and the one on the right is 'Bundy Plum'.|
These augmented my existing small collection.
|From left to right are: 'Little Darling', a noID specimen, and 'Palomar Prince'. I have 2 others that were camera shy as they're not currently looking their best.|
Do you grow begonias? Do you have any favorites or, more important, any tips for keeping them healthy?
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