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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

B for ABC Wednesday

Begonia



My garden is a fictional plot. At no time have I considered myself to be proficient in identifying or growing any green thing. Or any other colored thing, for that matter. You might remember a few years back when I was totally excited about the first tiny green tomato that grew from its upside down plant. What an experience that was.

Somewhere along the way, a daughter bought this gorgeous begonia because I drooled, ever so slightly, and...after all, what's a daughter to do when she knows her mother wants something?

Unfortunately, the plant lasted only long enough for a few photos but I can still see those leaves which looked air brushed with metallic paint and the tiny blossoms which had more appeal than a chocolate-covered cherry. I'd never seen anything like it and don't expect I'll run into another one in this lifetime. Absolutely beautiful.

 I checked the American Begonia Society site and decided it might be of the 'rex' family. What do you think?


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29 comments:

photowannabe said...

I do love begonias. They come in such a choice of colors. Never could grow them myself though. I guess i don't have much of a green thumb for delicate flowers.

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful photo of a gorgeous flower!! Perfect for the B Day! I love begonias, too! I manage to grow a few house plants, but then I have lived in apartments for so long I've forgotten what it was like to grow things in a garden!! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Roger Owen Green said...

I think I can kill plants faster than you can...
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Kay L. Davies said...

I've had a few begonias given to me over the years, but this one is absolutely beautiful. I can see why you wanted it, and why your daughter wanted you to have it.
I think I can kill plants faster than Roger can.

—Kay, Alberta, Canada

Karen said...

A lovely plant, I too have a brown thumb....

sandy said...

Yes, I do think so.
I do okay with them outdoors, but not inside. That is pretty one.

Leslie: said...

Love your beautiful begonia, but alas I have no green thumb. I just pray it rains enough outside for the plants to survive.

Leslie
abcw team

Jane and Chris said...

What a lovely plant, they remind me of a holiday in Cornwall when I was a child. A house had giant begonias all along the front.
Jane x

Laurie Kolp said...

I'm the same with flowering plants. They last for awhile and then wither out.

Beautiful essay!

Kathy said...

I wouldn't know the variety but if it's pink and it's a flower, I love it!

Wanda said...

It is certainly a lovely picture. Begonians are such vibrant in color and delicate in looks.

Carver said...

I love begonias. I like the leaves as much as the flowers.

Paula Scott said...

A stunning example of a begonia and I agree-they are quite magical and impossible to keep alive!

Hildred and Charles said...

Begonias are so lush and colourful in a pot, - and the leaves are almost as decorative as the flowers. Love them.

Reader Wil said...

Begonias are also my favourite plants, yet I have none in my gardeb. I have only very strong geraniums, which need only very little attention, for I am sometimes away for a long holiday.

Joy said...

Such pretty plants, we grow them as annuals here, but they do last until the first frosts. My friend always buys loads in late spring and fills a border, looks wonderful.

Friko said...

Why did it live for only such a short time? Begonias are pretty indestructible.
I hope you didn't commit murder?

jabblog said...

I think you're right - Begonia rex. They are lovely and I've never managed to keep any for any length of time. It's a good thing children and animals are hardier - and can make their voices heard!

Kim, USA said...

Yes they are from begonia family. And seems I also don't have a luck with this plant they seem like you have to take care of them right. Love your photo!

Blue

Andy said...

This is stunning.
I love flowers and always have them in our home, but apart from the common names, I'm afraid I would be clueless.

nonizamboni said...

Amazing and little 'other-worldly' but I love that your daughter made your wish come true.

p.s. My husband is back in Coeur d'Alene with his high school buddy ready to ride their motorcycles to Glacier.

Gigi Ann said...

I think it is beautiful.

Beverley Baird said...

I love begonias - but I kill them- whether inside or out! At least we have the photos! lol

Jo Bryant said...

So beautiful

Mad Kane said...

LOL! I too have black thumb.


Mad Kane

RuneE said...

You have my sympathy. I have the same kind of green fingers that you have, and I specialize in mosses ...

Thank you for the kind comment. it was much appreciated.

annell said...

It is so beautiful!!!!

Lyn said...

Beauty speaks for itself..and to be elevated above chocolate covered cherries..my word, that's really something!!

Pblacksaw said...

I love begonias.. you should try again.. they are really easy to grow.. and they come in a wide range of colors..
Patsy