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I have uploaded my photos from this years shows here at growsonyou. I was uploading my pictures to gardeners click as well, but i could only upload them one at a time, and there doesn’t seem to be any email alert when there is a comment on the pictures – so if i wanted to view comments and reply to them i would have to keep looking through my pictures – i don’t have the time for that. I’m going to stick to keeping my garden / plant / show pictures up to date here at growsonyou. I might leave a few pictures at gardeners click, but it obviously isn’t as user friendly as goy. What attracted me was that Chris Beardshaw and Terry something off BBC radio are featured on that site, i came across it advertised at one of the shows i visited.
There’s also a picture wesite with Yahoo called flickr, i may well put pictures there too as they don’t have to be garden related there. And also at you Tube i have a few videos uploaded. I must say i do quite enjoy taking photos, and the digital videos, it just takes time to sort and upload them all.
I seem to remember linking a you tube video here, but i can’t remember how i did it now. If you have pictures, or are visiting any of those sites, i’ve stuck with the name marksbegonias, just in case anyone is interested.
In the greenhouse all the Begonias are in for the winter now, they’re going down and i am checking regularly to clear away any dead leaves.
The cuttings from 2009 are all in one greenhouse which is still at 52F, i shall try to keep them going as long as i can to try and get as good a tuber as i can.

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Glad to hear you're keeping your photos on here - love begonias and I really enjoy all your shots. I use Flickr as well. It's so easy to use and, as you say, it's not just garden related - you can create sets of photos on there ... gardening could be just one set. Will be looking out for Marksbegonias on Flickr as well.

26 Oct, 2009


i must bring my begaonias in for the winter. thanks for the timely reminder.

26 Oct, 2009


I'm glad that you like the photos. I shall have to try to sort my flickr photos out a bit better and put them in sets, before i loose track of what i have on there.
Good luck getting your plants in, i don't think we've had a real frost yet. I've found the stems go all soggy and disintigrate if they're left out too long.

26 Oct, 2009


Nice to have you back, Mark! We are the BEST on GOY!!! I've grown begonias for the very first time - 'Aromantics' and 'Candy Frills'. Now all I have to do is keep them safe until next year! :-))

26 Oct, 2009


Glad to be back, and you're right GOY is the best - it's much better to be informed when there is a comment, then i can read it and have the opportunity to reply, if appropriate.
I must say i hadn't actually left, but due to lack of time i haven't been on here as much lately. But i'm not bothering to put all my picture up at gardeners click now, so that will save some time.
I will put my picture on flickr, though i may not put all my pictures that are on here onto flickr as well - but flickr is super fast at uploading pictures.
Good luck with your Begonias, by the way.

27 Oct, 2009


Thanks. Any advice from our expert please? (YOU!) lol.

27 Oct, 2009


I would never class myself as an expert, but i'm certainly happy to offer any advice that helps.

27 Oct, 2009


Thanks, Mark. :-)) Would the tubers/corms be best in dry compost, or in sawdust for the winter? In the shed - or greenhouse?

27 Oct, 2009


I know that a lot of growers keep their tubers in dry peat / compost over winter. I've not heard any say they use sawdust, but it may well work.
I tend to keep my tubers in seed trays, with an elastic band round to hold the right label with the right tuber, where i can see them. I check them over regularly for any sign of the vine weevil. If they are there you will see little holes in the tuber, and there is likely to be a little pile of what looks like sawdust (it's the tuber where they have burrowed into the tuber). Once you get vine weevil they move from tuber to tuber meaning you loose a lot, if not all of your stock. I would check from time to time even if you do bury them for the winter. The little white grubs are what do the damage, i believe they will eat the roots of any plant, especialy in tubs or pots.
I haven't had any problems with not keeping them buried, they seem to start OK usually, as well as they did when i kept them in peat anyway. They don't all always start.
I always keep my tubers in my heated greenhouse, but they should be Ok anywhere providing the frost doesn't get them. I've heard some growers saying they take theirs into a spare room in the house.

29 Oct, 2009

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