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Fife Flower Show 2012 - Part 4 - Begonias


I like begonias and grow over 150 B.sempervirens in pots every year. They are a good choice for pots because they are maintenance free, but the ones at the Show are very special. The exhibitors nurture their begonias with great care. Then the best are brought to the show in the pots they have grown in. Others are ruthlessly shorn of their beautiful flower heads, which are then displayed on boards. The boards have holes in them so that the stems can reach the water stored below. The boards hold one, three or six stems depending on which class is entered.
Some in pots

Some classes call for three pots. Like this

The single head on a board was a well supported class. Could you choose a winner?

Boards holding three blooms was another busy class

Or how about a board with six precious blooms on it. I said to one exhibitor that I would feel like I was committing murder to cut these beauties and his reply was " If you come back at the end of the show you can have one, they will end up in the bin."

Here are a couple of links to interesting websites.

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No!! I couldn't choose a winner from all those pretty colours!

23 Sep, 2012


Absolutely beautiful. I certainly could not choose a winner. They are all winners in my book. Thanks for showing these gorgeous blooms scotsgran, makes me think I may try some next year.

23 Sep, 2012


I too think they are all beautiful. This is the first year I haven`t grown any in my pots and boy did I miss them, shall definitely be growing some next year.

23 Sep, 2012


I bought one from the nursery of this comany. I got a first at our flower show a few years back.
They have a superb selection and we went in just before Chelsea Flower Show,where they always pick up Gold. It was fantastic to see the greenhouses packed with these beautiful plants. If you live in the Bristol area, they are well worth a visit. They do mail order too.
Stroller I only grow the easy ones now because I found it was too windy where we are and the plants were spoiled by having too much in the way of supports. I do enjoy looking at them though.

23 Sep, 2012


They're all beautiful. Personally I like to see them growing on the plant, but I understand the exhibitors wanting to show them individually. What a shame to throw them in the bin though :o(

23 Sep, 2012


He was probably saying if nobody takes them they will go in the bin. I suppose they are a fleshy stemmed plant and the cut flowers could last quite well in water. I think a lot of people would have taken home a flower for a table centre decoration on the table on Sunday evening. They are looking good considering they were probably cut on Friday to bring to the show for staging in the evening.

23 Sep, 2012


Wow what a fantastic display of begonias.

16 Oct, 2012


Its amazing to see so many looking so fresh and so many beautiful colours.

16 Oct, 2012

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