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Begonia Double Stars & others


Back in the springtime this year I wondered whether to do the baskets or not, well, I did & I got mixed results. On the sunny side of the house I decided to plant all pelagoniums & opposite in the shade would be begonias.
It was hot, then humid back then, do you remember, & my plan was working well but once we all got used to the heat it started to rain & rain & rain & rain ….
The poor pelagoniums didn’t like it & they retreated into small pathetic weedy looking things but the begonias were as happy as can be & they have flourished so I thought I’d take a picture & here it is along with a few others that I especially like.

Begonia Double Stars

Crocosmia George Davison

I bought a few plants too …..

Echinacea ’Art’s Pride’

Guara Pink Dwarf

…… & some roses

Rosa Perpetually Yours

Rosa Breath of Life

Rosa Iceberg

Rosa Absolutely Fabulous

Rosa Swany

Rosa Sweet Dream

Rosa Schoolgirl

Rosa Bridge of Sighs

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Think it has been as good a year for Begonias as for Roses
Have sweet dreams like that one, and Iceberg brings back memory's one of the first I grew along with Peace ,
xxxxx number of years ago

12 Aug, 2017


Your basket looks great wonder variety of garden flowers and roses gorgeous

12 Aug, 2017


Lovely photos of your flowers , my roses have done very well this year also.

12 Aug, 2017


Really lovely show of colours G'finger,your Begonia's have done you proud and the roses are gorgeous.
I found it has been the Fuschia's that have taken a long while to get started and the beds and borders had a long time between the spring display and the summer ones, we had weeks whereby although not particularly sunny weather, we just didn't get any rain, then of course it came and forgot to stop for days on end, quite nice and colourful now though...

12 Aug, 2017


You have some super plants GreenF, your roses are fabulous ?

12 Aug, 2017


Lovely pics, and you have made me drool over the Crocosmia George Davison - those especially caught my eye :)

12 Aug, 2017


Lovely selection of Roses, and the Begonias look great in the basket.

12 Aug, 2017


Everything is looking good. Love the double star begonias. ill be looking for those.

13 Aug, 2017


Thank you for your kind comments. Most of the roses are ones I had before in another garden, it felt like old friends returning when I bought them. The giant daisy stopped me in my tracks so had to have that, flowers are 5ins across!
I'd like to overwinter the begonias as I really like the spiky shape & colour of this variety but not had any joy with previous attempts.

13 Aug, 2017


Storing the tubers in a cardboard box wrapped in newspaper in the basement worked for me

13 Aug, 2017


I'll have to keep trying, GG said he thinks these basket ones are so floriferous they don't get time to make good tubers.

13 Aug, 2017


Not really, the tubers must have their resting period. The challenge is preventing mold growth, but you don't want them too too dry either, or they turn to dust. I find my cool dark basement closet the perfect solution.

They will sprout little 'eyes' like potatoes when they are ready to wake up, but you want to make sure all threat of frost is past before planting them out.

13 Aug, 2017


Lovely Echinacea. The above parts of the Echinacea purpurea are used in herbal remedies; the roots of Echinacea pallida are used to treat influenza symptoms.
A pretty plant that earns its keep and your "Art's Pride" is big and beautiful.

13 Aug, 2017


Ah you might have just hit on what I've been doing wrong, all this time I have been drying them off, dusting with yellow sulphur & packing away in coir, peat, wood shavings or whatever dry material I can find. When I unpack them they just crumble.

13 Aug, 2017


Eirlys, there is no conclusive evidence showing that echinacea products treat or prevent the common cold, cancer or anything else, its modern use for the common cold began when a Swiss herbal supplement maker was "erroneously told" that echinacea was used for cold prevention by Native American tribes.
It's one of those myths that has stuck.

16 Aug, 2017


I agree with you regarding the Begonias, ours have been good this year, roses not so good., unfortunately....btw a fantastic choice of roses, hope they all do well for you...

18 Sep, 2017


DD, They have all put on significant growth & flowered away, some still have buds but as it's colder doubt those will open.
I thought I had lost my dahlias but one appeared & has put out some buds but so late in the year unlikely to flower now - so disappointing.

19 Sep, 2017


Do you leave them in the ground?

19 Sep, 2017


I always mean to dig them up but somehow I rarely do so they end up taking their chances.

20 Sep, 2017


Beautiful selection you have there.

10 Oct, 2017


Thank you, 3d, glad you like it.

11 Oct, 2017


I certainly do lovely collection of Roses to.

11 Oct, 2017

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