Thursday, June 13, 2013

Begonias in Our Garden

                                                By Laura Crum

            Since Andy has been too busy to post here, I thought I’d give you a brief guest post (I’m his wife). I am not a great gardener by any means, and no expert on begonias. But I do have some very pretty tuberous begonia plants in my garden, which were raised by Andy from crosses he made for Golden State Bulb Growers. I thought you might enjoy seeing them.
            Here is the hanging basket begonia Andy gave me for Mother’s Day (salmon hanging basket begonia if you want to acquire it).

            Here is the plant he gave me for my birthday. A picotee upright—a new cross between the Amerihybrid begonias and the Antonelli lines. This one isn’t available for sale yet, but may be soon. In case you missed it, Golden State Bulb Growers bought Antonelli when that company went bankrupt, and is doing the best they can to keep the Antonelli lines in commerce.

           Red lace begonia on our front porch.

            And another picotee with some Antonelli blood on our back porch.

            An apricot hanging basket begonia grown rambling between other plants.

            Sunburst picotee begonia.

            So, not much of a post, but thought you might enjoy seeing some of the begonias Andy and I actually have in our own garden. Andy promises a better post soon. Cheers--Laura