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February 2017



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I think I'm fucked.

I bought my second Begonia today.


That *is* a particularly pretty one!

Now I want a silver one.

And black velvet.

And WOW, that Black Velvet!!

Now you really _can_ have a silver and black garden!
Well, you know what Callahan said, don't you?

you can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think!
Dorothy Parker said it first.
When speaking of the students at the local high school, I have said several times "You can lead a horse to culture ..." and no one has caught on to what I'm actually saying.

I didn't know that about Dorothy Parker.
Sure and begonia! Saints add preservatives to us!
Well now, it was an Iris bar.
What's wrong with Begonias?
I *love* them.

But they are crack.
That is kind of what I'm like with coleus. I started with a couple cuttings, fairly unobtrusive, then grew them through a summer where they got HUGE and lovely, and then I realized that hey, there are other coleuses all over the university's landscaping, and they're just going to dig it up in the fall....

This is why I have five types of coleus, three of them stolen.
I got started on coleus with cuttings from a U plant showing - they had an open house for one of their gardens at the St Paul campus. We went, and I asked them about the coleus. When I asked if I could have a couple of cuttings, after looking at me oddly, we talked about how to get them to get rooted (dab cut stem in talcum baby powder, keep it dipped in a cup of water until roots securely begin, then plant in potting soil).

So I walked home with a bunch of cuttings, and most years I buy new, and their newly-developed varieties, from the Ag/Hort students' spring plant sale.

Fun, lovely (well, often too pink, but I avoid those), easy to grow - and they take the weather something wonderful!

The cuttings make it really easy to start a new variety or add more plants to what you have, too.

And the cutting technique should work for begonias, too. ;D
I am extremely minimalist with my cuttings. Cut plant, stick in water, wait until roots grow. No rooting hormone, no talcum powder, just a pair of scissors (or a knife, if I'm heading to the university) and a coffee mug. This is also how I thin them for winter-- plants from young cuttings seem to do better inside than plants that have been outside. Don't know why.
Very nice. My mom was good with begonias (she has given up growing plants indoors), but I kill them.

But then, I'm good with the 'Christmas cactus' and she nearly killed that, so I suppose it's fair. . .
So far, no deaths.

I am murder on Mimosa, tho.
sure it starts out so innocently, a house plant or two, then you got a dozen african violets on the dining room table and the next thing you know, you are buying trees.. grin.
You didn't go back to Logee's, did you? Because I was so tempted to ask you to check out the begonia situation there when I read your plans for the earlier trip to the Pushers.

who has six, but one doesn't count
as it's a cutting from my oldest one --
the others are all eBay purchases =8-0

Hartford Flower Show.

The begonia situation at Logees is exceptional. *g*
Do the name Ruby Begonia strike a familiar note?

Hey i need some fig trees, any leads?
In North Carolina? No idea.

Logee's does mail order....
You can get surprisingly healthy plants on eBay. I believe Hirt's (sp?) Gardens has figs.
I've never been particularly charmed by begonias*; they've always looked a little too much like plastic representations of plants for people who can't be bothered with real plants. But that is better-than-usual begonia foliage. Given the extent of my distate for begonias generally, it must be killer in the actual leaf.

*My shallow plant prejudices are not solely aimed at begonias, though--I don't like African violets either.
I thought I didn't like begonias.

And then I saw some of the new ones.
Living in a first floor flat, albeit with a patio, what passes for my garden is about 1 foot by three feet. After killing all the existing weeds, I sprinkled bird seed over it. I got a lovely range of grasses, and a sunflower. Also, because I feed the birds, they occasionally "deposit" seeds from some other plant, so I never know what's going to come up.
I like your approach to gardening.
Last week I saw a begonia in the "jungle room" at a botanical gardens and it must have been at least 20 feet tall. It was very cool.
After many years of intending to I finally visited Kew Gardens in the outskirts of London, due to an Islamic music festival (which was superb). The Gardens are amazing, especially the tropical and desert houses. Astonishing plants, and I got to see salamanders for the first time.
Ooh, I love salamanders. The Smithsonian (in Washington D.C.) didn't have any animals that I saw, but recorded tree frogs in the jungle room for atmosphere, I guess. I didn't see the desert room there, but they had a very interesting exhibit of medicinal plants. Of course, the one I liked most wasn't labeled, so I'll have to go browse some books to see if I can find it.
Wait...Didn't anyone tell you that they're the source of all those pods? Better check under Bear's bed, folks! *snicker*