I've decided to look at some of my begonias for FFU this month.
B. 'Gene Daniels'
You can see the sheen of the leaf surface better with a flash but not so much the red glow when the sun is shining through it like above. The underside of the leaves is a beautiful red color.
On to the Rexes. This has been the summer of our discontent! They've usually performed brilliantly for me, even returning in the spring from pots left out in very sheltered spots. This one, a "Jurassic" begonia, came with huge leaves in a very root bound pot, got transplanted and placed in a nice dappled shady spot where it decided to loose all of those beautiful leaves, one at a time. Here it is starting again.
The next two are my fault. Both beautiful last year, got overwatered in the greenhouse, died back but are now returning from the dead.
Newish plants growing strangely inside the greenhouse.
Perhaps I should feed them?
Let's move on from the failures, shall we. B.pedatifida looks happy.
As does this species.
This big-leafed begonia seems very happy. Opie (opuntia) on the right is waving hello to you.
A tuberous begonia, grown mostly for it's flowers, also has beautiful leaves.
Spotty character in the concrete jungle.
B. 'San Miguel,' with me for three years, didn't make it outside this summer but doesn't seem to mind. It just keeps growing into a amorphous mass of hirsute leaves.
The astute reader will notice that these aren't begonias but rather lithops that I'm ever so proud of not killing yet. Give me time, It's only been a few months.
Pretty in pink a NOID begonia in a mixed pot from a plant sale.